1980 - Children’s Books (Hardcover)

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32

By Joan W. Blos

Current & Digital Publisher: Atheneum (Simon & Schuster)

Reading Level: Ages 9 & Up

Children’s Books (Hardcover) Finalists That Year:

  • David Kherdian for The Road from Home
  • E.L. Konigsburg for Throwing Shadows
  • Ouida Sebestyen for Words by Heart

Children’s Books (Hardcover) Winner That Year: Joan W. Blos for A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal

Judges That Year: Not Available

The Year in Literature: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 by Joan W. Blos won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: In a questionnaire with HarperCollins, Blos said though she is best known for A Gathering of Days, her main passion is picture books. “I have always had a special affection and respect for picture books, which are, I think, a literary invention of the twentieth century—maybe the literary invention! A picture book is very different from an illustrated book, where the words do the work and the pictures show what is already described. In a picture book, the words tell part of the story and the pictures tell part of it too. When I write the text of a picture book, I have to think about what parts of the story are my responsibility and what should be left to the artist. It is usually harder, and takes longer, to write the words for a picture book than most people imagine.”

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