A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich

By Alice Childress

Original Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan
Current & Digital Publisher: Puffin

Reading Level: Ages 12 & Up

Children’s Books Finalists That Year:

  • Alice Childress for A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich
  • Vera and Bill Cleaver for The Whys and Wherefores of Littabelle Lee
  • Julia Cunningham for The Treasure is the Rose
  • Bette Greene for Summer of My German Soldier
  • Kristin Hunter for Guests in the Promised Land
  • E.L. Konigsburg for A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
  • Norma Fox Mazer for A Figure of Speech
  • F.N. Monjo for Poor Richard in France
  • Harve Zemach for Duffy and the Devil

Children’s Books Winner That Year: Eleanor Cameron for The Court of the Stone Children

Judges That Year: Clifton Fadiman, Nancy Larrick, George A. Woods

The Year in Literature: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox won the Newbery Medal.

More Information:

  • Childress’ 1979 novel, A Short Walk, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Childress was also a successful Broadway actress, starring in, among others, Anna Lucasta, which was the longest-running all-black play in Broadway history.

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