Children’s Author Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Author/Illustrator Claudia McGehee Win the John Burroughs Riverby Award

New York, NY – Children’s book writer Jacqueline Briggs Martin and author/illustrator Claudia McGehee have been honored by the John Burroughs Association with the Riverby Award. The award is given to exceptional natural history books for young readers. Briggs Martin and McGehee wrote and illustrated Creekfinding, A True Story (published by the University of Minnesota, 2017) which was recognized at the Association’s annual event at the Yale Club in New York City, Monday, April 2, 2018. Claudia McGehee accepted the award on behalf of the team. “Because of this honor, our book about a restored creek will meander its way to many more readers”, she said.

The John Burroughs Riverby Award has been given annually since 1988 to books that present perceptive and artistic accounts of direct experiences in the world of nature, demonstrating a respect for nature, accuracy of information, and quality of prose and illustrations.

Publisher Weekly said of Creekfinding, A True Story, “The story springs to life through Martin’s (Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious) buoyant, personified language. McGehee’s (North Woods Girl) vibrant, stylized illustrations show nearly smiling fish, birds, and insects populating their new environment.” 

Jacqueline Briggs Martin has written more than fifteen picture books including the Caldecott Award–winning Snowflake Bentley and Chicken Joy on Redbean Road and Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table. Her most recent title,

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix won multiple awards, including the 2018 Robert F. Sibert Honor for the Most Distinguished Informational Book. Claudia McGehee is an award-winning author/illustrator of eight picture books, including most recently North Woods Girl (the 2015 winner of the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award), My Wilderness, Where Do Birds Live, A Woodlands Counting Book, and A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet. Her work can be seen nationally in museum exhibits, packaging design, and other books.

For more information about Briggs Martin, visit, for McGehee, visit, and The John Burroughs Riverby Award at

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