1982 - Children’s Books, Picture Books (Paperback)

Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book

By Muriel Feelings

Illustrator: Tom Feelings

Original Publisher: Dial Books (Penguin Group USA Inc.)
Current Publisher: Puffin
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 3 & Up

Children’s Books, Picture Books (Paperback) Finalists That Year:

  • Muriel Feelings; Tom Feelings, ill. for Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book
  • Jane Langton for The Fledgling
  • Alice and Martin Provensen, ill. for A Peaceable Kingdom: The Shaker Abcedarius
  • William Sleator; Blair Lent, ill. for The Angry Moon
  • Rosemary Wells for Stanley and Rhoda

Children’s Books, Picture Books (Paperback) Winner That Year: Peter Spier for Noah's Ark

Judges That Year: Not Available

The Year in Literature: A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard won the Newbery Medal.

More Information:

  • Kamili Feelings, Muriel Feelings’ son, said that Muriel met Malcolm X and his wife, Betty Shabazz, in New York in the early 1960s, and this experience influenced her writing and inspired her to go to Africa and teach.
  • Feelings and her husband, Tom, collaborated on three books before they divorced in 1974.

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