I’m getting ready to give a presentation about the major book awards for children’s books to my local children’s writers/illustrators books, and one of those major awards the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.
O’Dell wrote many children’s historical fiction books, but may be best known for his first kids’ book, The Island of the Blue Dolphins (Houghton Mifflin, 1960) which won the Newbery Medal, possibly the most prestigious kids’ book award for text, 1961.
O’Dell set up the annual award (plus a $5,000 prize) to honor an American author of children’s historical fiction whose book is set in the Western Hemisphere. The award committee also prefers newer writers. So far, 31 books have been awarded the prize.
However, to my shock, I’ve only read four of those books! Therefore, I’m challenging myself to read the rest! Once a month I will post what I’ve learned from that month’s book—history-wise and writing-wise. I don’t really do book reviews, so I’ll focus on what I like and what I’ve learned. It will take me the next three years because by the time I get close to being done, there will be two new winners.
Will you join me? At the end of March we’ll talk about The Island of the Blue Dolphins. No, it’s not a Scott O’Dell award book, but it’s the one that started it all.