The Children's Book Award Committee's duties pertain to children's and young adult authors and illustrators exclusively. The Committee provides additions to the list of Notable Wisconsin Authors/Illustrators and the biographical information which accompanies them; selects the recipient of the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award; constructs an annual list of publications for children and young adults created by Wisconsin authors and illustrators which were published during the previous year, and annually selects a maximum of ten books to receive Outstanding Achievement recognition.

Criteria for the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award and the Outstanding Achievement include:

  1. Publication in the year preceding the year of presentation
  2. recognition of a single work, not for the body of an author’s/illustrator’s work; and
  3. the work must be written or illustrated by a person who was born in Wisconsin, is currently living in Wisconsin, or who lived in Wisconsin for a significant length of time. 

The Committee welcomes nominations. Title, author and/or illustrator, date of publication and author's/illustrator's connection to Wisconsin can be submitted to the current Committee Chair via email. Though not required for consideration, a copy of the nominated book can be mailed to the Children's Book Award Committee c/o the WLA office. Copies sent will not be returned. Nominations must be received by April 15 of their eligible year.

Children's Book Award Committee
c/o Murray Johnson, 2024 Chair
Wisconsin Library Association
PO BOX 6437
112 OWEN ROAD #6437
Monona, WI 53716


Email to the Children's Book Award Committee Chair
[email protected]

The Committee is made up of seven members appointed for two-year terms (three terms expiring in one year, four in the next) by the Appointments Committee with recommendations from the Chair of the Youth Services Section.


Chair - Murray Johnson

Hanna Collins, Youth Services Librarian, Slinger Community Library
Dawn Tevis, Youth Services Coordinator, La Crosse County Library 
Katrina Wulff, Youth Services Manager, Neenah Public Library
Ann Vickman, Portage Public Library
Sarah French, Irvin L Young Memorial Library