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Natalie Savage Carlson

Natalie Savage Carlson (October 3, 1906 – September 23, 1997) was a 20th-century American writer of children's books.[1] For her lifetime contribution as a children's writer, she was United States nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1966.[2]

She was born in Kernstown, Virginia of French Canadian descent, and worked many old family stories and folktales into early books like The Talking Cat and Other Stories of French Canada (1952).[3] Carlson published her first story at age eight on the children's page of the Baltimore Sunday Sun.[4] For The Family Under the Bridge, she was a runner-up for the 1959 Newbery Medal from the professional librarians, which annually recognizes the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children".[5]

Carlson died on September 23, 1997 in Rhode Island.


  • The Talking Cat: and other stories of French Canada, illustrator Roger Duvoisin, Harper, 1952
  • The Happy Orpheline, illustrator Garth Williams, Harper, 1957
  • The Family Under the Bridge, Harper, 1958; reprint HarperCollins, 1989, ISBN 978-0-06-440250-7
  • A Brother for the Orphelines, illustrator Garth Williams, Harper, 1959
  • Evangeline, Pigeon of Paris, illustrator Nicholas Mordvinoff, Harcort Brace Jovanovich, 1960;
reissued as Pigeon of Paris, illustrator Quentin Blake, Scholastic, 1972
  • A Pet for the Orphelines, illustrator Fermin Rocker, Harper, 1962
  • Jean-Claude's Island, illustrator Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Harper & Row, 1963.
  • School Bell in the Valley, Harcourt, 1963, ISBN 978-0-15-270645-6
  • The Orphelines in the Enchanted Castle, illustrator Adriana Saviozzi, Harper, 1964
  • The Empty Schoolhouse, HarperCollins, 1965, ISBN 978-0-06-020981-0
  • Chalou, Harper & Row, 1967, pictures George Loh, AC 67-10034
  • Ann Aurelia and Dorothy, illustrator Dale Payson, Harper & Row, 1968
  • The Half Sisters, illustrator Thomas Di Grazia, Harper & Row, 1970
  • Luvvy and the Girls, illustrator Thomas Di Grazia, Harper & Row, 1971
  • Marie Louise's Heyday, illustrators Jose Aruego, Ariane Dewey, Scribner, 1975, ISBN 0-684-14360-7
  • Runaway Marie Louise, illustrators Jose Aruego, Ariane Dewey, Scribner, 1977, ISBN 978-0-684-15045-1
  • The Night the Scarecrow Walked, illustrators Charles Robinson, 1979, ISBN 0-684-16311-X


  1. ^ "Birthday Bios: Natalie Savage Carlson". Vicki Palmquist. Children's Literature Network.
  2. ^ "US Nominees for the Hans Christian Andersen Award". AndersenAward-winners-and-nominees.pdf, page 2. United States Board on Books for Young People. 2008. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  3. ^ ""Natalie Savage Carlson Papers, 1952-1986. Finding Aid."". Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-13.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). Children's Literature Research Collections. University of Minnesota. Archived 2008-10-31.
  4. ^ "Natalie Savage Carlson Papers". de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. University of Southern Mississippi. February 1996. Retrieved 2013-06-29. With biographical sketch.
  5. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922–Present". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA).
      "The John Newbery Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-07-16.

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