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Archives for February 1976

Where Do All the Prizes Go?: The Case for Nonfiction

By Milton Meltzer Every year since 1922 the Newbery Medal has been awarded to an author for “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.“ Of the fifty-three Newbery winners to date, how many have been nonfiction? Only five: Hendrik Van Loon’s Story of Mankind (Liveright), the very first, in 1922; Cornelia Meigs’ Invincible Louisa (Little), 1934; […]

Where Do All the Prizes Go? The Case for Nonfiction

by Milton Meltzer Every year since 1922 the Newbery Medal has been awarded to an author for “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Of the fifty-three Newbery winners to date, how many have been nonfiction? Only five: Hendrik Van Loon’s Story of Mankind (Liveright), the very first, in 1922; Cornelia Meigs’ Invincible […]