Thank you, ALSC and YALSA!

For Immediate Release

Contact: Debra Skiver Cardillo                                                                                

Updated 8 February 2015

H.O.R.S.E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination


-Third win for Live Oak Media-

February 2, 2015 The Live Oak Media audio recording of the award-winning book written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, and read by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers, has won the 2015 Odyssey Award. This is the third Odyssey Award for the company, including the inaugural award in 2007 for JAZZ, also illustrated by Christopher Myers and written by his father, the late Walter Dean Myers.

The Odyssey was created to honor the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults and is co-sponsored by the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The Odyssey Award announcement was made at the ALA Youth Media Awards press conference this morning during the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Chicago, along with other significant awards for children’s literature, including the Newbery and Caldecott Medals.

Live Oak Media Producer Arnie Cardillo said “Chris Myers’ H.O.R.S.E. gave Dion, Chris, and everyone else who worked on the audio production the opportunity to let go of the everyday world for awhile and, like the characters in the book, let our imaginations soar. I’m glad that the Odyssey Committee joined in on the fun! It was great being in the studio with Dion and Chris, who perfectly personified the spirit and banter of the two friends. We’ve been honored over the years to work on several recordings with Chris and also with Walter and their editor Regina Griffin, and this feels especially rewarding.”    “Having directed and, along with Chris Myers, narrated H.O.R.S.E it’s a thrill to learn of this prestigious award,” said Dion Graham. “That this follows our previous collaboration, WE ARE AMERICA, written by the great Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Chris…let’s just say it’s great to be on the H.O.R.S.E together again. It’s particularly gratifying to receive this honor along with my dear friends Arnie and Debra Cardillo of Live Oak Media. For many years they have consistently produced excellent creative work for children (and us others) that dares to think outside of the box. H.O.R.S.E is all that AND a bounce pass to the moon! A great surprise. What an honor.”  Located in Hudson Valley, New York, Live Oak Media is a small, family-owned audio publisher with a 35-year-tradition of producing recordings of classic and award-winning children’s literature.

In addition to this third win of a prize from the committee formed of membership from both the Young Adult Library Services Committee (YALSA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)–a prize that is only seven years old–Live Oak Media also earned kudos and recognition  via the ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings List this year. Live Oak Media has three titles on this list:

Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It, written by Michael Kaplan, and performed by Katherine Kellgren

Deep in the Swamp, written by Donna M. Bateman, and performed by Tom Chapin

H. O. R. S. E., written by Christopher Myers, and performed by Dion Graham



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