The NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, initiated in 2003, aims to enhance the quality of children’s literature by promoting writing that contributes to the quality of their lives.
Since 2003, the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature has been awarded every other year to a living writer or author-illustrator with significant achievement in children’s or young-adult literature. Made possible through the generosity of Nancy Barcelo, Susan Neustadt Schwartz, and Kathy Neustadt and sponsored by World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma’s award-winning magazine of international literature, the NSK Prize celebrates literature that contributes to the quality of children’s lives. Candidates for the award are nominated by a jury of children’s literature writers, illustrators, or scholars, and the jury also selects the winner of each [...]Read more...
A Look Back At…
"If you ever want to connect or reconnect with what it was like to view the world with a child’s sense of wonder, just read one of Virginia Euwer Wolff’s books."—Nancy Barcelo Virginia Euwer Wolff (b. 1937) was born in Oregon. She lived in Portland with her family, who owned an apple orchard. In 1945, she began violin lessons, which fermented a love of music that still exists to this day. After graduating from Smith College, she taught school, reared two children, and attended…
“M’Illumino D’Immenso – I flood myself with the light of the immense.” ― Giuseppe Ungaretti, 1970 Neustadt Prize Laureate
“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” ― Gabriel García Márquez, 1972 Neustadt Prize Laureate
“Verbal humor is one of the more obvious features of Ponge’s style. It runs the whole gamut of word play, down to the outrageous sort of pun customarily greeted with a groan. In part, this carries on the systematic surrealist destruction of conventional literature.” — Micheal Riffaterre on 1974 Neustadt Prize Laureate Francis Ponge
“If after I read a poem the world looks like that poem for 24 hours or so I’m sure it’s a good one—and the same goes for paintings. ” ― Elizabeth Bishop, 1976 Neustadt Prize Laureate
“In a room where / people unanimously maintain / a conspiracy of silence, / one word of truth / sounds like a pistol shot.” ― Czesław Miłosz, 1978 Neustadt Prize Laureate
“Like Franz Kafka, Josef Škvorecký is a man who writes in a minor language and has become, in translation, the spokesman for the mind and soul of people in far greater numbers than the original language could have reached.” — Arnošt Lustig on the 1980 Neustadt Prize Laureate Josef Škvorecký
“By approaching language through poetry and passion he deals with a universal fact—there is no culture without language, and language belongs to all of us—through feelings (sensuousness, sexual passion) that are also our common heritage.” — Manuel Durán on 1982 Neustadt Prize Laureate Octavio Paz
“Finnish is not a language, it is a way of setting at the end of the bench with your fur cap pulled over your ears.” ― Paavo Haavikko, 1984 Neustadt Prize Laureate
“Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.” ― Max Frisch, 1986 Neustadt Prize Laureate
“[Raja Rao is] perhaps the most brilliant—and certainly the most interesting—writer of modern India.”—Santha Rama Rau on 1988 Neustadt Prize Laureate Raja Rao