Awards Won By Scott O'Dell

Additional Awards

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Awards for Island of the Blue Dolphins

  • John Newbery Medal, 1961
  • Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, 1961
  • Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People Notable Book, 1961
  • Pomona Friends of the Library, 1961
  • International Board on Books for Young People Honor List, 1962
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1963
  • Jugendbuchpreis, 1963 (Given by Federal Republic of Germany)
  • Rupert Hughes Award 
  • Nene Award, 1964 
  • George C. Stone Center for Children's Books, 1971
  • Children's Literature Association: "11 Best American Children's Books of the Past 200 Years," 1976
  • Omar's Book Award, 1985
  • School Library Journal, Books That Shaped the Century, 2000

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Awards for Specific Books

The King's Fifth

  • Newbery Honor Book, 1967
  • Jugendbuchpreis, 1970(Given by Federal Republic of Germany)

The Black Pearl

  • Newberry Honor Book, 1968

Sing Down the Moon

  • A Children's Book of the Year, 1970 (Child Study Association)
  • Newbery Honor Book, 1971
  • Freedoms Foundation Award, 1973
  • Booklist Contemporary Classics for Young Adults, 1984
  • Phoenix Award Honor Book, 1990 (Children's Study Association)

The Treasure of Topo-El-Bambo

  • A Children's Book of the Year, 1972 (Child Study Association)

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More awards...

Child of Fire

  • New York Times Outstanding Book, 1974 (Child Study Association)
  • A Children's Book of the Year, 1974 (Child Study Association)

The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt By Night

  • A Children's Book of the Year, 1976 (Child Study Association)

Zia

  • ALA (American Library Association) Notable Book
  • A Children's Book of the Year, 1978 (Child Study Association)

The 290

  • A Children's Book of the Year, 1978 (Child Study Association)

Sarah Bishop

  • Tennessee Children's Choice Book Award Nominee, 1980/1981
  • Mark Twain Nominee, 1982

Alexandra

  • Parents' Choice Award, 1984
  • Florida Historical Association Award
  • Spring Jackrabbit Award Nominee, 1986/87

Streams to the River, River to the Sea

  • Parents' Choice Award, 1986
  • Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, 1987 
  • Washington Irving Children's Choice Book Award Nominee, 1987 
  • A Children's Book of the Year, 1987 (Child Study Association)
  • Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee, 1988-89 

Black Star, Bright Dawn

  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Nominee, 1988/89
  • Washington Irving Children's Choice Book Award Nominee, 1987 
  • Woodward Park Book Award, 1989
  • William Allen White Award Nominee, 1990/91

My Name Is Not Angelica

  • South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee, 1992/93

Thunder Rolling in the Mountains

  • Notable 1992 Children's Trade Book in the Field of Sociat Studies (National Council for Social Studies and Children's Book Council)
  • South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee, 1994/95

Venus Among the Fishes

  • Volunteer State Award Nominee, 1998/99

Miscellaneous Awards

  • Regina Medial, 1978: Catholic Library Association
  • FOCAL Award, 1981: Friends of Children & Literature
  • SLMSSENY Award, 1989: School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York
  • Georgia O'Keefe Book Award, 1991/1992