Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters
Most adults seem to lose their connection to childhood as they grow up. Clearly,
Rick Walton has not. His ability to communicate with children in a way they both
understand and appreciate is a rare gift. His stories show that he knows well what
it's like to be a child, and the proof is that children love them.
From the beginning, when he published his first original collections of riddles,
Walton has used his love of language to shape the books he writes. Whether
explaining adverbs, as in Suddenly, Alligator!, or playing around with
compound words, as in the delightful Once There Was a Bull... Frog, Walton
combines fun, energetic storytelling with an education most children don’t even
realize they’re getting.
Over the course of his twenty-year career, with more than fifty books for children
to his credit--and many more to come--Rick Walton has more than left his mark on the
field of children's literature; he has in many ways set the standard for aspiring
writers to strive toward. We are pleased to present this award to Rick Walton for
his exceptional contribution to Mormon literature.