1982 - Children’s Books, Nonfiction

The Hospital Book

By James Howe

Photography: Mal Warshaw

Original Publisher: Crown
Current Publisher: Out of Print
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Not Available

Children’s Books, Nonfiction Finalists That Year:

  • Jean Fritz for Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold
  • James Howe; Mal Warshaw, photos for The Hospital Book
  • Patricia Lauber; Jerome Wexler, photos for Seeds: Pop, Stick, Glide
  • Melvin B. Zisfein; Robert Andrew Parker, ill. for Flight: A Panorama of Aviation

Children’s Books, Nonfiction Winner That Year: Susan Bonners for A Penguin Year

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: In an interview with The Horn Book Magazine, Howe spoke of the importance of dealing with serious issues like sickness and death—as he does in The Hospital Book—in books for children. He says, “I can no more separate my serious concerns about the world from my cockeyed way of seeing it than I can keep apart my personal and professional selves. It is the writer's privilege and responsibility to give children a world they can enter, recognize, at times be frightened of, but which ultimately, they can master and control. We must not leave them feeling stranded in an unfamiliar world where the questions, let alone the answers, are beyond their grasp.”

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