Ruth Sawyer

1880 - 1970

(1965 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.


Sawyer, Ruth. (1944). The Christmas Anna Angel. New York : The Viking Press. INTR-FIC S2718ch

 Tells how Anna and Miklos prepare for Christmas in a year when supplies for holiday treats and decorations are scarce.

Sawyer, Ruth. (1954). A cottage for Betsy. (Pictures by Vera Bock). New York : Harper. INTR-FIC S2718CO

Elizabeth loves to cook and Michael likes to tinker with cars, but, since they are royalty, they rarely get to do what they like. When the Prime Minister arranges for a holiday for them, they hardly suspect how their adventure will turn out.

Sawyer, Ruth. (1956). The enchanted schoolhouse. (Illustrated by Hugh Troy). New York : Viking Press. INTR-FIC S2718EN

 An Irish lad catches a leprechaun to take with him on a trip to America, where he impresses his new friends with the splendors of his homeland and helps bring a new schoolhouse to the town.

Sawyer, Ruth. (1953). Journey cake, ho! (Illustrated by Robert McCloskey). New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC S2718JO

 Johnny is leaving the farm because of hard times when his Journey Cake leads him on a merry chase that results in a farm yard full of animals and the family all together again.

Sawyer, Ruth. (1941). The least one. (Illustrated by Leo Politi). New York : Viking. INTR-FIC S2718L

 Paco thinks Chiquitico is the finest burro alive and they wander where they like, which greatly disappoints Paco’s father. When Paco is appreticed to the sandal-maker and promptly disappears, only San Francisco can help.

Sawyer, Ruth. (1956). The long Christmas. (Illustrated by Valenti Angelo). New York : Viking Press. 394.26 S271L

From Christmas to Ephiphany is thirteen days and this is the Long Christmas. In this collection of stories, some humorous, some touching, some ancient, and some new, Ruth Sawyer "sets a candle burning" with each story and intersperses them with carols and Christmas rhymes.

Sawyer, Ruth. (1952). Maggie Rose, her birthday Christmas. (Pictures by Maurice Sendak). New York : Harper. INTR-FIC S2718M

 An eight-year-old Maine girl determines in June to sell enough berries that summer so that she and her shiftless family can give a proper celebration for her birthday Christmas.

Sawyer, Ruth. (1967). My Spain; a storyteller's year of collecting. New York : Viking Press. 914.6 S271m

The author’s account of her trip to pre-Revolutionary Spain to gather folk and fairy tale material for American children.

Sawyer, Ruth. (1946). Old Con and Patrick. (Illustrated by Cathal O'Toole). New York : Junior Literary Guild. INTR-FIC S2718O

Patrick was always running everywhere quickly. When he contracts polio, he has to hobble around like his grandfather. Grandfather contrives two pets for the boy who encourage him to make the best of matters. And Patrick does.

Sawyer, Ruth. (1936). Picture tales from Spain. (Illustrations by Carlos Sanchez). Philadelphia : Lippincott. 398 S2715p

Eleven folk tales which were traditionally told by Spanish storytellers.

Sawyer, Ruth. (1936). Roller skates. (Illustrated by Valenti Angelo). New York : Viking Press. INTR-FIC S2718RO

 Liberated for a year from her parents’ restrictions, ten-year-old Lucinda discovers true freedom in the care of her temporary guardians as she roller skates around the streets of turn-of-the-century New York.

Sawyer, Ruth. (1916). This way to Christmas. New York, London : Harper & Brothers. INTR-FIC S2718st

A lonely boy in snowy hill country at Christmas meets a "locked-out fairy" who introduces him to equally lonely neighbors and each tells him a unique story of the Christmas season.

Sawyer, Ruth. (1934). Toño Antonio. (Drawings by F. Luis Mora). New York : The Viking Press. INTR-FIC S2718T

When revolution comes to Spain, the old farm called "El Campo del Paraiso" is abandoned by its owners, but not by its caretakers.

Sawyer, Ruth. (2005). The wee Christmas cabin of Carn-na-ween. (Illustrated by Max Grafe). Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. PRIM-FIC S2718we

 Oona Hegerty, a poor woman, has always longed for her own cabin, and on Christmas Eve, after being trapped in the snow with no shelter, she finds a group of wee people who work to grant her wish.

Sawyer, Ruth. (1960). The year of the Christmas dragon. (Illustrated by Hugh Troy). New York : Viking Press. INTR-FIC S2718Y

 A Mexican lad finds a Chinese dragon on the hillside and, in return for feeding the dragon and telling him old tales, the dragon helps the boy’s village celebrate the Christmas fiesta.


Sawyer, Ruth. (1969). Ruth Sawyer, storyteller [sound recording]. Weston, CT : Weston Woods Studios. Multimedia PC 566

t. 2. Ruth Sawyer relates the background to her stories (7 min.) -- The peddler of Ballaghadereen, from The Way of the Storyteller (16 min.) -- A Chinese fairy tale, from Moonshine and Clover by Laurence Housman (15 min.) -- Ruth Sawyer comments on storytelling (7 min.).

Author Information

Ruth Sawyer (1880-1970). (1979). In Something about the author (Vol. 17, pp. 207-211). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009


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