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Profile of 1977 Newbery Medal winner Mildred D. Taylor

by Phyllis J. Fogelman “A natural writer” is an overused expression I don’t particularly like, but in speaking of Mildred Taylor it seems absolutely appropriate. Mildred’s words flow smoothly, effortlessly, it seems, and they abound in richness, harmony, and rhythm. Her stories unfold in a full, leisurely way, well suited to and evocative of her […]

The Dillons on the Dillions

Diane Dillon by Leo Dillon DIANE DILLON is one of the finest artists I’ve ever known, and I realized it even before I met her. I was at Parsons School of Design in New York City when one day I noticed a painting hanging on the wall at a student exhibition. It was a painting […]

Confronting the Ovens: The Holocaust and Juvenile Fiction

by Eric A. Kimmel When I was a child in Brooklyn there were several people in our neighborhood with numbers — small faint numbers neatly tattooed on the undersides of their wrists. We were not supposed to stare, but I can remember that even at an early age I could not tear my eyes away […]

Virginia Haviland’s reviews of The Search for Delicious and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Natalie Babbitt, Author-Illustrator     The Search for Delicious     g 167 pp.    Farrar    $3.95 Another allegorical story points up the foolishness of a petty argument that leads to a full-scale conflict. The folly begins at court with such a heated disagreement over a definition for “delicious” that DeCree, lexicographer and Prime Minister, sends his assistant, twelve-year-old Gaylen, […]

Leo and Diane Dillon

by Phyllis J. Fogelman DIANE AND LEO DILLON were born just eleven days apart in the month of March and both recall loving to draw for as long as they can remember. Although there are other similarities in their backgrounds, there are also  great differences. Leo was born and brought up in Brooklyn, New York. […]

Susan Cooper Letter to Ethel L. Heins (May 10, 1976)

 Winchester, Mass 01890 10th May 1976 Dear Ethel, I was in Margaret’s office when your letter and photocopy of the Newbery speech arrived, so carried them off. If you were afraid you might be sounding persnickety just wait till you read me! I am starting on the assumption that since this is a reprint of […]

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 […]

The Changing Image of the Black in Children’s Literature

by Augusta Baker In the 1920’s and 1930’s, children’s books seemed to foster prejudice by planting false images in the minds of children. Most authors were white, with little knowledge about black life, and yet they wrote as if they were authorities. No wonder it was an accepted fact in children’s books that blacks were […]

Virginia Hamilton, the Great

By Jane Langton Why does Virginia Hamilton perch M. C. Higgins on a swaying pole forty feet high? Why, why? Why is there a secret model of the solar system in The Planet of Junior Brown (Macmillan)? Are they images for the vastness of all-surrounding reality? Do they work? Do they help? Or are they merely puzzling […]