Five Children’s Book Illustrators Named Finalists for Bull-Bransom Award March 25, 2014  |  Categories: Awards

National Museum of Wildlife Art to announce winner in Jackson Hole May 1

Covers from the five finalists for the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 2014 Bull-Bransom Award and (bottom right) last year’s winning illustrator, Eric Rohmann, shown with (from left to right) Lynn Friess, 2013 Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award winner Tahlia Nelsen, and “Oh, No!” author Candace Fleming.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – March 14, 2014 – Five children’s books have been selected as finalists in the 2014 Bull-Bransom Award competition:


  • Cheer Up, Mouse! by Jed Henry, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2013
  • FROG SONG © 2013 by Brenda Guiberson. Illustrations © 2013 by Grennady Spirin. (Reprinted by permission of Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.)
  • if you want to see a whale, story by Julie Fogliano, pictures by Erin E. Stead, A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, New York, 2013
  • Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, by Peter Brown, Little Brown and Company, New York, 2013
  • I’m the Scariest Thing in the Jungle, written and Illustrated by David G. Derrick, Jr., Immedium, 2013


Illustrators of the five books are under consideration for the award, which is presented annually by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo., to recognize excellence in children’s book illustration with a focus on wildlife and nature.  The 2014 winner of the Bull-Bransom Award will be announced at the museum on May 1, 2014, as part of its Celebration of Young Artists event, with the winning illustrator invited to attend.

“I really enjoy looking at and helping do research on all of the books that we consider for the Bull Bransom Award,” says Bronwyn Minton, assistant curator of art for the museum and a member of the finalist selection panel. “It’s fascinating to see the different illustrators’ approaches to portraying animals.”

Eric Rohmann won the 2013 Bull-Bransom Award for his illustrations in “Oh, No!” (Schwartz & Wade Books), written by Candace Fleming. The 2012 award went to Sylvia Long for A Butterfly is Patient (Chronicle Books), written by Dianna Hutts Aston. Both Rohmann and Long are serving on this year’s judging committee to select the 2014 winner.

Created in the tradition of such prestigious children’s book illustrator honors as the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King and Hans Christian Andersen awards, the Bull-Bransom Award is presented in the form of a medal and $5,000 cash award.  The National Museum of Wildlife Art named the award for Charles Livingston Bull and Paul Bransom, among the first American artist-illustrators to specialize in wildlife subjects.

A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.

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