1980 - Children’s Books (Hardcover)

Words by Heart

By Ouida Sebestyen

Original Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.
Current Publisher: Yearling (Random House)
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 8 & Up

Children’s Books (Hardcover) Finalists That Year:

  • David Kherdian for The Road from Home
  • E.L. Konigsburg for Throwing Shadows
  • Ouida Sebestyen for Words by Heart

Children’s Books (Hardcover) Winner That Year: Joan W. Blos for A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal

Judges That Year: Not Available

The Year in Literature: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 by Joan W. Blos won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: 

  • Sebestyen won the National Book Award for Children’s Books in 1982 for the paperback edition of Words by Heart. She was also a Finalist in 1981 for Far From Home. She
  • Though Sebestyen was a lifelong writer, she did not publish her first book, Words by Heart, until she was fifty-five.

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