Children’s Book Week: The Betsy Byars Papers

Children’s Book Week: The Betsy Byars Papers

Children’s Book Week is an annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This year, Children’s Book Week is April 30th – May 6th.

Special Collections and Archives holds a small collection of the early papers of children’s author Betsy Byars. Byars has written more than sixty books for young and middle grade readers.  She won the Newberry Medal in 1971 for The Summer of the Swans, the American Book Award in 1981 for The Night Swimmers, the Edgar in 1992 for Wanted…Mud Blossom and many state awards voted on by readers. Two of her most popular series are the Bingo Brown books and The Blossom Family series.

The Betsy Byars Papers include many of her early published and unpublished writings, some correspondence, galleys of her books and interviews. In addition, Special Collections and Archives holds copies, in many languages, of most editions of Byars works through 2000.

See: Betsy Byars Papers (part 1) and Betsy Byars Papers (part 2)

And also:    Books by Betsy Byars in Special Collection & Archives