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Virginia Haviland (1911–1988)

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Obres de Virginia Haviland

The Fairy Tale Treasury (1972) 63 exemplars

Obres associades

Princess Tales (1971) — Col·laborador — 89 exemplars
The Kingfisher Treasury of Princess Stories (2001) — Col·laborador — 56 exemplars
The Oxford Book of Scary Tales (1992) — Col·laborador — 36 exemplars
Memory In a House (1973) — Pròleg — 33 exemplars
The Stone of Victory and Other Tales (1966) — Pròleg — 29 exemplars
Books in search of children; speeches and essays (1970) — Editor — 15 exemplars
The Spirited Life: Bertha Mahony Miller and Children's Books (1973) — Bibliography — 6 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 2, October 1977 (1977) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 4, December 1974 (1974) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 8, April 1976 (1976) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 5, January 1977 (1977) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 1, September 1977 (1977) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 6, February 1977 — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 11, July 1977 — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


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Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
Rochester, New York, USA
Lloc de defunció
Washington, DC, USA
Llocs de residència
Rochester, New York, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Washington, DC, USA
Cornell University (B.A.|Economics & Mathematics|1933)
children's literature authority
Library of Congress
Boston Public Library
American Library Association
Horn Book Magazine
Premis i honors
Regina Medal (1976)
Grolier Award (1976)
Honorary Life Membership in the American Library Association (1982)
Ambassador for Children's Books, American Library Association (1982)
Biografia breu
"The right book for the right child at the right time."

Virginia Haviland (May 21, 1911 – January 6, 1988) was an American librarian and writer who became an international authority in children's literature. She chaired the prestigious Newbery-Caldecott Award Committee, traveled and wrote extensively. Haviland is also well known for her Favorite Fairy Tales series, featuring stories from sixteen countries.

Virginia Haviland was born in Rochester, New York, to William J. Haviland and Bertha M. Esten. She grew up mainly in Massachusetts. During her childhood, she traveled abroad and spent time with two aunts who entertained international visitors in their home. The early influence of contact with international visitors may have influenced her adult interest in traveling and working with international colleagues. Haviland held a BA in economics and mathematics from Cornell University (1933). She became a children's librarian in 1934 for the Boston Public Library, under the tutelage of Alice Jordan, founder of children's services there. She was a branch librarian and children's librarian at Boston from 1948 to 1952, and a reader's adviser for children from 1952 to 1963. Haviland studied folklore under Albert B. Lord at Harvard.

In 1949 Haviland gave the New England Library Association's Hewins Lecture for research in the history of children's literature about nineteenth-century travel books for children, and taught Library Service to Children and Reading Guidance for Children at Simmons College School of Library Science from 1957 to 1962 where there is now a Virginia Haviland Scholarship. She also reviewed for The Horn Book Magazine for about thirty years.

Haviland chaired the Children's Services Division of the American Library Association (ALA) from 1954 to 1955, and as such attended conferences of the International Board on Books for Children (now called the International Board on Books for Young People), the International Federation of Library Associations, and the Institutions Roundtable for Children's Literature Documentation Centers. She was also chair of the Newbery-Caldecott Award Committee of the ALA from 1953–1954, and held positions of authority in other national and international professional organizations, including positions on many committees and juries that selected outstanding children's books. Her "credo was 'The right book for the right child at the right time.' She had high standards by which to judge children's literature and also accepted newer forms." Haviland judged the New York Herald Tribune Children's Spring Book Festival Awards from 1955 to 1957, as well as the International Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Book World Children's Spring Book Festival Awards, and the National Book Awards (1969). She was instrumental in beginning the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 1962 Haviland was invited to found the Center for Children's Literature at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. She became its first Head in 1963, and worked for the Library of Congress until her retirement in 1981. In a note to Haviland's cousin, author C. S. Haviland, fellow Regina Medal-winning author Jane Yolen wrote: "She was funny, acerbic, brilliant, and did not suffer fools at all. She was also gracious, never condescending, and saw her calling (as a librarian) as one of the highest callings of all. Her knowledge of American and British children's literature—and folklore in particular—was encyclopedic. It's been years since she died, but I still think of her."

Virginia Haviland died of a stroke on 6 January 1988, in Washington, D.C.



Openhearted Audience is a collection of essays (actually lectures given in observance of National Children's Book Week, (in November) at the Library of Congress) by authors who primarily write books for children:
Pamela Travers who wrote the Mary Poppins series (which is not on my list).
Maurice Sendak who wrote so many good books (everyone knows Where the Wild Things Are). None are on my challenge list, though. I liked what he had to say about New York, "Now, the point of going to New York was that you ate in New York" (p 32). Amen.
Joan Didion who wrote Miami, which I finished for the challenge and Play It as It Lies which will be read later. she wanted to know what it means to write for children as opposed to adults. Is there stigma attached to writing for a less developed intelligence?
Erik Haugaard who made the point about sharing art. I have often wondered why it is important to us that people first agree, then like, our recommendations where art is concerned. the fact we can find ourselves offended when one doesn't share our opinions, or worse, dislike the recommendation mystifies me. Even though we didn't produce the art, write the book, or make the movie, we feel rejected somehow; as if the art we presented were our own.
Ursula K. Le Guin who wrote The Wizard of Earthsea (her first book for children).
Ivan Southall who said "Life is more than blunt reaction" (p 87).
Virginia Hamilton who won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1969.
Jill Paton Walsh who won the Whitbread Literary Award in 1974.
Eleanor Cameron who talks of dreams.
John Rowe Townsend who was both a critic and a children's writer.
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SeriousGrace | Apr 11, 2020 |
Beautiful illustrations. Also contains a possibly queer-friendly tale in "The Wood Fairy."
karbrarian | Apr 28, 2018 |
(read for Traditional Literature assignment) Contains the tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, in which a young cowherd named Michel discovers the secret of the princesses whose shoes are worn through each morning though their door is locked as they sleep through the night. The main themes are love and sacrificing yourself for the one you love as Michel chooses to become one of the men stuck in the other world into which the princesses travel at night, in order to please the one he loves (though at the end she recognizes his choice and decides to marry him).… (més)
ZajiCox | Jun 7, 2017 |
I enjoyed how you can tell the stories in this book have been passed on through generations. Every author has their own way of sharing the script and Virginia Haviland does a great job of characterizing her protagonists and teaching morals. There were only two drawings in “The Princess Who Loved Her Father Like Salt” and they were highly unrealistic. I did not like the elongated bodies and faces with simple lines for mouths. The reader is left to assume too much regarding the appearance of the main characters. However, I loved the characterization. When the water spirit gives the poor travelers diamond-filled pomegranates, they choose to open a shop with the money where they can sell things cheap to the common people. The protagonists are humble and selfless. The message of the story is riches will only get you so far. Humble people reap the most benefits by helping others.… (més)
NatalieBonnington | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Oct 5, 2015 |



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