The Award for Young Readers' Literature was inaugurated in 1991 and is given annually by the Tulsa Library Trust. In 1992, it was permanently named in honor of Anne V. Zarrow. Its purpose is to give formal recognition, on behalf of the Tulsa County community, to nationally acclaimed authors who have made a significant contribution to the field of literature for children and young adults.
The award consists of a $7,500 cash prize and an engraved crystal book.
Past winners are: Jacqueline Woodson (2012), Kathryn Lasky (2011), Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (2010), Christopher Paul Curtis (2009), Louis Sachar (2008), Kate DiCamillo (2007), Sharon Creech (2006), Avi (2005), Susan Cooper (2004), Russell Freedman (2003), Richard Peck (2002), E.L. Konigsburg (2001), Jerry Spinelli (2000), Jane Yolen (1999), Cynthia Voigt (1998), Gary Paulsen (1997), Walter Dean Myers (1996), Lois Lowry (1994), Katherine Paterson (1993), Madeleine L'Engle (1992) and S.E. Hinton (1991).
Jim Murphy is the winner of the 2013 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature.
Aug. 23 and 24
Zarrow Award Presentation
Friday, Aug. 23 • 7 p.m.
Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road
Young People’s Creative Writing Contest Awards Presentation
Saturday, Aug. 24 • 10 a.m.
Hardesty Regional Library, Connor’s Cove, 8316 E. 93rd St.
On Aug. 23, Jim Murphy will receive the Zarrow award, and speak about his life and works. On Aug. 24, Murphy will present awards to the winners of the 2013 Young People's Creative Writing Contest. Murphy will answer questions from the audience and sign books at both events.
Both programs are free and open to the public.
Tulsa Library Trust and Tulsa City-County Library
“Making History Come Alive” is Jim Murphy’s motto. During his prestigious career, he has written more than 30 nonfiction books for young people, including his most recent titles “The Giant and How He Humbugged America” and “Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting.” According to Anita Silvey in an interview featured in School Library Journal in June 2010, “…Murphy’s works are distinguished by his extensive research, superb writing and knack for knowing how to keep young readers breathlessly turning those pages.”
He has received many awards and honors, including two Newbery Honor Book awards, a National Book Award finalist medal, as well as the 2010 Margaret A. Edwards Award, which is a lifetime achievement honor overseen by the Young Adult Library Services Association and sponsored by School Library Journal. The Edwards award committee selected Murphy for his “gripping nonfiction” and “significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens,” and praised him for these five titles: “An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793” (2003), “Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America” (2000), “A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy” (1996), “The Great Fire” (1995) and “The Long Road to Gettysburg” (1992). In addition to these awards, many of Murphy’s titles also appear on innumerable Best Book lists.
Jim lives in Maplewood, N.J., with his wife, Alison Blank, a children’s TV producer/children’s book author and editor, and two sons.
The Tulsa Library Trust is a public foundation created by private contributions to benefit Tulsa City-County Library. Income generated by the Trust's endowment is used to fund projects and purchase materials that the library could not afford through its operating budget.
Elizabeth McCormick is chairwoman of the 2013 Zarrow Award Committee, which is made up of about 15 community volunteers. Laura Bachman is chairwoman of the Author Selection Committee.