Natalie Savage Carlson

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Natalie Savage Carlson (October 3, 1906 – September 23, 1997) was an American writer of children's books.[1] For her lifetime contribution as a children's writer she was U.S. nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1966.[2]

She was born in Kernstown, Virginia of French Canadian descent, and worked many old family stories and folktales into early books like The Talking Cat and Other Stories of French Canada (1952).[3] Carlson published her first story at age 8 on the children's page of the Baltimore Sunday Sun.[4] For The Family Under the Bridge she was a runner-up for the 1959 Newbery Medal from the professional librarians, which annually recognizes the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children".[5]

Carlson died on September 23, 1997 in Rhode Island.


  • The Talking Cat: and other stories of French Canada, illustrator Roger Duvoisin, Harper, 1952
  • The Happy Orpheline, illustrator Garth Williams, Harper, 1957
  • The Family Under the Bridge, Harper, 1958; reprint HarperCollins, 1989, ISBN 978-0-06-440250-7
  • Evangeline, Pigeon of Paris, illustrator Nicholas Mordvinoff, Harcort Brace Jovanovich, 1960;
reissued as Pigeon of Paris, illustrator Quentin Blake, Scholastic, 1972
  • Jean-Claude's Island, illustrator Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Harper & Row, 1963.
  • School Bell in the Valley, Harcourt, 1963, ISBN 978-0-15-270645-6
  • The Empty Schoolhouse, HarperCollins, 1965, ISBN 978-0-06-020981-0
  • Chalou, Harper & Row, 1967, pictures George Loh, AC 67-10034
  • Ann Aurelia and Dorothy, illustrator Dale Payson, Harper & Row, 1968
  • The Half Sisters, illustrator Thomas Di Grazia, Harper & Row, 1970
  • Runaway Marie Louise, illustrators Jose Aruego, Ariane Dewey, Scribner, 1977, ISBN 978-0-684-15045-1
  • The Night the Scarecrow Walked, illustrators Charles Robinson, 1979, ISBN 0-684-16311-X


  1. ^ "Birthday Bios: Natalie Savage Carlson". Vicki Palmquist. Children's Literature Network.
  2. ^ "US Nominees for the Hans Christian Andersen Award". AndersenAward-winners-and-nominees.pdf, page 2. United States Board on Books for Young People. 2008. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  3. ^ "Natalie Savage Carlson Papers, 1952-1986. Finding Aid." at the Wayback Machine (archived October 13, 2008). Children's Literature Research Collections. University of Minnesota. Archived 2008-10-31.
  4. ^ "Natalie Savage Carlson Papers". de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. University of Southern Mississippi. February 1996. Retrieved 2013-06-29. With biographical sketch.
  5. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922–Present". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA).
      "The John Newbery Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-07-16.