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Viking Children's Books

Viking Children's Books

Viking Children's Books was founded in 1933 as a department of the prestigious Viking Press, known for publishing such authors as Sherwood Anderson, James Joyce, John Steinbeck, and Rebecca West. The first editor of Junior Books, as it was known, was May Massee, who soon established herself as a leader in children's books. Her first list included The Story About Ping, and under her stewardship such classics as Make Way for Ducklings, The Story of Ferdinand, The Twenty-one Balloons, Pippi Longstocking, and the Madeline books were published.

Ms. Massee was succeeded by Annis Duff, Velma V. Varner, George Nicholson, Linda Zuckerman, and Regina Hayes—six publishers in seventy-five years.

Throughout Viking's history, it has been known for innovation as well as for a dedication to quality that has created the rich backlist the house enjoys. Viking has published ten Newbery Medal winners and ten Caldecott Medal winners, more than any other publishing house, as well as twenty-seven Newbery Honor books, thirty-three Caldecott Honor books, and an American Book Award winner. Sixteen Viking books have been recognized as New York Times Best Illustrated Books. Two Viking books have received the Coretta Scott King Award, three have been Batcheldor Honor books, five have received the Christopher Medal, and two authors, S. E. Hinton and Richard Peck, have received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for bodies of work that included Viking titles. Among the ground-breaking titles published by Viking are The Outsiders (1969), still the best-selling young adult book ever published; The Snowy Day (1963), which brought multicultural books mainstream recognition; and The Stinky Cheese Man (1992), widely hailed for its innovative design. Two Viking titles, Book of the Lion by Michael Cadnum (2000) and This Land Was Made for You and Me by Elizabeth Partridge (2002) were chosen as finalists for the National Book Award. In 2006, John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth by Elizabeth Partridge was named a Michael L. Prinz Honor Book.

In 1985, Viking won the Carey Thomas Award for creative publishing, the first children's list to receive this award. Viking has been nominated twice for the LMP Award for Best Children's list.

Viking publishes approximately sixty titles per year, ranging from books for very young children such as board and lift-the-flap books to sophisticated fiction and nonfiction for teenagers.

The current Viking list is known for such classic characters as Madeline, Corduroy, Pippi Longstocking, Roald Dahl's Matilda, Rosemary Wells's Max & Ruby, The Stinky Cheese Man, Llama Llama, Angelina Ballerina, Cam Jansen, and Froggy. Viking publishes the entire works of Ezra Jack Keats, including The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and Robert McCloskey, author of Make Way for Ducklings, a Caldecott winner, and Homer Price.


Regina Hayes

Regina Hayes joined Viking in 1982 after serving as Executive Editor at Dial Books for Young Readers. She began her career at Coward-McCann, a division of G. P. Putnam's Sons.



The Caldecott Medal

2000: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
1984: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Blériot by Alice and Martin Provensen
1980: Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall, illustrated by Barbara Cooney
1975: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott
1963: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
1960: Nine Days to Christmas, illustrated by Marie Hall Ets; text by Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida
1958: Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey
1954: Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans
1942: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
1941: They Were Strong and Good by Robert Lawson

The Caldecott Honor

1998:There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly illustrated by Simms Taback
1996: Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson
1993: The Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
1973: Hosie's Alphabet by Hosea, Tobias and Lisa Baskin, illustrated by Leonard Baskin
1970: Goggles! by Ezra Jack Keats (originally published by Macmillan); Pop Corn & Ma Goodness by Edna Mitchell Preston, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker; Thy Friend, Obadiah by Brinton Turkle
1968: Seashore Story by Taro Yashima
1966: Just Me by Marie Hall Ets
1959: Umbrella by Taro Yashima
1958: Fly High, Fly Low by Don Freeman
1957: Gillespie and the Guards by Benjamin Elkin, illustrated by James Daugherty; Mr. Penny's Race Horse by Marie Hall Ets; Lion by William Péne du Bois
1956: Crow Boy by Taro Yashima; Play with Me by Marie Hall Ets
1954: Journey Cake, Ho! by Ruth Sawyer, illustrated by Robert McCloskey
1953: One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
1952: Mr. T. W. Anthony Woo by Marie Hall Ets; Bear Party by William Péne du Bois
1949: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey; Fish in the Air by Kurt Wiese
1948: Bambino the Clown by George Schreiber
1947: Boats on the River by Marjorie Flack, illustrated by Jay Hyde Barnum
1946: You Can Write Chinese by Kurt Wiese
1945: The Christmas Anna Angel by Ruth Sawyer, illustrated by Kate Seredy; In the Forest by Marie Hall Ets
1944: Small Rain: Verses from the Bible selected by Jessie Orton Jones, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones
1943: Dash and Dart by Mary and Conrad Buff
1942: In My Mother's House by Ann Nolan Clark, illustrated by Velino Herrera
1940: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
1939: Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty; Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson
1938: Seven Simeons by Boris Artzybasheff

The Newbery Medal

1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
1948: The Twenty-one Balloons by William Péne du Bois
1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty
1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy
1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon

The Newbery Honor

1976: The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis
1970: Journey Outside by Mary Q. Steele
1958: The Great Wheel by Robert Lawson
1957: The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads
1956: Men, Microscopes, and Living Things by Katehrine Shippen
1954: All Alone by Claire Huchet Bishop
1953: Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil
1952: Americans Before Columbus by Elizabeth Baity; The Light at Tern Rocks by Julia Sauer
1950: Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill
1949: Daughter of the Mountains by Louise Rankin
1948: Pancakes-Paris by Claire Huchet Bishop
1947: Big Tree by Mary and Conral Buff; The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanore Jewett
1946: New Found World by Katerine Shippen
1944: Fog Magic by Julia L. Sauer
1942: Down Ryton Water by Eva Roe Gaggin
1941: Blue Willow by Doris Gates; Nansen by Anna Gertrude Hall
1940: The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
1939: Nino by Valenti Angelo; Penn by Elizabeth Janet Gray
1937: Golden Basket by Ludwig Bemelmans; Whistler's Van by Idwal Jones; Winterbound by Margery Bianco
1936: The Good Master by Kate Sheredy; Young Walter Scott by Elizabeth Janet Gray

The New York Times Best Illustrated Books

2000: I Walk at Night by Lois Duncan, illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
1998: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, illustrated by Simms Taback
1995: Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson
1992: The Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
1991: Ooh-La-La: (Max in Love) by Maira Kalman; Punch in New York by Alice Provensen
1979: Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall, illustrated by Barbara Cooney
1978: A Peaceable Kingdom: The Shaker Abecedarius illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen
1976: Merry Ever After by Joe Lasker
1972: Hosie's Alphabet by Hosea Tobias and Lisa Baskin, illustrated by Leonard Baskin
1971: Bear Circus by William Péne du Bois
1968: Talking Without Words by Marie Hall Ets
1967: Seashore Story by Taro Yashima
1953: Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans
1952: Beasts and Nonsense by Marie Hall Ets

The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award

2006: New Writer Award to Mary Ann Rodman for My Best Friend illustrated by E. B. Lewis; New Illustrator Award to Yunmee Kyong for Silly Chicken written by Rukhsana Khan
2000: New Writer Award to Soyung Pak for Dear Juno illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung
1989: New Writer Award to Yoriko Tsutsui for Anna's Special Present, illustrated by Akiko Hayashi