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Tag Archives | Newbery Medal

O’Dell, Scott

Scott O’Dell was born in Los Angeles, CA, on May 23, 1898. His father was a railroad worker, and the family moved around a lot in the Southern California area when Scott was a boy. He loved the outdoors, the water, and sea life, all of which played a role in much of his children’s […]

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Newbery, John

      John Newbery, born on July 19, 1713, set up a bookshop and publishing house named the Bible and the Sun in London in 1744 and became one of the first to publish children’s books. In 1781, his firm published the first collection of nursery rhymes associated with Mother Goose. A Pretty Little […]

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Forbes, Esther

Esther Forbes, born on June 28, 1891, was well-known in her day as an author of historical novels for adults. In fact, she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1942 for Paul Revere and the World He Lived In. She was thought to be one of the foremost Revere scholars of her time. During her research […]

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Enright, Elizabeth

Born on September 17, 1909, Elizabeth Enright is well-remembered for her beautiful books about family life, including Gone-Away Lake, The Saturdays, and the 1939 Newbery Medal winner,Thimble Summer. Thimble Summer is set on a Wisconsin farm, which is where Ms. Enright spent many of her summers—with her uncle Frank Lloyd Wright on his Spring Green, Wisconsin farm. Her mother […]

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du Bois, William Pène

Born on May 9 in Nutley, New Jersey, William Pène Sherman du Bois, would become one of America’s most beloved children’s book illustrators and authors. His family had been involved in the arts for generations. When Pène du Bois was eight, his family moved to Paris, where they lived for the next six years. Here, […]

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Dennis, Wesley

Although Marguerite Henry’s horse books are favorites with children, it can be argued that they would not be as popular without (John) Wesley Dennis’ beautiful paintings. Born in Massachusetts on May 16, 1903, Dennis worked as a magazine ad illustrator while he was going to the New School in Boston. He then traveled to Paris […]

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DeJong, Meindert

Meindert DeJong (“Mick”) was born in Wierum, Netherlands on March 4, 1906. He emigrated to Grand Rapids, Michigan with his family when he was eight. He graduated with an A.B. from Calvin College in 1928. In World War II, he served in China as historian for the Chinese-American Wing of the 14th Air Force. He […]

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de Angeli, Marguerite

Marguerite (Lofft) de Angeli was born on March 14, 1889 in Lapeer, Michigan. Her father was a photographer and her grandfather was the town’s blacksmith. At the age of 13, her family moved to Philadelphia, where Marguerite’s artistic inclinations were encouraged. She was interested in singing, writing, and drawing, seemingly heading toward a career as a […]

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Armstrong, William H.

Born on September 14, 1911, in the Shenandoah Valley near Lexington, Virginia, William H. Armstrong graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1936. He married Martha Williams in 1942—they were the parents of two boys and a girl. His wife died when their children were very young. He farmed in Connecticut near the Housatonic River, also learning […]

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