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Nancy Willard (1936–2017)

We were sad to hear about the death of Nancy Willard. Willard, whose 1981 book of poetry A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers broke ground by winning both the Newbery Medal and a Caldecott Honor (for Alice and Martin Provensen) in the same year, died February 19, 2017, in […]

On the Cover: Houses

My father’s house was made of sky. His bookcases stood twelve feet high. The snowy owl my father tamed, the stones he showed me, stars he named, agate, quartz, the Milky Way— “It’s good to know their names,” he’d say, “so when I’m gone and you are grown, in any world you’ll feel at home.” […]

A Tale Out of Time

By Nancy Willard I recently asked my students in a class on the history of fairy tales a simple question: What was your favorite fairy tale when you were growing up, and how did you find it? Or, to put it differently, how did that particular tale find you? These are students who can’t imagine […]

1984 Caldecott Medal profile of Alice and Martin Provensen by Nancy Willard

By Nancy Willard Of all my visits to the Provensens’ farm, there is one I shall never forget. My husband, my son, and I, along with Barbara Lucas, the editor of A Visit to William Blake’s Inn (Harcourt) spent a delightful afternoon with Alice and Martin, who deserve a gold medal for their hospitality. It […]

Reviews of The Glorious Flight and A Visit to William Blake’s Inn

Alice and Martin Provensen, Authors-Illustrators The Glorious Flight; Across the Channel with Louis Blériot July 25, 1909     g 39 pp. Viking 1983 ISBN 0-670-34259-9  13.45 (Younger, Intermediate) Soft colors provide a subdued background for the story of Louis Blériot’s struggles to construct and fly and operating airplane. Smitten by the idea of flight, as with […]

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 […]

A Child’s Star

by Nancy Willard One night a little girl looked out of her win­dow and saw a new star in the sky. The little girl, who was very lonely, thought to herself, “How nice it would be to play with the star!” So she wished on the star and asked it to come down and see […]