Awards & Winners

James Lincoln Collier

Date of Birth 27-June-1928
Place of Birth New York City
(New York, United States of America, Area code 917)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as James Collier, James L. Collier
Profession Writer, Journalist, Author
James Lincoln Collier is a journalist, author, and professional musician. Collier was born to Edmund Collier and Katherine Brown. He came from a family of writers and teachers, including his father and several aunts and uncles. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1950. A journalist with thirty years of experience, Collier worked with his brother, Christopher Collier, to create works of historical fiction designed to be fun and educational for children. Christopher Collier was a history professor and gave James historical information so that he could write the stories. Their historical novel Jump Ship to Freedom has been frequently challenged and removed from libraries because of the use of the word "nigger" by characters in the book. Collier's notable literary works include My Brother Sam Is Dead, a Newbery Honor book that was also named an American Library Association Notable Children's Book and nominated for a National Book Award in 1975. He also wrote a children's book titled The Empty Mirror, The Teddy Bear Habit, about an insecure boy whose beatnik guitar teacher turns out to be a crook, and Rich and Famous, sequel to The Teddy Bear Habit. His list of children's books also includes Chipper, about a young boy in a gang. His writings for adults include numerous books on jazz, including biographies of Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. He has also contributed entries on jazz-related subjects to the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

Awards by James Lincoln Collier

Check all the awards nominated and won by James Lincoln Collier.


Nominations 1980 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
National Book Award for History (Paperback) The Making of Jazz: A Comprehensive History


John Newbery Medal
Honored for : My Brother Sam Is Dead

Nominations 1975 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Jane Addams Children's Book Award My Brother Sam Is Dead
John Newbery Medal My Brother Sam Is Dead
National Book Award for Children's Books My Brother Sam Is Dead