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Profile of Newbery Medalist Nancy Willard

by Barbara Lucas “Would you like to meet Father Beasley?” she asked with a laugh. Before I could answer she added, almost shyly, “You know, in The Highest Hit” (Harcourt). She needn’t have identified him. The characters from Nancy Willard’s books are old friends. They are so real that I often find myself wondering what […]

A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Author Nancy Willard’s 1982 Newbery Acceptance Speech

by Nancy Willard The Provensens and I would like to thank the mem­bers of the Newbery and Caldecott committees for honor­ing our book and to thank everyone at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich with whom we worked. And we are especially glad for an opportunity to honor the remarkable woman who brought us together and who has […]