The Whys and Wherefores of Littabelle Lee
By Vera and Bill Cleaver
Publisher: Atheneum (Simon & Schuster)
Current Publisher: Out of Print
Digital Publisher: Not Available
Reading Level: Not Available
Children’s Books Finalists That Year:
- Alice Childress for A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich
- Vera and Bill Cleaver for The Whys and Wherefores of Littabelle Lee
- Julia Cunningham for The Treasure is the Rose
- Bette Greene for Summer of My German Soldier
- Kristin Hunter for Guests in the Promised Land
- E.L. Konigsburg for A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
- Norma Fox Mazer for A Figure of Speech
- F.N. Monjo for Poor Richard in France
- Harve Zemach for Duffy and the Devil
Children’s Books Winner That Year: Eleanor Cameron for The Court of the Stone Children
Judges That Year: Clifton Fadiman, Nancy Larrick, George A. Woods
The Year in Literature: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox won the Newbery Medal.
Cleavers met when Bill was serving in the US 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 1970 for Where the Lilies Bloom, in 1971 for Grover, and in 1979 for The Queen of Hearts.
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