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Natalie Babbitt Papers

Identifier: 1994-0001

Scope and Content

The Natalie Babbitt Papers include correspondence, reviews, publicity, manuscripts, and artwork concerning Ms. Babbitt and her career. The collection includes dummies, manuscripts, drafts, sketches, illustrations, galleys and proofs for sixteen published books, two unpublished stories and several short stories.


  • undated, 1906-2012


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Natalie Babbitt was born 28 July 1932, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Ralph Zane and Genevieve (Converse) Moore. She received her B.A. from Smith College in 1954. That same year she married Samuel Fisher Babbitt, who also collaborated with her on her first book, The 49th Magician. Ms. Babbitt is a member of the Authors Guild, Authors League of America, and PEN (American Center).

Ms. Babbitt has received the Children's Literature Festival Award, Keene State College, for the body of her work (1993) as well as the following for individual titles:

The Search for Delicious--Best Book for Children Ages Nine to Twelve citation, New York Times (1969).

Kneeknock Rise--American Library Association (ALA) Notable Book citation (1970) Newbery Honor Book citation (1971) and Horn Book Honor citation.

Goody Hall--Book World Children's Spring Book Festival Honor Book citation (1971), Children's Book Council Showcase title (1972), and School Library Journal Honor List citation.

The Devil's Storybook--ALA Notable Book citation (1974), School Library Journal Best Book of the Year citation (1974), Horn Book Honor List citation (1974), and National Book Award nomination (1974).

Tuck Everlasting--ALA Notable Book citation (1976), Horn Book Honor List citation (1976), Christopher Award for juvenile fiction (1976), International Reading Association choices list citation (1978), U.S. Honor Book citation (1978), and Congress of the International Board on Books for Young People citation (1978).

The Eyes of the Amaryllis--ALA Notable Book citation (1977).

Herbert Rowbarge--George C. Stone Center for Children's Books award (1979), Hans Christian Andersen Medal nomination (1981), Best Books citation, New York Times (1982).

Ouch!--Blue Ribbon Book, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (1998), ALA Notable Book citation (1999), and Audie Award (2001).


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Language of Materials



The papers of children's author and illustrator, Natalie Babbitt include correspondence, reviews, publicity, manuscripts, drafts, illustrations and finished artwork for sixteen books and several articles.


Series I: Published Books (undated, 1906-1991) arranged in chronological order by date of first publication includes sketches, drafts, dummies, original art, proofs, manuscripts and correspondence.

Series II: Published Articles and Short Stories (undated, 1971-1978) is arranged chronologically by publication date and includes some artwork with the manuscript materials for the stories.

Series III: Unpublished materials (circa 1953, circa 1963) contains the manuscripts and artwork for two unpublished stories.

Series IV: Subject Files (undated, 1953-1961) includes programs, publicity, correspondence and award information regarding Ms. Babbitt's work.

Series V: Artifacts (undated).

Acquisition Information

The collection was deposited in several installments by Ms. Babbitt.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to children's literature and associated artwork. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Separated Material

The photographs, books, textbooks, and periodicals have all been separated from the collection. The photographs are located in Box 28.

The following separated materials have been cataloged:


H. Thompson Fillmer. American book English. Dodd CLC C7240

Babbitt, Natalie. At the Edge of the World. Dodd CLC C3733

Huck, Charlotte S.Bright horizons : a collection. Dodd CLC A2369

Building Reading Skills Dodd CLC C6011

Sutherland, Zena. Children and books. Dodd CLC C3730

Children of the Alps. Dodd CLC A2184

Children's Books Mean Business. Dodd CLC C6010

The Children's Carol. Dodd CLC A2173

Children's Literature. Dodd C6585

The Children's Book Showcase. Dodd CLC C6013

Spyri, Johanna. The Children's Carol. Dodd Call No.

The Christopher Robin Birthday Book. Dodd CLC A2180

Matteoni, Louise. Daystreaming. Dodd CLC C3697

Spyri, Johanna. Dora. Dodd CLC A2186

Babbitt, Natalie. East of the Sun. Dodd CLC C3732

Chagnon, Peggy. Fights : Theme II : conflict : anthology 2. Dodd CLC C3729

Ruddell, Robert B.Free rein. Dodd CLC C3667

The Great Excluded Critical essays on Children's Literature Dodd Call No.

Green Salad Seasons. Dodd CLC C3697

Tudor, Tasha. Illustrated Mother Goose. Dodd CLC A2176

Innocence and Experience Essays and Conversations on Children's Literature. Dodd C6586

Gilkison, Grace. The King's Christmas Pudding. Dodd CLC A2174

Earl Schneider, editor. Know your pug. Dodd WSF 3

Language for Daily Use. Dodd C7238

Language Skills and use. Dodd C6849

Miller, Olive, ed. Little Pictures of Japan. Dodd C3665

Thurber, James. Many Moons. Dodd CLC C210

Spyri, Johanna. Mazle. Dodd CLC A2187

Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Monsters, Ghoulies and Creepy creatures. Dodd CLC C3668

Ruddell, Robert B. Moon magic. Dodd CLC C3731

Hopkins, Lee Bennett. More books by More people: Interviews with 65 authors of books for children. (inscribed to Natalie Babbitt from author) Dodd Call No.

Mother Goose's Rhymes and poems. Dodd CLC A2183

Price, Margaret Evans. Myths and Enchantment Tales. Dodd CLC C3541

Angel, Marie. New Bestiary. Dodd Call No.

Lipson, Eden Ross. The New York Times parent's guide to the best books for children. Dodd CLC C3734

Once upon a time: celebrating the Magic of Children's books in honor of the Twentieth Anniversary of Reading is fundamental. Dodd Call No.

Field, Rachel. People from Dickens. Dodd CLC C1070

Hoffman, Carolyn. The Princess finds a playmate. Dodd CLC A2172

Trelease, Jim. The Read aloud handbook. Dodd Call No.

Boots, Jack. Ready or not skills book. Dodd CLC C6012

Something about the Author. volume 6. Dodd Call No.

Stories from Shakespeare. (inscribed to Natalie Babbitt from 'Mother") Dodd CLC A2182

Daniels, Jack. Tales Told in Holland . Dodd C3516

Kirkpatrick, D. L., ed. Twentieth-century children's writers. Dodd Call No. C6545

Spyri, Johanna. Vinzi. (owned by Margery Titus, inscribed from her mother 1923). Dodd CLC A2185

Stetson, Judy. Wellfleet. A Pictorial History Dodd A9772

Clymer, Theodore. Windows and walls. Dodd CLC C3726

Field, Eugene. With Trumpet and Drum. Dodd CLC A2181

Varlejs, Jana. Young adult literature in the seventies : a selection of readings. Dodd CLC C3727


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. February 1989

Children's Digest. October 1967, March 1971, April 1975

Clinical Symposia. v. 26, #4, 1974

Cricket the magazine for Children. volume 1, #5 January 1974, volume 1, #6 February 1974, volume 1, #8, April 1974.

Compton's yearbook 1978.

Harper's. January 1977

The Horn Book Magazine. February 1972, March/April 1989

Journal of Reading. Volume 31 Number 1 October 1987

Language Arts. November / December 1977

Library Talk. March/April 1988

The Lion and the Unicorn, Fantasy and creativity in Children's literature. vol. 1 #2 fall 1977

The New Yorker. 28 December 1981

Okapi. 15-30 November 1974

Publishers Weekly. July 26, 1976 Volume 210 No 4

The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress. Volume 39, Number 2 Spring 1982

Redbook. December 1971

Review. July/August 1987

Saturday Review. November 9, 1968

Scholastic Sprint. Sept 16, 1983 Volume 9 No. 1, Spring November 1/15, 1985 Volume 11, No 4

School Library Journal. January 1971

Short Story International. Seedling series number 5. 1982

Something about the author v.5

Touchdown School magazine. 1986, 1990

Wintersetl. Spring, 1974

The Writer. June 1971

Highlights. November 1966

Jack Plank Tells Tales 1994-0001.cd1

General note

Published Works:

  • Samuel Fisher Babbitt, The Forty-ninth Magician, Pantheon, 1966. Dodd CLC
  • Natalie Babbitt, Dick Foote and the Shark, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1967. Dodd CLC
  • Natalie Babbitt, Phoebe's Revolt, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1968. Dodd CLC
  • Natalie Babbitt, The Search for Delicious, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1969. Dodd CLC
  • Natalie Babbitt, Kneeknock Rise, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1970. Dodd CLC
  • Natalie Babbitt, The Something, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1970. Dodd CLC
  • Natalie Babbitt, Goody Hall, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1971. Dodd CLC B463
  • Valerie Worth, Small Poems, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1972. Dodd CLC B496
  • Natalie Babbitt, The Devil's Story Book, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1974. Dodd CLC B229
  • Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1975. Dodd CLC
  • Valerie Worth, More Small Poems, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1976. Dodd CLC
  • Natalie Babbitt, The Eyes of the Amaryllis, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1977. Dodd CLC B484
  • Valerie Worth, Still More Small Poems, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1978. Dodd CLC
  • Valerie Worth, Curlicues: The Fortunes of Two Pug Dogs, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1980 [published as Imp and Biscuit: The Fortunes of Two Pugs, London, England: Chatto & Windus, 1981]. Dodd CLC
  • Natalie Babbitt, Herbert Rowbarge, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1982. Dodd CLC B493
  • Valerie Worth, Small Poems Again, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1985. Dodd CLC
  • Valerie Worth, Other Small Poems Again, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1986. Dodd CLC
  • Valerie Worth, All the Small Poems, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1987. Dodd CLC
  • Natalie Babbitt, The Devil's Other Storybook, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1987. Dodd CLC B494
  • Natalie Babbitt, Nellie: A Cat on Her Own, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1989. Dodd CLC
  • Valerie Worth, All the Small Poems and Fourteen More, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994. Dodd CLC
  • Natalie Babbitt, Bub; or, The Very Best Thing, HarperCollins, 1994. Dodd CLC
  • Babbitt, Natalie(Reteller), Ouch!: A Tale from Grimm,, illustrated by Fred Marcellino, Harper Collins, 1998. Dodd CLC
  • Natalie Babbitt, Elsie Times EightHyperion Books, 2001. Dodd CLC
  • Valerie Worth, Peacock and Other Poems, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002. Dodd CLC
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