The Star in the Pail

By David McCord

Original Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.
Current Publisher: Out of Print
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Not Available

Children’s Literature Finalists That Year:

  • Eleanor Cameron for To the Green Mountains
  • Norma Farber for As I Was Crossing Boston Common
  • Isabelle Holland for Of Love and Death and Other Journeys
  • David McCord for The Star in the Pail
  • Nicholasa Mohr for El Bronx Remembered
  • Brenda Scott Wilkinson for Ludell

Children’s Literature Winner That Year: Walter D. Edmonds for Bert Breen’s Barn

Judges That Year: Paula Fox, Ethel Heins, William Jay Smith

The Year in Literature: The Grey King  by Susan Cooper won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: 

  • McCord was also a Finalist in 1979 for One at a Time: Collected Poems for the Young.
  • In McCord’s long career he wrote and edited more than forty books of poetry and prose. In a 1964 article for The New York Times McCord said of writing poetry for children: “Whatever may be said about this small but graceful art, three things should be remembered: good poems for children are never trivial; they are never written without the characteristic chills and fever of a dedicated man at work; they must never bear the stigma of I am adult, you are a child.''

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