The Phoenix Award of the Children Literature Association, 1995-1999

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9780810840140: The Phoenix Award of the Children Literature Association, 1995-1999
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The Phoenix Award of The Children's Literature Association annually honors a children's book first published twenty years earlier that deserves special recognition for its literary merit. This volume, third in a set begun with the 1965 award, covers the years 1995 to 1999 and is a mini-library of essays, speeches, bibliographies, and biographical sketches surrounding the five award winners and six honor books. It contains the twenty-four essays presented at the association's annual conference on the Phoenix Award-winning books and on the honor books as well. Information is provided about each author, including a list of his or her works for children, and the acceptance speeches given by the award-winning authors are reprinted. Essay writers include such respected names in children's literature criticism as Jon Stott, Linnea Hendrickson, and Anita Tarr.

This scholarly work is directed to the professions that attend to children's literature―librarians, educators, language scholars, other writers, and parents. It also serves as a guide for all those who care about timeless books and wish to make them available to children and young people.

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Alethea Helbig, Professor, and Agnes Perkins, Professor Emeritus, English Language and Literature, Eastern Michigan University, have taught and published children's literature for many years and were instrumental in initiating master's and undergraduate programs in children's literature at Eastern Michigan. Perkins has served on the Phoenix selection committee, and Helbig has chaired the committee from its inception and is a past president of ChLA. They have published a series of encyclopedia works on fiction for children published by Greenwood and have also compiled three poetry anthologies (with Helen Hill; Crowell). Both have published numerous articles on children's literature and are working on supplements to the dictionaries of children's fiction and a book on multicultural imaginative literature for young people.

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Each year the Phoenix Award honors the author of a "book published twenty years earlier that did not win a major award at the time of its publication, but that, from the perspective of time, is deemed worthy of special recognition for its high literary quality." Since 1985, this unusual and important award has been given by the Children's Literature Association, an affiliate of the Modern Language Association. This volume, which includes an acceptance speech given at the Association's annual conference, a biographical sketch, and bibliography for each award winner or honor book, as well as all the scholarly papers presented at the conference banquet, is the third in a series. The five authors discussed in this volume are: Laurence Yep, Robert Cormier, Alan Garner, Jill Paton Walsh, and E. L. Konigsburg. Authors of honor books are: Natalie Babbitt, William Steig, Robin McKinley, Doris Orgel, Rosa Guy, and Ouida Sebestyen. The multiple perspectives of the authors and academics combine to provide valuable insights for anyone interested in the critical study of children's literature. No other award celebrates books that have stood the test of time. Libraries owning the previous volumes will certainly want this one; libraries without the previous volumes might consider buying all three.
Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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