Andrew Clements

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Andrew Elburn Clements
Andrew Clements crop.jpg
Clements at a Scholastic book fair in 2008
Born (1949-05-29) May 29, 1949 (age 67)
Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Writer, editor, educator
Nationality American
Genre Children's literature
Website
andrewclements.com

Andrew Clements (born May 29, 1949) is an American writer of many children's books. His debut novel Frindle won annual book awards determined by the vote of U.S. schoolchildren in about twenty different U.S. states. In June 2015 it was named the Phoenix Award winner for 2016 as the best book that did not win a major award when it was published in 1996.[1]

Life[edit]

Clements grew up in Camden, New Jersey and Springfield, Illinois, US.[2] As a child, he enjoyed summers at a lakeside cabin in Maine where he spent his days swimming, hiking, water skiing, and his evenings reading books. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Northwestern University and a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from National Louis University, he worked as a teacher sharing his love of reading with elementary, middle, and high school students. (During his senior year at Springfield High School his English teacher handed back a poem he’d written. Two things were amazing about that paper. First, he’d gotten an A—a rare event in this teacher’s class. And she’d also written in large, scrawny red writing, “Andrew—this poem is so funny. This should be published!” -Andrew Clements) [2]

He started his literary career by writing songs. Then he worked for several publishing companies where he published, acquired, edited, marketed, and developed quality children's books. In 1985, Clements added his own work to the market with a picture book entitled Bird Delbert. His first novel was the award-winning Frindle, which has won sixteen state book awards, as well as the Christopher Award. Clements works have been translated into several languages including German, Italian, French, Korean, Portuguese, Basque, Hungarian, Japanese, Dutch, and Spanish.

Awards[edit]

Frindle[edit]

The Children's Literature Association named Frindle the best English-language children's book published in 1996 that did not win a major contemporary book award, thus making it the winner of the Phoenix Award for 2016.[1]

Contemporary awards[edit]

  • 2001: Utah Children's Choice Award
  • 1999–2000: Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
  • 1999: Texas Children's Crown Award
  • 1999: Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice, (WA,OR,MT,AK,ID,AB,BC)
  • 1999: South Dakota Prairie Pasque Award
  • 1999: Sasquatch Children's Book Award, (WA)
  • 1999: Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award, (IL)
  • 1998–1999: Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, 4–6
  • 1998–1999: Young Hoosier Book Award, (IN)
  • 1998–1999: North Carolina Children's Choice Award
  • 1998–1999: Nevada Young Readers' Award
  • 1998–1999: Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award, (AR)
  • 1998–1999: Maud Hart Lovelace Award, MN Youth Reading Award
  • 1998–1999: Georgia Children's Book Award
  • 1998–1999: William Allen White Children's Book Award, (KS)
  • 1998–1999: Massachusetts Children's Book Award
  • 1998: Prize Cento, Cento, Italy
  • 1998: Rhode Island Children's Book Award
  • 1997–1998: Great Stone Face Book Award, (NH)
  • 1997: Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book (L.A.)Award
  • 1997: Christopher Award
  • 1998-1999 Georgia children's book award

Nominations and runners-up[edit]

  • 1999–2000: Nutmeg Children's Book Award, (CT)
  • 1999–2000: Land of Enchantment Book Award, (NM)
  • 1999–2000: California Young Reader Medal
  • 1999–2000: Iowa Children's Choice Award
  • 1999: Garden State Children's Book Award, (NJ)
  • 1998–1999: Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Book Award
  • 1998–1999: Sunshine State Young Readers Award, (FL)
  • 1998–1999: West Virginia Children's Book Award
  • 1998–1999: Virginia Young Reader's Book Award
  • 1998–1999: Sequoyah Children's Book Award, (WA)
  • 1998–1999: Arizona Young Readers’ Award
  • 1998–1999: Texas Bluebonnet Award
  • 1998–1999: Nebraska Golden Sower Award
  • 1998: Battle of the Books Reading List, (NM)
  • 1998: NENE Award, (HI)
  • 1997–1998: Kentucky Bluegrass Award
  • 1997–1998: Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award (VT)
  • 1997–1998: Maine Student Book Award

Listings and recommendations[edit]

  • 1999: Capitol Choices list, best books for ages 7–10
  • 1998: Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • 1997–1998: Indiana Read-Alouds Too Good to Miss
  • 1997: Horn Book Magazine Fanfare Book
  • 1997: Parents' Choice Honor Book
  • 1996: New York Public Library One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing

Other[edit]

  • 2007: Edgar Allan Poe Award for best juvenile book, Room One: A Mystery or Two
  • 2004: American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award, Things Not Seen
  • 2004: California Young Readers Medal, The School Story

Bibliography[edit]

For children[edit]

  • (As Andrew Elborn) Bird Adalbert, Picture Book Studio (Saxonville, MA), 1985.
  • (As Andrew Elborn) Noah and the Ark and the Animals, illustrated by Ivan Gantschev, Picture Book Studio (Saxonville, MA), 1987.
  • Santa's Secret Helper, illustrated by Debrah Santini, Picture Book Studio (Saxonville, MA), 1990.
  • Temple Cat, illustrated by Alan Marks, Picture Book Studio, 1991, illustrated by Kate Kiesler, Clarion (New York, NY), 1996.
  • Mother Earth's Counting Book, illustrated by Lonni Sue Johnson, Picture Book Studio, 1992.
  • Billy and the Bad Teacher, illustrated by Elivia Savadier, Picture Book Studio, 1992.
  • Who Owns the Cow?, illustrated by Joan Landis, Clarion (New York, NY), 1995.
  • Bright Christmas: An Angel Remembers, illustrated by Kate Kiesler, Clarion (New York, NY), 1996.
  • Frindle (middle-grade novel), illustrated by Brian Selznick, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1996.
  • (Adapter)Philipp's Birthday Book, illustrated by Hanne Turk, North-South Books, 1996.
  • Riff's BeBop Book, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1996.
  • Real Monsters Go for the Mold!, illustrated by Matthew Stoddart, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1997.
  • Things That Go EEK on Halloween, illustrated by George Ulrich, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1997.
  • Real Monsters Stage Fright, illustrated by Matthew Stoddart, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1997.
  • Music Time, Any Time!, illustrated by Tom Leigh, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1997.
  • Double Trouble in Walla Walla, illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 1997.
  • Workshop, illustrated by David Wisniewski, Clarion (New York, NY), 1998.
  • Gromble's Haunted Halloween, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1998.
  • Hey Dad, Could I Borrow Your Hammer?, illustrated by Jackie Snider, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 1999.
  • The Landry News, (middle-grade novel), illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1999.
  • Look Who's in the Thanksgiving Play!, illustrated by Mavis Smith, Little Simon (New York, NY), 1999.
  • The Mouse Family, illustrated by Simon Galkin, Little Simon (New York, NY), 2000.
  • The Janitor's Boy, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2000.
  • Circus Family Dog, illustrated by Sue Truesdell, Clarion (New York, NY), 2000.
  • The Christmas Kitten, illustrated by Simon Galkin, Little Simon (New York, NY), 2000.
  • The School Story, illustrated by Brian Selznick, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2001.
  • Things Not Seen (middle-grade novel), Philomel (New York, NY), 2002.
  • The Jacket (originally serialized in Boston Globe), illustrated by McDavid Henderson, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2002.
  • A Week in the Woods, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2002.
  • Slippers at Home, illustrated by Janie Bynum, Dutton (New York, NY), 2004.
  • Naptime for Slippers, illustrated by Janie Bynum, Dutton (New York, NY), 2004.
  • The Report Card, illustrated by Brian Selznick, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2004.
  • The Last Holiday Concert, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2004.
  • Slippers at School, illustrated by Janie Bynum, Dutton (New York, NY), 2005.
  • Slippers Loves to Run, illustrated by Janie Bynum, Dutton (New York, NY), 2005.
  • A Million Is a Lot of Dots, illustrated by Rob Roth, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2005.
  • Lunch Money, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2005.
  • Things Hoped For, Philomel Books(New York, NY), 2006
  • Room One: A Mystery or Two, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2006
  • No Talking, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2007
  • Things That Are, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2008
  • Lost and Found, Atheneum Books (New York, NY), 2008
  • Extra Credit, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2009
  • Troublemaker, Atheneum Books (New York, NY), 2011
  • About Average, Atheneum Books {New York}, 2012
  • The Map Trap, Atheneum Books (New York, NY), 2014

Pets to the Rescue series[edit]

  • Ringo Saves the Day!: A True Story, illustrated by Ellen Beier, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2001.
  • Brave Norman: A True Story, illustrated by Ellen Beier, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2001.
  • Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends: A True Story, illustrated by Ellen Beier, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2002.
  • Delores and the Big Fire: A True Story, illustrated by Ellen Beier, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2002.

Jake Drake series[edit]

  • Jake Drake Know-It-All, illustrated by Dolores Avenaño, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2001.
  • Jake Drake, Bully Buster, illustrated by Amanda Harvey, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2001.
  • Jake Drake, Teacher's Pet, illustrated by Dolores Avenaño, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2002.
  • Jake Drake, Class Clown, illustrated by Dolores Avenaño, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2002.

Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School series[edit]

  • We the Children, Atheneum Books (New York, NY), 2010
  • Fear Itself, Atheneum Books (New York, NY), 2011
  • The Whites of Their Eyes, Atheneum Books (New York, NY), 2012
  • In Harm's Way, Atheneum Books (New York, NY), 2013 (with Adam Stower)
  • We Hold These Truths, Atheneum Books (New York, NY), 2013

Reading program books[edit]

  • Karen's Island, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1995.
  • Three Wishes for Buster, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1995.
  • Bill Picket: An American Original, Texas Style, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1996.
  • Hurricane Andrew, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1998.
  • Ham and Eggs for Jack, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1998.
  • Life in the Desert, Steck-Vaughn, 1998.
  • Desert Treasure, illustrated by Wayne Anthony Still, Steck-Vaughn, 1998.
  • Inventors: Making Things Better, Steck-Vaughn, 1998.
  • Milo's Great Invention, illustrated by Johnansen Newman, Steck-Vaughn, 1998.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Phoenix Award". Children's Literature Association (childlitassn.org). June 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-13.
  2. ^ a b E. Russell Primm III, ed. (2003). Favorite Children's Authors and Illustrators. 1. Excelsior, MN: Tradition Books. pp. 150–3. ISBN 1-59187-018-6. 

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