The internationally acclaimed author’s career spans more than 30 years. She is a two-time recipient of the Newbery Medal, in 1990 for “Number the Stars,” set in Denmark during World War II, and in 1994 for the eerily dystopian “The Giver.”

Lowry writes for a number of audiences from preschool to young adults, and her work has varied greatly in terms of content and style. Her first novel, “A Summer to Die,” is a sensitive coming-of-age story about a girl coping with the death of her older sister.
Lowry is equally versatile as a humorist, having penned several engaging series of family stories among her more than 35 titles, including “Gooney Bird Is So Absurd.”

As she continues to write for a new generation of readers, she says, “I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring more, and doing more, for one another."

Awards Won

Title Year
May Hill Arbuthnot May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award
The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lectureship is a unique collaboration between several groups of people—the committee, the chosen Lecturer, the ALSC staff and Board of Directors, and the host site coordinators. The result is an exciting opportunity to celebrate and add to the knowledge and scholarship in the field of children’s literature. Publication in Children & Libraries: The Journal of the

Association for Library Service to Children ensures the lecture will be a lasting contribution that is available to a broad audience.

2011 - Presenter(s)