1981 - Children’s Books, Nonfiction

Where Do You Think You’re Going, Christopher Columbus?

By Jean Fritz

Original Publisher: Putnam
Current Publisher: Puffin
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 7 & Up

Children’s Books, Nonfiction Finalists That Year:

  • Jean Fritz for Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?
  • William Jaspersohn for The Ballpark
  • Milton Meltzer for All Time, All Peoples: A World History of Slavery
  • Peter Spier for People

Children’s Books, Nonfiction Winner That Year: Alison Cragin Herzig and Jane Lawrence Mali for Oh, Boy! Babies

Judges That Year: Not Available

The Year in Literature: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson won the Newbery Medal.

More Information:

  • In 2003, Jean Fritz was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Bush, an honor given each year to up to twelve recipients who have “deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities.”
  • Jean Fritz won the National Book Award for Children’s Books, Fiction (Hardcover) in 1983 for Homesick: My Own Story. She was also a Finalist for Children’s Books, Nonfiction, in 1982 for Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold. 

Buy the Book: