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2013 June Franklin Naylor Award Announced!

May 23, 2014

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.

With beautiful illustrations and text appropriate for anyone at any reading level, this is a great book for learning about Texas history!

With beautiful illustrations and text appropriate for anyone at any reading level, this is a great book for learning about Texas history!

The announcement will be 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.

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 Collection, 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. Mrs. Naylor, for whom the award is named, was a former schoolteacher and long-time resident of Odessa. She served as President General of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Inc., from 1989-1991.

For more information on the June Franklin Naylor Award, see our webpage with links to guidelines and recent winners. For questions about the award, contact Leslie Stapleton, Director of the Alamo Research Center or call (210) 225-2071.

Congratulations to the authors and the illustrator!

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