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Betsy Byars

Born: Aug 7, 1928

Birthplace: Charlotte

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Betsy Byars

Date of Birth : Aug 7, 1928
Birth Place : Charlotte

Betsy Cromer Byars is an American author of children's books. Her novel Summer of the Swans won the 1971 Newbery Medal. She has also received a National Book Award in category Children's Fiction for The Night Swimmers and an Edgar Award for Wanted ... Mud Blossom. Byars has been called "one of the ten best writers for children in the world" by Nancy Chambers, editor of the British literary journal Signal, and in 1987 Byars received the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement from the Catholic Library Association. Due to the popularity of her books with children, she has also been listed as one of the Educational Paperback Association's top 100 authors.


  • Writer
  • Author
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • Betsy Cromer
  • Betsy Cromer Byars

Awards Won

  • John Newbery Medal
  • Edgar Award for Best Juvenile
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children''s Book Award
  • Regina Medal
  • National Book Award for Children’s Books (Fiction, Hardcover)
  • Newbery Medal
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