1983 - Children’s Books, Picture Books (Paperback)

A House Is a House for Me

Author and Illustrator: Mary Ann Hoberman

Current Publisher: Puffin
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 3 & Up

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

  • Steven Kellogg for Pinkerton, Behave!
  • Peter Koeppen, ill. for A Swinger of Birches: Poems of Robert Frost for Young People
  • Edward Marshall for Space Case; Ellen Shire for The Bungling Ballerinas

Children’s Books, Picture Books (Paperback) Winner That Year: Mary Ann Hoberman; Betty Fraser, ill. for A House Is a House for Me

Judges That Year: Not Available

The Year in Literature: Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: In 2008 the Poetry Foundation named Mary Ann Hoberman the Children’s Poet Laureate. On her website, Hoberman says that she draws most of her ideas for her stories from her own childhood. As a younger woman I had almost total recall of myself as a child; and even now, when I am a grandmother and the years on which I draw for my stories and poems are more than half a century behind me, I can still tell you the names of every one of my elementary school teachers, where I sat in each classroom, who my friends (and enemies) were, and how I felt about myself, my family, and my world. In many ways, despite the sorrows and pain of childhood, I loved being a child; and as a child I was somehow already aware that childhood was fleeting and that I must never forget what it felt like to be new in the world.”

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