The Donna Norvell Collection
Donna Norvell

From 1992-2004, Donna Norvell was the Children’s Consultant for the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. On October 27, 2004, Oklahoma’s Library community lost Donna to an inoperable brain tumor. Donna was the driving force behind Oklahoma award winning public library Summer Reading Programs. During her tenure, she brought 12 original themes to the Summer Reading Program (SRP). She diligently worked to produce the SRP manual which included bibliographies, program ideas and presenters. Donna traveled extensively each spring bringing the concept of the SRP and her enthusiasm for each new theme to all public libraries in the state. Due to Donna's dedication, summer reading participation in Oklahoma more than tripled from 26,555 during her first year to nearly 98,000 in 2004.

During her tenure at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Donna developed a Youth Advisory Services Council. With Donna’s guidance and counsel, librarians from across the state representing all types of libraries worked for three years to develop library standards for working with children and youth. Youth Services Guidelines for Oklahoma, 2003 was the result of this effort.

Donna received her Bachelor of Art Degree in Biology and Physical Education from the University of Southern Colorado. She held teaching Certificates in Colorado as an Education Media Specialist and in Oklahoma as a School Library Media Specialist. In 1982, Donna completed her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Oklahoma.

A mentor for both public and school librarians, Donna was known throughout the state and respected for her expertise and intelligence regarding children’s development, literature, libraries and library services. She was a contributing member to many professional organizations including: ALA, MPLA, ALSC, PLA, IRA and OLA. Donna was an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma where she taught Children’s Literature. She was also a Teacher’s Associate in the College of Education at Oklahoma State University. She co-authored Travel the Globe: Multicultural Storytimes with Sandy Shropshire, DeeDee Corn, Elaine Harrod, and Desiree Webber.

After Donna's death, a group of colleagues formed the Donna Norvell Memorial Committee and as a result, the Donna Norvell Book Award was created. The award is for a book selected by the OLA Sequoyah teams based on Sequoyah criteria.

The Donna Norvell Collection
available at the Mary L. Williams Curriculum Materials Library

A Child’s First Book of Poems
Dear Oklahoma City, Get Well Soon: America’s Children Reach Out to the People of Oklahoma
The Girlhood Diary of Louisa May Alcott 1843-1846: Writings of a Young Author
The Girlhood Diary of Wanda Gag 1908-1909: Portrait of a Young Artist
The History of Making Books: From Clay tablets, Papyrus Rolls, and Illuminated Manuscripts to the Printing Press
The Kate Greenaway Treasury
A Little Good Book Collection: Farm Tales
Oz: The 100th Anniversary
Ring o’ Roses: A Nursery Rhyme Picture Book
What’s On the Menu?

Aiken, Joan The Witch of Clatteringshaws
Ames, Lee J Draw 50 Animals
Asch, Frank Mooncake
Ashforth, Camilla Horatio’s Bed
Bang, Molly Nobody Particular: One Woman’s Fight to Save the Bays
Bateman, Colin Running with the Reservoir Pups
Baum, Frank L. The Wizard of Oz
Berenstain, Stan & Jan Down a Sunny Dirt Road
Blos, Joan W. A Gathering of Days
Bone, Ian Time Trap
Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre
Brown, Margaret Wise Awakened by the Moon
Bunting, Eve The Man Who Could Call Down Owls ----- A Sudden Silence
Burleigh, Robert Home Run
Byars, Betsy The Moon and I
Campbell, Patricia J. Presenting Robert Cormier
Carmody, Isobelle Night Gate
Carle, Eric Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
Carpenter, Angelica L.Frank Baum: Royal Historian of Oz
Carroll, Lewis Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
Cart, Michael From Romance to Realism: 50 Years of Growth and Change in Young Adult Literature ----- What’s So Funny?: Wit and Humor in American Children’s Literature
Cavendish, Grace Conspiracy
Cleary, Beverly Dear Mr. Henshaw
Collins, David R. To The Point: A Story About E.B. White
Cooney, Caroline B. The Girl Who Invented Romance
Cooper, Susan The Boggart and the Monster
Cormier, Robert I Have Words to Spend
Crilley, Mark Akiko: The Training Master
Crum, Shutta The Bravest of the Brave
Dahl, Lucy James and the Giant Peach: The Book and Movie Scrapbook
Daly, Jay Presenting S.E. Hinton
Dewan, Ted Bing Go Picnic ----- Bing Make Music
Dragonwagon, Crescent Alligator Arrived with Apples: A Potluck Alphabet Feast
----- Dear Miss Moshki
Ellsworth, Mary Ellen Gertrude Chandler Warner and the Boxcar Children
Feinstein, John Last Shot
Fisher, Leonard Everett Alphabet Art: Thirteen ABCs from Around the World
----- Ellis Island: Gateway to the New World
Fritz, Jean China Homecoming
----- What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?
Gallo, Donald Presenting Richard Peck
George, Jean Craighead The Cry of the Crow
Gherman, Beverly E.B. White Some Writer!
Gilson, Jamie 4B Goes Wild
Gleitzman, Morris Toad Heaven
Goldstein, Bobbye S. What’s on the Menu
Gottfried, Maya Good Dog
Greenburg, J.C. Andrew Lost on Earth
Haley, Gail E. The Post Office Cat
Heck, Bessie Holland Danger on the Homestead
Holtze, Sally Holmes Presenting Norma Fox Mazer
Howard, Todd Understanding the Outsiders: Understanding Great Literature
Howe, Deborah & James Teddy Bear’s Scrapbook
Irwin, Hadley Abby, My Love
Judson, Karen Isaac Asimov
Kehret, Peg Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio (2)
Keith, Harold The Runt of Rogers School
Kellogg, Steven Aster Aardvark’s Alphabet Adventures
Kenny, Kathryn The Marshland Mystery
Kipling, Rudyard The Jungle Book
Konigsburg, E.L. TalkTalk
Kraus, Robert Mrs. Elmo of Elephant House
Kunhardt, Edith Daddy’s Scratchy Face
----- Judy’s Flower Bed
Lowry, Lois Looking Back: A Book of Memories
Lukens, Rebecca J A Critical Handbook of Children’s Literature
Lyttle, Richard B. Mark Twain: The Man and His Adventures MacLachlan, Patricia Mama One, Mama Two Mahy, Margaret Aliens in the Family ----- The Haunting Manroe, Candace Ord Decorative Eggs Marshall, James Red Riding Hood McCloskey, Robert Burtdow Deep-Water Man ----- Make Way for Ducklings McKernan, Victoria Shackleton’s Stowaway Muller, Melissa Anne Frank Murphy, Frank Babe Ruth Saves Baseball! Myers, Anna Red-Dirt Jessie Nesbit, E. The Enchanted Castle Nilsen, Allen Pace Presting M.E. Kerr Nixon, Joan Lowery Aggie’s Home ----- Circle Of Love ----- David’s Search ----- Lucy’s Wish ----- Will’s Choice Numeroff, Laura Si Le Das Una Galletita a Un Raton Peck, Richard Anonymously Yours ----- The Ghost Belonged to Me (2) ----- Ghosts I Have Been ----- Secrets of the Shopping Mall (2) Pfeffer, Susan Beth Who Were They Really?: The True Stories behind Famous Characters Reef, Catherine John Steinbeck ----- Walt Whitman Regan, Dian Curtis I’ve Got Your Number Riddell, Chris; Paul Stewart Hero Rottman, S.L. The Edge Chronicles ----- Rough Waters Rylant, Cynthia But I’ll Be Back Again Schwartz, Alvin Witcracks Severance, John B. Winston Churchill: Soldier, Statesman, Artist Siebert, Diane Train Song Sierra, Judy The Flannel Board Storytelling Book Smith, Lucinda Irwin Women Who Write Spier, Peter Noah’s Ark ----- Rain Stefoff, Rebecca Herman Melville Stein, Tammar Light Years Stevens, Kathleen The Beast in the Bathtub Stewig, John Warren Looking At Picture Books Stine, R.L. One Night in Doom House Tafuri, Nancy Have You Seen My Duckling? Taulbert, Clifton L. Little Cliff’s First Day of School Taylor, Theodore The Cay ----- Walking Up a Rainbow Tepper, Danny Look Who’s Talking! On the Farm Tingum, Janice E.B. White: The Elements of a Writer Vollmer, Dennis Joshua Disobeys Wadsworth, Ginger Rachel Carson: Voice for the Earth Wahl, Jan Tales of Fuzzy Mouse: 6 Cozy Stories for Bedtime Wallis, Michael & Suzanne 66: Stories from the Road Ward, Lynd The Silver Pony Watson, Wendy Little Brown Bear White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web Wildsmith, Brian Daisy Williams, Margery The Velveteen Rabbit Wisniewski, David Golem Yolen, Jane Picnic with Piggins ----- Piggins Yorkins, Arthur Hey, Al Young, Robert Teddy Bears Zelinsky, Paul The Maid and the Mouse and the Odd-Shaped House: A Story in Rhyme Zolotow, Charlotte The Hating Book ----

The Donna Norvell Oklahoma Book Award

Donna Norvell Award

The Donna Norvell Book Award honors a book making a significant contribution to the field of literature for children through third grade. These works are defined as those written and illustrated to present, organize, and interpret material for children.

Terms and Criteria:

The Donna Norvell Book Award will be given annually and administered by the Oklahoma Library Association's Sequoyah committee. The only limitation set as to the type of book chosen is for it to be an original work.
The award is restricted to books with authors and illustrators residing primarily within the United States.
The winning title will be selected by the Sequoyah Committee, which consists of an Administrative Team and two reading teams.
The award will be announced simultaneously with the winning Sequoyah Book Award prior to the annual conference of the Oklahoma Library Association.
The award shall consist of a plaque and/or medal honoring the author and illustrator. Both will be invited to the Association's annual conference to accept the award.


  • High quality in writing and illustrations.
  • Clarity and accuracy of presentation in both text and illustrative material.
  • Distinctive use of language and excellent artistic presentation in illustration.
  • Stimulating presentation of concepts and ideas.
  • Engaging writing and illustrations.
  • Style of presentation is appropriate with the age level for which the book is written.

Leaf Man by Ehlert
2007 Winner
Leaf Man
by Lois Ehlert.
Orlando, FL. Harcourt, c2005.

Presented on die-cut pages, this story tells about how a man made of leaves blows away and travels wherever the wind takes him.

Wild About Books by Sierra
2006 Winner
Wild About Books
by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Marc Brown.
New York: Knopf, 2004.

A librarian named Mavis McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake.