Professional Awards

  • National Storytelling Network North Central Service and Leadership ORACLE Award
  • National Storytelling Network Oracle Award for Distinguish National Service
  • Michigan Association for Media in Education Mentor Award
  • Michigan Association for Media in Education Ruby Brown Award for Individual Excellence
  • Fitzgerald Board of Education Commendation of Excellence
  • Education Excellence Rising Star Award – Michigan Association of School Boards

“Judy Sima is considered the Pied Piper of storytelling in the Metropolitan Detroit area. More than any other single storyteller, Judy has helped to foster and cultivate the next generation of storytellers. Judy’s love of story is infectious and she has willingly shared her talents, her resources and her enthusiasm throughout the North Central region and beyond.” — National Storytelling Network, North Central Service and Leadership Oracle Award recipient

Awards for “Raising Voices: Creating Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes”

  • Five Foot Bookshelf: VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Essential Books for Professionals Who Serve Teens Download PDF
  • Storytelling World Honor Award
  • Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award

Awards for “Good Character”

  • Gold Award Creative Magazine DVD of the Year Award
  • Creative Child Magazine DVD of the Year Gold Award

 

Professional Affiliations

  • National Storytelling Network, Board of Directors
  • Northlands Storytelling Network, Board of Directors
  • Michigan Reading Association
  • Michigan Association for Media in Education
  • International Reading Association
  • Detroit Story League, President 1996-2022
  • American Library Association
  • American Association of School Librarians
  • Judy founded and facilitates The Fitzgerald Parent-Tellers, (Michigan Association for Media in Education Volunteer Award)
  • Judy founded The Chatterton Talespinners, a middle school student storytelling troupe