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 fictionalized biography, The Road from Home (1979) by David Kherdian, about his mother's childhood during the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath.

The selection process included nominations by trade paperback editors, who were permitted to name one book annually from their trade catalogs. 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 Emberley, 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]


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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.

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No award[12]
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  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.
      Carlson, Laura, and Sean Creighton and Sheila Cunningham, eds. (1996). Literary laurels: a reader's guide to award-winning children's books. Hillyard. ISBN 978-0-9647361-1-5. pp. 25–34.
  3. ^ Miller, Marilyn Lea (2003). Pioneers and leaders in library services to youth. Westport CT: Libraries Unlimited. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-59158-028-7. 
  4. ^ "Uncle Remus, his songs and his sayings: the folk-lore of the old ...". LC Online Catalog. Library of Congress (lccn.loc.gov). Retrieved 2012-10-06.
  5. ^ "The Man Who Was Don Quixote by Rafaello Busoni". Kirkus Reviews. No date (contemporary to the reviewed book, published October 8, 1958). Retrieved 2012-10-06.
  6. ^ a b "Jean Merrill Papers". De Grummond Children's Literature Collection; The University of Southern Mississippi (lib.usm.edu/legacy/degrum). May 16, 2002. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  7. ^ "Formats and Editions of The art of ancient Egypt". WorldCat (worldcat.org). Retrieved 2012-10-06.
  8. ^ "Annuza, A Girl of Romania by Hertha Seuberlich". Kirkus Reviews. No date (contemporary to the reviewed book, published October 10, 1962). Retrieved 2012-10-06.
  9. ^ "Bond of the fire: production material". WorldCat. Retrieved 2015-11-06. Catalog record from one participating library.
  10. ^ "Bond of the fire" (first edition). LC Online Catalog. Library of Congress (lccn.loc.gov). Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  11. ^ "To Be A Slave" (30th anniversary edition, 1998). WorldCat. Retrieved 2012-10-07. Catalog record from one participating library.
  12. ^ Jones, Dolores Blythe (1994). Children's Literature Awards and Winners: A Directory of Prizes, Authors and Illustrators, 3rd ed. Detroit: Neal-Schuman in association with Gale Research Co. ISBN 978-0-8103-0171-9.