National Book Award Children’s Book Winners

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The National Book Foundation awards books that are written by American citizens and published by American publishers between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year. The following list represents the winners from the Children's Book categories that were awarded from until 1969 until 1982.

A House Is a House for Me1983 Winner:
A House Is a House for Me
by Mary Ann Hoberman
Category: Children's Picture Books (Paperback)
Also: Memoria Press 1st Grade Read-Aloud Program

Doctor De Soto1983 Winner:
Doctor De Soto
by William Steig
Category: Children's Picture Books (Hardcover)
Also: Memoria Press 1st Grade Read-Aloud Program
Also: Reading Roadmaps 3rd Grade
Also: Reading Roadmaps Kindergarten

Miss Rumphius1983 Winner:
Miss Rumphius
by Barbara Cooney
Recommended Age: 4
Category: Children's Picture Books (Hardcover)
Also: Five in a Row Book List for Ages 4-8
Also: Reading Roadmaps 1st Grade
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time

Chimney sweeps: Yesterday and today1983 Winner:
Chimney sweeps: Yesterday and today
by James Cross Giblin
Category: Children's Books, Nonfiction

Marked By Fire1983 Winner:
Marked By Fire
by Joyce Carol Thomas
Category: Children's Fiction (Paperback)

A Place Apart1983 Winner:
A Place Apart
by Paula Fox
Category: Children's Fiction (Paperback)

Homesick1983 Winner:
Homesick
by Jean Fritz
Category: Children's Fiction (Hardcover)
Also: Former Sonlight Books

Jumanji1982 Winner:
Jumanji
by Chris Van Allsburg
Recommended Age: 9
Category: Book Illustration (Original Art)
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners
Also: Reading Roadmaps 1st Grade

Noah1982 Winner:
Noah's Ark
by Peter Spier
Recommended Age: 4
Category: Children's Books, Picture Books (Paperback)
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners
Also: Reading Roadmaps Kindergarten
Also: Sonlight Preschool Book List for Ages 3-4

Outside Over There1982 Winner:
Outside Over There
by Maurice Sendak
Category: Children's Books, Picture Books (Hardcover)
Also: Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature

1982 Winner:
A Penguin Year
by Susan Bonners
Category: Children's Books, Nonfiction

Words By Heart1982 Winner:
Words By Heart
by Ouida Sebestyen
Category: Children's Books, Fiction (Paperback)

Westmark1982 Winner:
Westmark
by Lloyd Alexander
Category: Children's Books, Fiction (Hardcover)

1981 Winner:
Oh, Boy! Babies
by Alison Cragin Herzig and Jane Lawrence Mali
Category: Children's Book, Nonfiction (Hardcover)

Ramona and Her Mother1981 Winner:
Ramona and Her Mother
by Beverly Cleary
Category: Children's Book, Fiction (Paperback)

The Night Swimmers1981 Winner:
The Night Swimmers
by Betsy Byars
Category: Children's Book, Fiction (Hardcover)

A Wrinkle in Time1980 Winner:
A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Category: Children's Books (Paperback)

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-18321980 Winner:
A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832
by Joan W. Blos
Recommended Age: 15
Category: Children's Books (Hardcover)
Also: Former Sonlight Books
Also: Newbery Medal Winners

The Great Gilly Hopkins1979 Winner:
The Great Gilly Hopkins
by Katherine Paterson
Category: Children's Literature

A View from the Oak: The Private Worlds of Other Creatures1978 Winner:
A View from the Oak: The Private Worlds of Other Creatures
by Judith and Herbert R. Kohl
Category: Children's Literature

The Master Puppeteer1977 Winner:
The Master Puppeteer
by Katherine Paterson
Category: Children's Literature
Also: Sonlight Level F for Ages 10-13

Bert Breen1976 Winner:
Bert Breen's Barn
by Walter D Edmonds
Category: Children's Literature

M. C. Higgins, the Great1975 Winner:
M. C. Higgins, the Great
by Virginia Hamilton
Recommended Age: 12
Category: Children's Books
Also: Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature
Also: Newbery Medal Winners

The Court of the Stone Children1974 Winner:
The Court of the Stone Children
by Eleanor Cameron
Category: Children's Books

The Farthest Shore1973 Winner:
The Farthest Shore
by Ursula K. LeGuin
Category: Children's Books

The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine: Or, the Hithering Thithering Djinn1972 Winner:
The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine: Or, the Hithering Thithering Djinn
by Donald Barthelme
Category: Children's Books

The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian1971 Winner:
The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian
by Lloyd Alexander
Category: Children's Books

A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw1970 Winner:
A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw
by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Category: Children's Books

Journey from Peppermint Street1969 Winner:
Journey from Peppermint Street
by Meindert De Jong
Category: Children's Literature

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