By Vera and Bill Cleaver
Publisher: J.B. Lippincott Company
Current Publisher: Out of Print
Digital Publisher: Not Available
Reading Level: Not Available
Children’s Books Finalists That Year:
- Vera and Bill Cleaver for Grover
- Paula Fox for Blowfish Live in the Sea
- Arnold Lobel for Frog and Toad Are Friends
- E.B. White for The Trumpet of the Swan
Children’s Books Winner That Year: Lloyd Alexander for The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian
Judges That Year: B.J. Chute, Helen Jones, Lillian Gerhardt
The Year in Literature: The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars won the Newbery Medal.
- The Cleavers met when Bill was serving in the U.S. Air Force. Together they wrote more than a dozen children’s books until Bill’s death in 1981. Vera has continued to write children’s books on her own.
- The Cleavers were also Finalists in 1970 for Where the Lilies Bloom, in 1974 for The Whys and Wherefores of Littabelle Lee, and in 1979 for Queen of Hearts.
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