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Tag Archives | Newbery Medal

Meigs, Cornelia

Cornelia Meigs was born on December 6, 1884, in Rock Island, Illinois. When she was one month old, her family moved to Keokuk, Iowa, where her father was a civil engineer for several projects on the Mississippi River. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1907, then returned to Iowa, where she taught at St. […]

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Yates, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Yates was born in New York State on December 6, 1905. Determined to be an author, she moved to New York City to launch her career. She worked a variety of jobs including reviewing books, writing short stories, and doing research. She moved to England with her husband and wrote her first book, High Holiday, […]

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van Loon, Hendrick Willem

Hendrik Willem van Loon was born on January 14th in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 1882. He came to the United States in 1902. Van Loon was a newspaper correspondent in Russia during the revolution of 1905, in several European countries in 1906, and also during World War I. During World War II he wrote and […]

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Tresselt, Alvin

Born in Passaic, New Jersey on September 30, 1916, Alvin Tresselt was a pioneer in children’s books. With his poetic prose style, he created the “mood” picture book, which relied not on plot and character but on setting and description. Many of his books were popular with teachers who wished to teach about the environment. […]

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Sperry, Armstrong

Armstrong Sperry, author and illustrator of more than 25 books, was born on November 7th, 1897 in New Haven, Connecticut, and received his first academic training at Yale School of Art. Sperry received the Newbery Medal in 1941 for Call It Courage, a story based on a legend of the South Seas. Mafatu, the son […]

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Speare, Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George Speare was born on November 21, 1908 in Melrose, Massachusetts. Young Elizabeth loved to read, spending long summers devouring books and dreaming about the characters she met there and her own made-up stories. She went to Smith College and Boston University, teaching high school English in Massachusetts after graduate school. She married Alden […]

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Krumgold, Joseph

Joseph Krumgold was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on April 9, 1908. His father operated movie theaters and Joseph was bitten early by the Hollywood bug. Krumgold, a prolific filmwriter, producer, and director, was hired by the US State Department to make a movie about a rural Hispanic family in America to be shown […]

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Karl, Jean

Born on July 29, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, Jean E. Karl was a legendary children’s book editor and author. She began her career at Scott, Foresman & Company working with the Dick and Jane readers, then moved to Abingdon Press as their children’s book editor. In 1961, she was asked to start the Children’s Book […]

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Hunt, Irene

May 18, 1907, Irene Hunt came into this world, born to Sarah and Franklin Hunt. At the age of seven, Irene’s father died. Shortly afterward she and her mother moved to live with her grandparents on a farm in Illinois. Irene grew to be very close to her Grandfather and loved to listen to the […]

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Gray, Elizabeth Janet

  Elizabeth Gray Vining was born October 6, 1902, in Philadelphia. She published her first article in Young Churchman when she was seventeen. Vining graduated from Bryn Mawr College. In 1926, she graduated from Drexel University with a degree in library science. She wrote Adam of the Road under the name Elizabeth Janet Gray, and […]

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