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June Franklin Naylor Award
 



The June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas History, endowed by the family of June Franklin Naylor and sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, is given annually to the author/illustrator of the most distinguished book for children and young adults, grades K-12, that accurately portrays the history of Texas, whether fiction or nonfiction. A former schoolteacher and long-time resident of Odessa, Mrs. Naylor served as President General of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Inc., from 1989 to 1991.

2014 June Franklin Naylor Award Guidelines


2013 Recipient

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Collection Committee is pleased to announce that the 2012-2013 June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas History is awarded to co-authors David A. Adler and Michael S. Adler, and to illustrator Matt Collins for their book A Picture Book of Sam Houston, published in 2012 by Holiday House of New York.

The announcement was made Friday evening, May 23, by Mrs. Valerie Naylor Riefenstahl, daughter of the late June Franklin Naylor, at the 123rd Annual Convention of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. 

A three-member panel of judges comprised of historians, educators, and librarians judge the entries. The 2013 committee included its chairman Dr. Viki Ash, Coordinator of Children’s Services, San Antonio Public Library, and committee members Sherri Driscoll, Museum Educator, the Alamo, and Professor Amy Carter, English Department Instructional Facilitator, Floresville High School, Floresville, Texas.

The committee noted that Sam Houston, often depicted in terms larger-than-life, is given an even-handed treatment in this brief biography by David A. and Michael S. Adler.  Accompanying illustrations, by Matt Collins, add visual depth and detail to the text.  Together the authors and illustrators offer a concisely crafted look at this legendary Texan.

 

Not Awarded in 2011


2010 Recipient

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee is pleased to announce that the 2010 June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas History is awarded to Dotti Enderle for her book Crosswire, published in 2010 by Calkins Creek Books of Pennsylvania.

The announcement was made Friday evening, May 13, 2011, by Mrs. Elaine Milam Vetter, Chairman of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee, at the 120th Annual Convention of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. 

A three-member panel of judges comprised of historians, educators, and librarians evaluated the Naylor Award entries. The 2010 committee included its chairman Dr. Barbara Immroth, professor in the School of Information, the University of Texas at Austin, and committee members Dr. Viki Ash, Coordinator of Children's Services, San Antonio Public Library, and Professor Amy Carter, English Department Instructional Facilitator, Floresville High School, Floresville, Texas.

The committee noted that native Texan Dotti Enderle has crafted a suspenseful coming-of-age story set in rural Texas in 1883. Thirteen-year-old Jesse Wade tells a story of personal struggle, family tension, and drought-induced fence cutting. Enderle’s cast of well-developed characters includes a tyrannical father, a rebellious older brother, and an undercover Texas Ranger. Tight plotting and historical detail add to the books’ appeal.

          

 

2009 Recipient

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee is pleased to announce that the 2009 June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas History is awarded to Ellen Howard for her book The Crimson Cap, published in 2009 by the Holiday House, New York.

The announcement was made Friday evening, May 14, 2010, by Mrs. Elaine Milam Vetter, Chairman of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee, at the 119th Annual Convention of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.. 

A three-member panel of judges comprised of historians, educators, and librarians evaluated the Naylor Award entries. The 2009 committee included its chairman Dr. Barbara Immroth, professor in the School of Information, the University of Texas at Austin, and committee members Dr. Viki Ash, Coordinator of Children's Services, San Antonio Public Library, and Mrs. Amy Carter, English Department Instructional Facilitator, Floresville High School, Floresville, Texas.

The committee noted that Ms. Howard weaves a compelling tale around the historical figure Pierre Talon.  The young boy is only ten in 1687 when he leaves LaSalle’s doomed settlement on Matagorda Bay in search of aid from the settlers of New France.  Braving illness and intrigue, Pierre struggles with inner conflicts as well – questions of personal safety, family solidarity, and ultimate justice.  Howard skillfully portrays Pierre’s hardships, friendships and personal struggles in a story that is sensitive to cultural diversity and historical nuance.

 

 

2008 Recipient


The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee is pleased to announce the 2008 June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas History is awarded to author Tracey E. Fern and illustrator Lauren Castillo for Buffalo Music, published in 2008 by Clarion Books, New York. The announcement was made Friday evening, May 15, 2009, by Connie Impelman, Chairman of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee, at the 118th Annual Convention of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, in Killeen, Texas.

A three-member panel of judges comprised of historians, educators, and librarians evaluated the Naylor Award entries. The 2008 committee included its chairman Dr. Barbara Immroth, professor in the School of Information, the University of Texas at Austin, and committee members Dr. Viki Ash, Coordinator of Children's Services, San Antonio Public Library, and Linda Plevak, Adjunct Librarian, Northeast Lakeview College, Universal City, Texas.

When Mary Ann Goodnight and her husband Charles settled in the Palo Duro Canyon in 1876, the "music of the buffalo" was the background score of their lives. However, the buffalo hunters quickly decimated the herds, much to Mary Ann's dismay.

Inspired by real people and events of Texas history and writing as "Miss Molly" herself, Tracey E. Fern tells the story of one woman's efforts to save the American Bison. Although she began with only two orphaned buffalo calves, Miss Molly's conservation efforts ultimately assisted in the repopulation of buffalo in Yellowstone National Park.

The Naylor Award Committee notes that the book should appeal not only to children interested in the rich anecdotes that comprise Texas history but also those young readers with interests in nature and endangered species.

 

2007 Recipient


Library Committee Chairman Nancy Marion presents the 2007 Naylor Award to Paul Robert Walker as President General Madge Roberts applauds.

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee is pleased to announce that the 2007 June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas History is awarded to Paul Robert Walker for his book Remember the Alamo: Texians, Tejanos, and Mexicans Tell their Stories, published in 2007 by the National Geographic Society, Washington, D. C., as part of National Geographic's Remember series on pivotal events in American history. The announcement was made Friday evening, May 16, 2008, by Nancy Marion, Chairman of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee, at the 117th Annual Convention of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, held in Tyler, Texas.

A three-member panel of judges comprised of historians, educators, and librarians evaluated the Naylor Award entries. The 2007 committee included its chairman Dr. Barbara Immroth, professor in the School of Information, the University of Texas at Austin, and committee members Dr. Viki Ash, Coordinator of Children's Services, San Antonio Public Library, and Linda Plevak, Library Director, Bulverde/Spring Branch Public Library. The committee noted that Mr. Walker brings his journalistic credentials to bear in this balanced account of the battle of the Alamo. Placing the conflict within its broader political and historical context, he paints a detailed picture of the many personalities and perspectives involved.

The book, which includes a forward by Alamo Curator and Historian Richard Bruce Winders, features archival photos and period paintings as well as maps and timelines that provide the reader with additional historical detail. These same features lend the volume considerable value as a reference tool for those looking for specific facts and figures. The 2007 Naylor Award Committee recommends the book as an engaging and informative read that should appeal to children and adults alike.

 

2006 Recipient


 
Valerie Riefenstahl, third from left, is shown with the 2006 Naylor Award winner, The Lady in the Blue Cloak by Eric Kimmel and illustrated by Susan Guevara. Others pictured are, left to right, Elaine Davis, DRT Library Director, Ed Riefenstahl, Mrs. Riefenstahl, and Laura Beavers, DRT Library Committee Chairman.

  The 2006 award went to Eric Kimmel, author, and Susan Guevara, illustrator, for their book The Lady in the Blue Cloak: Legends from the Texas Missions, published in 2006 by Holiday House, New York. The 2006 committee included its chairman Dr. Barbara Immroth, professor in the School of Information, the University of Texas at Austin, and committee members Dr. Viki Ash, Coordinator of Children's Services, San Antonio Public Library, and Linda Plevak, Library Director, Bulverde/Spring Branch Public Library.


 

2005 Recipient

2005 Naylor Award Presentation
 
Dr. Anne Bustard, far right, is shown accepting the 2005 June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas History for Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly. Illustrator Kurt Cyrus shared the honors but was unable to be present. Also shown in the photo with DRT Library Committee Chairman Laura Beavers, who is second from left, are Mrs. Naylor's son-in-law Ed Riefenstahl and her daughter Valerie Naylor Riefenstahl, fund benefactors.

  The 2005 award was presented to Dr. Anne Bustard, author, and Kurt Cyrus, illustrator for their book Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly, at the 115th Convention of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in Arlington, Texas. The 2005 Naylor Award Committee included its chairman Dora Elizondo Guerra, historian and Spanish translator; Lucie Olson, independent library consultant, and Lucy Podmore, educator.


 

2004 Recipient

2004 Naylor Award Presentation
 
Sally Senzell Isaacs is shown accepting the 2004 June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas History from Naylor Committee Chairman Madge Thornall Roberts.

  The 2004 award was presented to Sally Senzell Isaacs, author of Cattle Trails and Cowboys, 1840-1890, at the 114th Convention of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in Midland, Texas, on May 13, 2005. The 2004 Naylor Award Committee included its chairman Madge Thornall Roberts, author, historian, and Alamo Committee Chairman; Dr. Richard Bruce Winders, Historian/Curator at the Alamo; and Lucie Olson, independent library consultant.


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