Marcia Brown

1918 - 2015

(1992 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award)


The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was first given to its namesake in 1954 by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The award, a bronze medal, honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Between 1960 and 1980, the Wilder Award was given every five years. From 1980 to 2001, it was awarded every three years. Beginning in 2001, it has been awarded every two years. The award information was retrieved from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award website. The call numbers for the books owned by the Kathryn A. Martin Library are provided after the citation.


Brown, Marcia. (1974). All butterflies; an ABC. New York, Scribner. PRIM-FIC B8787AL

 Pairs of words, such as "All Butterflies," "Cat Dance," and "Elephants Fly," are set against illustrative woodcuts.

Brown, Marcia. (1966). Backbone of the king. New York : Scribner. 398.2 B8795b

 "Based on The Hawaiian story of Pakaa and Kuapakaa, the personal attendants of Keawenuiaumi ..., collected, assembled, selected, and edited by Moses K. Nakuina. Honolulu, n.d. Translation from the Hawaiian by Dorothy M. Kahananui."

Brown, Marcia. (1950). Dick Whittington and his cat. New York : Scribner. 398.2 B8795di

 Retells the legend of the poor boy in medieval England who trades his beloved cat for a fortune in gold and jewels and eventually becomes Lord Mayor of London.

Brown, Marcia. (1958). Felice. New York : Scribner. PRIM-FIC B8787FE

 In Venice, city of cats and canals, a little striped cat is befriended by a canal boatman’s son and gets a name and a home.

Brown, Marcia. (1949). Henry, fisherman : a story of the Virgin Islands. New York, Scribner's Sons. PRIM-FIC B8787HE

 Henry wants to be a fisherman more than anything else in the world, and his first day on board his father’s boat, he proves he will be.

Brown, Marcia. (1946). The little carousel. New York : Scribner. PRIM-FIC B8787LI

 What starts out as a quiet day for Anthony becomes the best day of his life when a carousel visits his street.

Brown, Marcia. (1967). The neighbors. New York : Charles Scribner's Sons. 398.2 B8795n

 When the fox’s ice house melts, he simply takes over the hare’s home who then must find a way to get it back.

Brown, Marcia. (1961). Once a mouse ... A fable cut in wood. New York : Scribner. 398.2 B8795on

 As it changes from mouse, to cat, to dog, to tiger, a hermit’s pet also becomes increasingly vain.

Brown, Marcia. (1959) Peter Piper's alphabet : Peter Piper's practical principles of plain and perfect pronunciation. New York : Scribner. PRIM-FIC B8787PE

 A new version of some old rhymes originally published in England,1813.

Brown, Marcia. (1951) Skipper John's cook. New York : Scribner. PRIM-FIC B8787SK

 When the skipper of the Liberty Belle and his crew get tired of eating beans, they hire a cook who surprises them with his cooking.

Brown, Marcia. (1947) Stone soup, an old tale. New York : Scribner. 398.2 B8795s

 When three hungry soldiers come to a town where all the food has been hidden, they set out to make soup of water and stones, and all the town enjoys a feast.


Perrault, Charles. (1954). Cinderella; or, The little glass slipper. (Pictures by Marcia Brown). New York : Scribner. 398 P454c

 In her haste to flee the palace before the fairy godmother’s magic loses effect, Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper.

Perrault, Charles. (1952). Puss in Boots; a free translation from the French. (Pictures by Marcia Brown). New York : Scribner. 398.2 P4543pus

 The tale of a sly cat who wins for his master the lordship of a manor and the hand of a princess.

Cendrars, Blaise. (1982) Shadow. (Translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown). New York : Scribner's. 841 C3953sh

 From conversations with shamans in their villages, from storytellers around the fires in an Africa that is passing into memory, the poet Blaise Cendrars evoked a dancing image--Shadow. The eerie shifting image of Shadow appears where there is light and fire and a storyteller to bring it to life.

De Regniers, Beatrice Schenk. (1988). Sing a song of popcorn : every child's book of poems. (Illustrated by Marcia Brown and eight other Caldecott Medal artisits). New York, NY: Scholastic Inc. 808.81 S6175

 A collection of 115 poems by a variety of well-known authors with illustrations by nine Caldecott medalists.

Andersen, H. C . (1953) The steadfast tin soldier. (Translated by M.R. James, illustrated by Marcia Brown). New York : Scribner. 398 A5444st

 Retells the perilous adventures of a one-legged toy soldier in love with a paper-doll ballet dancer.

Asbjørnsen, Peter Christen & Moe, J.M. (1957). The three billy goats Gruff. (Pictures by Marcia Brown; from the translation of G. W. Dasent). New York : Harcourt Brace. 398.2 A799th

 Three clever billy goats outwit a mean, ugly troll that lives under the bridge they must cross on their way to a grassy pasture.

Andersen, H.C. (1963) The wild swans. (Illustrated by Marcia Brown). New York : Scribner. 398 A5444w

 Tells the tale of the eleven brothers who were turned into swans by a wicked queen and of their sister who found a way to bring them permanently back to their human shapes.


Brown, Marcia. (1986). Lotus seeds : children, pictures, and books. New York : C. Scribner’s Sons. NC975.5.B74 A2 1986

Author Information

Brown, Marcia. (2008). 1955 Cinderella; or, The Little Glass Slipper. In L. S. Marcus. A Caldecott celebration : Seven artists and their paths to the Caldecott Medal (pp. 13-18). New York : Walker & Co. 741.6 M322c

Marcia Brown, 96, dies (New York Times)

Brown, Marcia 1918 - . (1987). In Something about the author (Vol. 47, pp. 28-45). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Brown, Marcia 1918 - . (1971). In Something about the author (Vol. 7, pp. 29-31). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Marcia J. Brown '40 (University Libraries, University of Albany, State University of New York


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