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The Island of the Blue Dolphins
The Island of the Blue Dolphins, original

Hardcover, original


The Island of the Blue Dolphins

1990 Illustrated Editiion


The Island of the Blue Dolphins

Paperback, 1995


50th Anniversary Edition, The Island of the Blue Dolphins

50th Anniversary Edition

New Forward By

Lois Lowry



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Gift Edition









The Island of the Blue Dolphins

Celebrating 50 Years in 2010


The original work, The Island of the Blue Dolphins, was published in 1960 by Houghton Mifflin. (See top cover artwork.)  To purchase the hardcover editiion, click here. The Spanish edition is also available. Para Comprar La Isla de los Defines Azules, marca aqui.

The illustrated edition (see second book in list to the left) was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1990. To purchase the 1990 illustrated edition, click here

NEW! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has published a NEW PAPERBACK GIFT EDITION for the 50th Anniversary. (See the last book on the left!) You can get it here.

A paperback edition was published by Dell Yearling. (See third book in list to the left.) To purchase the paperback edition, click here. To purchase the Laurel Leaf Paperback Edition, click here.

In 1995, when the new edition paperback was published, The Island of the Blue Dolphins became available on digital audio by Playaway.  Narrated by Tantoo Cardinal, this audio version is sure to delight any listener. For your own copy, click here. This version is also available on CD Rom from

Island of the Blue Dolphins is also available on audio tape in two different versions:

Unabridged, Narrated by Christina Moore, 3 audiocassettes by Recorded Books, 1992

Unabridged, Narrated by Tantoo Cardinal, 3 audiocassettes by Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, 1995. To purchase this cassette now, click here.


A story of survival, based upon the true story of a girl who was left upon an island near the coast of Southern California. She lived there for 18 years, alone. While she waited for rescue, she kept herself alive by building shelter, finding food, and fighting her enemies--the wild dogs.

Island of the Blue Dolphins was released as a major motion picture in 1964. The film starred Celia Kaye, Larry Domasin, Ann Daniel, and George Kennedy. A Universal Picture. A Robert D. Radnitz production, directed by James B. Clark. This filmed version is available on videotape. To purchase this VHS tape now, click here.


From the Reviews

"Occasionally we rejoice to find a book not written to fulfill any need or with any audience in mind, but simply because the subject has seized the author's imagination and he had to write it. These are usually books that quietly take hold of us and make our lives richer for having read them. Such is Island of the Blue Dolphins." - New York Herald Tribune

 "This extraordinary book ... has the timeless, enduring quality of a classic."  - The Chicago Sunday Tribune

 "... a haunting and unusual story."  - Library Journal

 "A novel of the highest excellence." - The Times (London)

 The Island of the Blue Dolphins' Awards

  • John Newbery Medal. 1961
  • Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. 1961
  • Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People Notable Book. 1961
  • Pomona Friends of the Library. 1961
  • International Board on Books for Young People Honor List. 1962
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award. 1963
  • Federal Republic of Germany Jugendbuchpreis. 1963
  • Rupert Hughes Award.
  • Nene Award. 1964
  • George C. Stone Center for Children's Books. 1971
  • Children's Literature Association: "10 Best American Children's Books of the Past 200 Years." 1976
  • Omar's Book Award. 1985
  • School Library Journal, Books That Shaped The Century. 2000
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