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Tag Archives | children’s literature

Fisher, Dorothy Canfield

Dorothy Canfield Fisher was born Dorothea Frances Canfield on February 17, 1879, in Vermont. She was named after a character in Middlemarch. She was a prolific writer, publishing books for children and adults. Ms. Fisher received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in 1899 and a PhD from Columbia University in 1904. Throughout her […]

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Field, Rachel

Rachel Lyman Field, who was born on September 19, 1894, was a well-known author of popular children’s books during the 1920s and 1930s.. She grew up in New York City, was educated at Radcliffe. In 1929, she was the first woman to be awarded the John Newbery Medal for Hitty: Her First Hundred Years. Both […]

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Feelings, Tom

Tom Feelings, born on May 19, 1933, was a native of Brooklyn, NY. He attended the School of Visual Arts for two years before joining the Air Force, working as a staff artist. He then worked as a freelance artist, published in Look magazine, traveled to Ghana to work for the African Review, and returned […]

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Farley, Walter

In 1940, an editor told him, “Don’t figure on making any money writing children’s books.” Walter Farley disagreed. He wrote The Black Stallion (Random House) as a high school student in Brooklyn, New York. The book was published when he was 26, while he attended Columbia University. Born on June 26th in Syracuse, New York, […]

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Farjeon, Eleanor

Eleanor Farjeon was born on February 13th, 1881, in London. She wrote lyrics and her brother Harry wrote the music for songs they performed in London. She published her first magazine story, “The Cardboard Angel,” in Hutchinson’s at the age of nineteen. She was a regular contributor to Punch from 1914-17, wrote verse as “Tomfool” for the […]

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Ness, Evaline

Evaline Ness was born on April 24, 1911 in Union City, Ohio. She studied at Ball State Teachers College before deciding to pursue a career in art. She married Elliot Ness, well-known member of the FBI (and the inspiration for The Untouchables), in 1938 and moved to Washington, D.C. She continued her studies at Corcoran […]

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Nesbit, Edith

Edith Nesbit was a trailblazer. Born on August 15, 1858, she wrote in the midst of the Victorian conventions of preaching to children through their books. Instead of preaching, E. Nesbit wrote to children as her equals because, “When I was a little child I used to pray fervently, tearfully, that when I should be […]

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du Bois, William Pène

Born on May 9 in Nutley, New Jersey, William Pène Sherman du Bois, would become one of America’s most beloved children’s book illustrators and authors. His family had been involved in the arts for generations. When Pène du Bois was eight, his family moved to Paris, where they lived for the next six years. Here, […]

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Dodge, Mary Mapes

Born in Newark, New Jersey, on January 26, 1831, Mary Mapes Dodge was the most famous children’s book author of her time. Her father, James Jay Mapes, was a scientist who traveled in prominent social circles—Mapes Avenue in Newark was named after him. Married at 20 to lawyer William Dodge, the couple had two children. […]

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de Regniers, Beatrice Schenk

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers was born in Lafayette, Indiana. She studied social work administration at the University of Chicago and earned her M.Ed. in 1941 from Winnetka Graduate Teachers’ College. After doing social work for several years, she was sent to the Sinai Peninsula to a Yugoslav refugee camp, constructing a kindergarten and teaching American folk […]

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