O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
is the Scott O'Dell Award?
established this award to encourage other writers to focus on
historical fiction. The story must have historical
significance and meet all the usual literary criteria for the genre
and be potentially appealing to readers. A $5000 award goes to
the meritorious book published in the previous year for children or
decides the winner?
advisory committee of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's
Books selects the award winner. Since inception of the
award, the committee has been headed by Zena Sutherland, Professor
Emeritus of Children's Literature at the University of
Chicago. Books to be considered must be written by a U.S.
citizen, published by a U.S. publisher and set in the New World
(U.S., Canada, Central or South America.)
did the award begin?
by the Scott O'Dell foundation, this award began in 1981 with the
first award given in 1983.
is it called the Scott O'Dell Award?
O'Dell wrote over two dozen books for children and young adults and
many deal with historical subjects. He won the Newbery Medal,
Hans Christian Anderson award of merit, and five other awards for
his novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins.
does the award look like?
circle features three dolphins. Circular wording on top "SCOTT
O'DELL AWARD." Circular wording on bottom "FOR HISTORICAL FICTION."