Joan Blos

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Joan Winsor Blos (December 9, 1928 – October 12, 2017) was an American writer, teacher and advocate for children's literacy.[1]

For her 1979 historical novel, A Gathering of Days, Blos won the U.S. National Book Award in category Children's Books[2][a] and the Newbery Medal for the year's most distinguished contribution to American children's literature.

She was born in New York City. She lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[3][4]


  • 1971 Just Think (with Betty Miles)
  • 1979 A Gathering of Days; A New England Girl's Journal, 1830–32
  • 1984 Martin's Hats
  • 1985 Brothers of the Heart: A Story of the Old Northwest, 1837–1838
  • 1988 Old Henry
  • 1989 The Grandpa Days
  • 1989 Lottie's Circus
  • 1991 The Heroine of the Titanic: A Tale Both True and Otherwise of the Life of Molly Brown
  • 1992 A Seed a Flower a Minute, an Hour
  • 1994 Brooklyn Doesn't Rhyme
  • 1995 The Hungry Little Boy
  • 1996 Nellie Bly's Monkey: His Remarkable Story in His Own Words
  • 1997 One Very Best Valentine's Day
  • 1998 Bedtime!
  • 1999 Hello, Shoes!
  • 2007 Letters From the Corrugated Castle


  1. ^ Blos and A Gathering of Days won the award for hardcover Children's Literature.
    From 1980 to 1983 in National Book Award history there were dual awards for hardcover and paperback books in many categories. Most of the paperback award-winners were reprints, including the 1980 Children's Literature paperback.


  1. ^ "Joan Blos's Obituary on Ann Arbor News". Ann Arbor News. Retrieved 20 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "National Book Awards – 1980". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
  3. ^ Ann Arbor Book Festival
  4. ^ HarperCollins Publishers

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