Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

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The Lewis Carroll Shelf Award was an American literary award conferred on several books annually by the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education annually from 1958 to 1979. Award-winning books were deemed to "belong on the same shelf" as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, having enough of the qualities of his work.

Seventeen books were named in 1958, including only two from the 1950s. Seven were named in 1979, all except two from the 1970s. Although short, the last class was also diverse, with one wordless picture book, The Snowman (1978) by Raymond Briggs, and one fictionalised biography, The Road From Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl (1979) by David Kherdian, about his mother's childhood and World War I-era migration.

The selection process included nominations by trade paperback editors, who were permitted to name one book annually from their trade catalogues. The Component Analysis Selector Tool rated tradebooks on authenticity, universality, insight, symbol systems–craftsmanship, impact, genre comparison, field setting of reader and test of time.[clarification needed] The purpose was to identify and promote outstanding thoughts among the mediocre communications available in an open society.[1]

The list was established by Dr. David C. Davis with the assistance of Professor Lola Pierstorff, Director Instructional Materials Center, University of Wisconsin, and Madeline Allen Davis, WHA Wisconsin Public Radio. Awards were announced and presented at the annual Wisconsin Book Conference, which featured speakers such as Dr. Seuss, William Steig, Helga Sandburg, Arna Bontemps, Nat Hentoff, Paul Engle, Jean George, Ed Emberly, Charlemae Rollins, Watts poet Jimmy Sherman, Maurice Sendak, Holling C. Holling, Pamela Travers, Ann Nolan Clark, Louise Lemp, Frank Luther, and Ramon Coffman/Uncle Ray.[2][3]

Winners[edit]

1958
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1959
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1960
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† The British Library Association in 1955 gave illustrator Jones special commendation for its annual Carnegie Medal and established the companion Kate Greenaway Medal for children's book illustration.

1961
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1962
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1963
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1964
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1965
1966
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1967
1968
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1969
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1970
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1971
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1972
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1973
1974 No awards given[12]
1975
1976
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1977
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1978
‡ illustrated by the author
1979
‡ illustrated by the author

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Wofford, Azile (1962). Book selection for school libraries. H. W. Wilson Co. p. 282. 
  2. ^ Award List. "Lewis Carroll Shelf Award Winners", Lewis Carroll Shelf Award Collection, Living Arts Corporation, Loveland, Colorado.
    Sean Creighton, Sheila Cunningham (1996), Literary laurels: a reader's guide to award-winning children's books, Hillyard. ISBN 0-9647361-1-X. pp. 25–34.
  3. ^ Miller, Marilyn Lea (2003). Pioneers and leaders in library services to youth. Libraries Unlimited. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-59158-028-7. 
  4. ^ "Uncle Remus, his songs and his sayings : the folk-lore of the old ...". Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  5. ^ "The Man Who Was Don Quixote by Rafaello Busoni". Kirkus Reviews. 8 October 1958. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  6. ^ a b The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection (16 May 2002). "Jean Merrill Papers". The University of Southern Mississippi. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  7. ^ "Formats and Editions of The art of ancient Egypt". WorldCat. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  8. ^ "ANNUZZA, A Girl of Romania by Hertha Seuberlich". Kirkus Reviews. 10 October 1962. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Formats and Editions of Bond of the fire". WorldCat. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Bond of the fire" (first edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  11. ^ "To Be A Slave" (one library catalog record). WorldCat. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  12. ^ Jones, Dolores Blythe. Children's Literature Awards and Winners: A Directory of Prizes, Authors and Illustrators, 3rd ed. Neal-Schuman, 1994