1970

Where the Lilies Bloom

By Vera and Bill Cleaver

Original Publisher: J.B. Lippincott & Company
Current Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 10 & Up

Children’s Books Finalists That Year:

  • Vera and Bill Cleaver for Where the Lilies Bloom
  •  Edna Mitchell Preston for Pop Corn and Ma Goodness
  • William Steig for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
  • Edwin Tunis for The Young United States, 1783-1830

Children’s Books Winner That Year: Isaac Bashevis Singer for A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing up in Warsaw

Judges That Year: Barbara Bader, Frank Jennings, William Jay Smith

The Year in Literature: Sounder by William H. Armstrong won the Newbery Medal.

More Information:

  • The Cleavers met when Bill was serving in the U.S. Air Force. Together they wrote more than a dozen children’s books until Bill’s death in 1981. Vera has continued to write children’s books on her own.
  • The Cleavers were also Finalists in 1971 for Grover, in 1974 for The Whys and Wherefores of Littabelle Lee, and in 1979 for Queen of Hearts.

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