1982 - Children’s Books, Fiction (Paperback)

Words by Heart

By Ouida Sebestyen

Original Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.
Current Publisher: Yearling (Random House)
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 8 & Up

Children’s Books, Fiction (Paperback) Finalists That Year:

  • Lloyd Alexander for The Wizard in the Tree
  • Katherine Paterson for Jacob Have I Loved
  • Katherine Paterson for The Master Puppeteer

Children’s Books, Fiction (Paperback) Winner That Year: Ouida Sebestyen, Words by Heart

Judges That Year: Not Available

The Year in Literature: A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: 

  • Sebestyen was a Finalist for Children’s Books in 1980 for the hardcover edition of Words by Heart and in 1981 for Far From Home.
  • Though Sebestyen was a lifelong writer, she did not publish her first book, Words by Heart, until she was fifty-five.

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