1970

A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing up in Warsaw

By Isaac Bashevis Singer

Original Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Current Publisher: Squarefish (Macmillan)
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 9 & Up

Children’s Books Finalists That Year:

  • Vera and Bill Cleaver for Where the Lilies Bloom
  • Edna Mitchell Preston for Pop Corn and Ma Goodness
  • William Steig for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
  • Edwin Tunis for The Young United States, 1783-1830

Children’s Books Winner That Year: Isaac Bashevis Singer for A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing up in Warsaw

Judges That Year: Barbara Bader, Frank Jennings, William Jay Smith

The Year in Literature: Sounder by William H. Armstrong won the Newbery Medal.

More Information:

  • Singer was a prolific writer of novels, children’s books, memoirs, essays, and articles, but he is best known for his short stories. One such story, "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy," was made into the popular film, “Yentl,” starring Barbara Streisand.
  • Singer won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1974 for A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories. He was also a Fiction Finalist in 1962 for The Spinoza on Market Street and Other Stories, in 1965 for Short Friday, and in 1973 for Enemies, a Love Story. He was a Finalist for Arts & Letters in 1967 for In My Father’s Court.
  • Singer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978.

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