Whistling Wings takes home the National Outdoor Book Award

MedalWin100Just announced! The winners of the 2009 National Outdoor Book Awards. Imagine our excitement—reading through my morning edition of Shelf Awareness, and there we were! Sylvan Dell Publishing, Whistling Wings, taking home the award in the Children’s category!

Whistling Wings is an eye-catching book for the 5-9 age group.  Laura Goering’s warm and inviting story combined with Laura Jacques luminous illustrations make this a winner for parents and children alike.  It’s about Marcel, a tundra swan.  Marcel is flying south and stops at an inviting lake for food and rest.  Still tired, he hides in the rushes as his parents and the other swans take off, leaving him behind.  At first he’s fine, but soon the lake begins to freeze and he finds himself in trouble.  Hungry and scared, he falls asleep only to be awakened by a big surprise. This 2008 release has already won two previous awards: a 2008 Moonbeam Bronze in the Picture Book category, as well as a 2009 Mom’s Choice Award Gold. It was most recently included on the 2010-2011 South Dakota Prairie Bud Master Reading List.

From the awards website: “The National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) is the outdoor world’s largest and most prestigious book award program.  It is a non-profit, educational program, sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University. 

“The purpose of the awards is to recognize and encourage outstanding writing and publishing.  Each fall in early November, the NOBA Foundation announces the winners of the ten categories making up the program, including History, Literature, Children, Nature, Natural History, Instructional, Adventure Guidebook, Nature Guidebook, Design, and Outdoor Classic. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges consisting of educators, academics, book reviewers, authors, editors, and outdoor columnists from throughout the country.”

Tundra-Swans_2139This award has been announced at the perfect time! It’s time for the fall tundra swan migration in Alma, Wisconsin! Every fall, these majestic birds pass through the Rieck’s Lake Park in Alma, Wisconsin, on their annual migration from northern Canada and Alaska to the Chesapeake Bay area. Each year, bird lovers visit Alma to see the swans from the Rieck’s Lake Park Wildlife Observation Platform. During the fall migration, the observation platform at Rieck’s Lake Park is staffed daily by volunteers. If you’re in the area, tour groups can arrange for a guide by calling 608-248-3499 or visit the Travel Wisconsin website.

Congrats to Laura Goering and Laura Jacques for this amazing achievement!

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