De Jong, Meindert, 1906-1991

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Netherlands-born, American author of children's books.

From the description of Far out the long canal : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62423211

From the description of Hurry home, Candy : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62435755

From the description of The wheel on the school : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62435757

From the description of Along came a dog : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62731429

Netherlands born, American author of children's books.

From the description of Nobody plays with a cabbage : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62731430

Netherlands-born, American author of children's book.

From the description of The singing hill : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62435756

De Jong was born in The Netherlands in 1910 and came to Grand Rapids (Mich.) as a child in 1918. He attended Grand Rapids Christian High School and received his B.A. from Calvin College. During World War II, he served three years as a sergeant and historian for Gen. Chennault's 14th Air Force in China. In 1962, De Jong won the Hans Christain Anderson Award, the first American to do so. Five of his books won the Anderson Award. In 1954 he was awarded the Newberry Medal. On two other occassions, he was runner-up for the Newberry. De Jong also won the 1956 annual Children's Book Award of the Child Study Association of America. His books weretranslated into 21 languages and he won many awards. De Jong's last book, the Easter Cat, which also won an Anderson Award, was published in 1991. De Jong died in 1991. (this information is from the collection and Anderson Award winners website.).

From the description of Papers, 1933,1965. (Clarke Historical Library). WorldCat record id: 47225915

Netherlands-born, American author of children's books; Newbery winner in 1955.

From the description of Papers, 1953-1964. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62423210

Meindert DeJong was born March 4, 1906 in Wierum, Netherlands. Coming to America, he studied at Calvin College in Michigan. He began writing children's books in the 1930s, publishing his first book, The Big Goose and the Little White Duck in 1939. In served in the United States Army in China during WWII, and continued his writing career after the war. In 1955 he won the Newbery Award for The Wheel on the School. Love of nature, and children's capabilities and sentiments, are themes which recur throughout many of DeJong's works. He retired from writing in 1986, and died in Allegan, Michigan on July 16, 1991.

Biographical sources: Something About the Author, v. 2, 68 Children's Literature Review v. 7

From the guide to the Meindert De Jong Papers, 1953-1964, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

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referencedIn Edna Edwards Interviews with Children's Authors and Illustrators, 1966-1976 Loyola Marymount University. William H. Hannon Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.
referencedIn Donald and Katharine Foley Collection of Penguin Books, post 1965 Bancroft Library
creatorOf De Jong, Meindert, 1906-1991. Papers, 1933,1965. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf De Jong, Meindert, 1906-1991. Far out the long canal : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
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creatorOf De Jong, Meindert, 1906-1991. Along came a dog : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
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associatedWith Edwards, Edna. person
associatedWith Foley, Donald L. person
associatedWith Foley, Katharine person
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Netherlands
Michigan
Grand Rapids (Mich.)
Kent County (Mich.)
Netherlands
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Dogs--Juvenile fiction
Skating--Juvenile fiction
Gardening--Fiction
Horses--Juvenile fiction
Chickens--Juvenile fiction
Storks--Juvenile fiction
Dogs--Fiction
Storks--Fiction
Gardening--Juvenile fiction
Children's literature, American
Horses--Fiction
Chickens--Fiction
Children's literature--Manuscripts
Country life--Fiction
Children's literature
Country life--Juvenile fiction
Ice skating--Fiction
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Birth 1906-03-04

Death 1991-07-16

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