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Horn Book Fanfare 1950

Horn Book Fanfare

Best books of 1950

Chosen annually by our editors, Fanfare is The Horn Book Magazine’s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year.

Picture Books
All Kinds of Time written and illustrated by Harry Behn (Harcourt)
Dick Whittington and His Cat written and illustrated by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
A Bell for Ursli written by Selina Chönz, illustrated by Alois Carigiet (Oxford)
Rosa-Too-Little written and illustrated by Sue Felt (Doubleday)
The Two Reds written by William Lipkind, illustrated by Nicolas Mordvinoff (Harcourt)
The Egg Tree written and illustrated by Katherine Milhous (Scribner)
The Kitten Who Listened written and illustratedby Nura (Harper)
A Boat for Peppe written and illustrated by Leo Politi (Scribner)
Who Dreams of Cheese written and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard (Scribner)

Windfall Fiddle written by Carl Carmer, illustrated by Arthur Conrad (Knopf)
Magic Money written by Ann Nolan Clark, illustrated by Leo Politi (Viking)
Door to the North written by Elizabeth Coatsworth, illustrated by Frederick T. Chapman (Winston)
Kantchil’s Lime Pit written by Harold Courlander, illustrated by Robert Kane (Harcourt)
The Tower by the Sea written by Meindert DeJong, illustrated by Barbara Comfort (Harper)
The Sky-River written by Chang Fa-Shun, illustrated by Jeanyee Wong (Lothrop)
Farm Boy written and illustrated by Douglas Gorsline (Viking)
The Wahoo Bobcat written by Joseph Wharton Lippincott, illustrated by Paul Bransom (Lippincott)
Margaret by Janette Sebring Lowrey (Harper)
The Story of Appleby-Capple written and illustrated by Anne Parrish (Harper)
To Tell Your Love by Mary Stolz (Harper)
This Boy Cody written by Leon Wilson, illustrated by Ursula Koering (Watts)

Better Known as Johnny Appleseed written by Mabel Leigh Hunt, illustrated by James Daugherty (Lippincott)
Henry Ford, Engineer written by Louise Albright Neyhart, illustrated by Joshua Tolford (Houghton)
Amos Fortune, Free Man written by Elizabeth Yates, illustrated by Nora Unwin (Aladdin)
Benjamin Franklin written and illustrated by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (Doubleday)
Gandhi, Fighter Without a Sword written by Jeanette Eaton, illustrated by Ralph Ray (Morrow)
Mahatma Gandhi by Catherine Owens Peare, iIllustrated with photographs (Holt)
Abraham Lincoln written and illustrated by Genevieve Foster (Scribner)
King Philip written by Esther Averill, illustrated by Vera Belsky (Harper)
Sir Walter Raleigh by Geoffrey Trease (Vanguard)
The Greenwood Tree, A Portrait of William Shakespeare written and illustrated by Edward and Stephani Godwin (Dutton)

Unusual Non-Fiction
Diesel-Electric 4030 written and illustrated by Henry Billings (Viking)
Pictures of France by Her Children selected by Marion B. Cothren (Oxford)
Allah, the God of Islam by Florence Mary Fitch, illustrated with photographs (Lothrop)
The Book of the Year written by Fritz Peters, illustrated by Ilonka Karasz (Harper)
Partners: United Nations and Youth by Eleanor Roosevelt and Helen Ferris, illustrated with photographs (Doubleday)
Animal Folk Songs for Children written by Ruth Crawford Seeger, illustrated by Barbara Cooney (Doubleday)

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