Barbara Cooney

1917 - 2000

(1992 Kerlan Award)


The Kerlan Award is given "in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children's literature." The books listed below are owned by the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library.


Cooney, Barbara. (1967). Christmas. New York : Crowell. 394.26 C775c

Presents the background of Christmas as we know it today, including the story of Jesus’ birth, the ancient pagan festivities that have been incorporated into the occasion, and customs of many different countries that have become part of this festival.

Cooney, Barbara. (1969). A garland of games & other diversions : an alphabet book. (Initial letters by Suzanne R. Morse). Williamsburg, Va. : Colonial Williamsburg; distributed by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York. PRIM-FIC C7755ga

Letters of the alphabet are introduced by illustrated verses describing colonial children at play.

Cooney, Barbara. (1990). Hattie and the wild waves : a story from Brooklyn. New York, N.Y. U.S.A. : Viking. PRIM-FIC C7755HA

A young girl from Brooklyn, New York enjoys her summer at the beach where she can paint and listen to the wild waves.

Cooney, Barbara. (1991, c1988). Island boy : story and pictures. New York : Puffin Books. PRIM-FIC C7755is

Matthais grows from a little boy to a grandfather on a small island off the coast of New England.

Cooney, Barbara. (1982). Little brother and little sister. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday. 398.2 C7754L

A brother and sister run away from their cruel and wicked stepmother to a forest, but cannot escape her powers.

Cooney, Barbara. (1961). The little juggler. New York : Hastings House. 398.2 C775L

Retells the legend of the little juggler's search for a special Christmas gift for the Christ Child and the Blessed Mother.

A Little Prayer. (1967). (Pictures by Barbara Cooney). New York : Hasting House. 242 C775L

A child's prayer for goodness and understanding.


Webster, Noah. (1960). The American speller : an adaptation of Noah Webster’s blue-backed speller. (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). New York : Thomas Y. Crowell. 372.42 W382a

A speller with sentences to aid in pronunciation and that are full of humor, good sense, and information.

McEwen, Catherine Schaefer. (1956). Away we go! 100 poems for the very young. (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). New York : Crowell. 808.81 M1423a

Collection of fun and nonesense poems about learning, nature, pets, and special days, times, and thoughts, all intended for the very young reader

Salten, Felix. (1970). Bambi : a life in the woods. (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). New York : Simon and Schuster. INTR-FIC S1794BA

Describes the life of a deer in the forest as he grows from a fawn to a stag.

Chaucer, Geoffrey. (1958). Chanticleer and the fox adapted and illustrated by Barbara Cooney from Geoffrey Chaucer. New York : Crowell. 821 C4964ch

A sly fox tries to outwit a proud rooster through the use of flattery.

The courtship, merry marriage, and feast of Cock Robin and Jenny Wren, to which is added The doleful death of Cock Robin. (1985). (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). New York : Scribner. 398.8 C664

A retelling of the English nursery rhyme that relates the life of Cock Robin.

Garelick, May. (1973). Down to the beach. (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). New York : Four Winds Press. PRIM-FIC G2295do

Explores the many different sights, sounds, and activities of the beach.

Haviland, Virginia. (1963). Favorite fairy tales told in Spain. (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). Boston : Little, Brown. 398.2 H388sp

A collection of Spanish folk and fairy tales including The flea, The four brothers who were both wise and foolish, and others.

Schwartz, Delmore. (1979, c1958). "I am cherry alive," the little girl sang. (Pictures by Barbara Cooney). New York : Harper & Row. PRIM-FIC S4113i

A little girl's song of celebration at being part of, and alive in, the universe.

Montgomery, Rutherford George. (1949). Kildee house. (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday. INTR-FIC M7885KI

When Jerome Kildee, a solitary man, builds a home in a redwood forest in California, he takes in some skunks and raccoons, but as they begin to multiply, Kildee looks to two human neighbors for help.

Hall, Donald. (1979). Ox-cart man. (Pictures by Barbara Cooney). New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC H175OX

Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family.

De la Mare, Walter. (1961). Peacock pie. (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). New York : Knopf. 821 D336P 1961

A collection of the rhymes and poems of the English poet and author, Walter De la Mare, about fairies, kings, beasts, and children.

Reynolds, Barbara Leonard. (1952). Pepper. (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). New York : Scribner. INTR-FIC R4624pe

Alec rescues and raises an orphaned baby raccoon, and with his pet's help befriends the neighborhood bully and brings a zoo to their town.

Kingman, Lee. (1953). Peter's long walk. (Pictures by Barbara Cooney). Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday. PRIM-FIC K546PE

The day after his fifth birthday, Peter walks from his home in the country to school in the village in search of friends with whom to play.

Lansing, Elisabeth Hubbard. (1952). The pony that kept a secret. (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). New York : Crowell. INTR-FIC L2954po

The twins and baby brother spend an adventuresome summer on a farm.

Preston, Edna Mitchell. (1975). The sad story of the little bluebird and the hungry cat. (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). New York : Four Winds Press. PRIM-FIC P9377SA

A hungry cat hops, skips, and jumps after a bluebird. Then the bluebird begins to fly.

Molloy, Anne Stearns Baker. (1965). Shaun and the boat : an Irish story. (Pictures by Barbara Cooney). New York : Hastings House. PRIM-FIC M7278sh

Shaun is very proud of his father, the best boat builder in Ballymoran, and longs to help him build the boat that will compete in the race against other Irish village' boats.

Kay, Helen. (1955). Snow birthday. (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). New York : Ariel Books, Farrar Straus & Cadahy. PRIM-FIC K234sn

Stephen longs for snow for his birthday so he can play outside with his friends, but when his wish for a lot of snow comes true, his only party guests might be a little girl and her father whose car becomes snowbound nearby.

Grimm, Jacob, & Grimm, Wilhelm. (1965). Snow-White and Rose-Red. (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). New York : Delacorte Press. 398.2 G864s

A bear, befriended by two sisters during the winter, returns one day to reward them royally for their kindness.

Horwitz, Elinor Lander. (1975). When the sky is like lace. (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). Philadelphia : Lippincott. PRIM-FIC H8244wh

Describes the strange and splendid things that can happen on a bimulous night when the sky is like lace.

Jewett, Sarah Orne. (1963). A white heron, a story of Maine. (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). New York : Crowell. PRIM-FIC J593wh

Sylvy, a girl of the woods, helps a young ornithologist to find a rare white heron.

Supraner, Robyn. (1973). Would you rather be a tiger? (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney). Boston : Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC S9596wo

Speculates on what life would be like if one were a variety of animals instead of a child.


Author Information

Berman, R. (2001). Leonard Everett Fisher. The Kerlan Awards in children's literature, 1975-2001 (pp. 151-153). St. Paul: Pogo Press. Children REF PN 497 .K47 2001

Cooney, Barbara 1917 - 2000. (2001). In Something about the author (Vol.123, pp. 26).  Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

Cooney, Barbara 1917 - . (1998). In Something about the author (Vol.96, pp. 67-75).  Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

Cooney, Barbara 1917 - . (1990). In Something about the author (Vol. 59, pp. 46-55).  Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

Cooney, Barbara 1917 - . (1971). In Something about the author (Vol. 6, pp. 49-51).  Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009


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