2018 Fact Sheet


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: Laurie Halse Anderson (2017), Gordon Korman (2016), Sharon Draper (2015), Jack Gantos (2014), Jim Murphy (2013), 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).


Pam Muñoz Ryan is the winner of the 2018 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature.


Friday, May 4 – 7 p.m., Hardesty Regional Library, Connor’s Cove, 8316 E. 93rd St.

Zarrow Award and Young People’s Creative Writing Contest Awards Presentation

Ryan will receive the Zarrow award, and speak about her life and works.  She also will present awards to the winners of the 2018 Young People’s Creative Writing Contest at the ceremony.  Following questions from the audience, she will sign copies of her books.  This program is free and open to the public.


The award is a program of the Tulsa City-County Library, made possible through the Tulsa Library Trust by a grant from the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.


Ryan is being recognized for writing more than 40 books to inspire imaginations, dreams and pride in all ages. From picture books, early readers and young adult novels, her writing encourages cultural awareness and the importance of believing in yourself.

Ryan began her career as a bilingual Head Start teacher and a director for an early childhood program. Working on her master’s degree in Post-secondary Education at San Diego State University, a professor encouraged Ryan to pursue a career in professional writing.

“Echo,” an original fairytale intertwined with historical fiction, was the recipient of the Kirkus Prize and also received the 2016 Newbery Honor.

The American Library Association has recognized her twice as the best Latina author with the Pura Belpre Medal for “Esperanza Rising” (2002) and “The Dreamer” (2011). Presented annually, the award is named after Pura Belpre, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library.


  • To encourage children and teens to read and write by promoting the prize, and the author’s books and visit, throughout the library’s summer reading program and the Young People’s Creative Writing Contest.
  • To introduce children and teens to favorite authors of literary distinction and present famous authors as real people and role models.
  • To provide a major event that brings families into the library and is a rallying point for the Summer Reading Program.
  • To give young readers the opportunity to learn from a successful author's writing experiences.


The Tulsa Library Trust is a public charity 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.