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Tag Archives | Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

Mazer, Norma Fox

Norma Fox Mazer was born May 15, 1931. This prolific young adult author from Glen Falls, New York, began her career writing pulp fiction, 5,000 words each week for eight years. Both she and her novelist husband, Harry Mazer, did this to support their four children. “We learned so much during those years. How to […]

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Slobodkina, Esphyr

Esphyr Slobodkina was born on September 22, 1908 in Chelyabinsk, Siberia. She was named after Queen Esther, although it is pronounced es-fear in Russian. Her father was a manager for an oil company, but the Russian Revolution created an unstable and dangerous climate for this Jewish family. They moved to Vladivostok and then to Harbin, […]

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Holling, Holling C.

On August 2, 1900, Holling Clancy Holling was born in Jackson County, Michigan. Holling grew up to hold many different positions, all dealing with his love of art and nature. He worked at the Field Museum of National History in Chicago, IL in the taxidermy department. It was here he met his wife, Lucille Webster. He […]

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Gramatky, Hardie

Hardie Gramatky was born on April 12, 1907 in Dallas, Texas. His father died when he was young, and his mother moved the family to Los Angeles, California in search of work. While in school, one of Gramatky’s teachers suggested that he show his art work to the Los Angeles Times newspaper. Consequently, they hired […]

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Armstrong, William H.

Born on September 14, 1911, in the Shenandoah Valley near Lexington, Virginia, William H. Armstrong graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1936. He married Martha Williams in 1942—they were the parents of two boys and a girl. His wife died when their children were very young. He farmed in Connecticut near the Housatonic River, also learning […]

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Aiken, Joan

Joan Delano Aiken was born on September 4th, 1924, in Sussex, England, the daughter of American writer Conrad Aiken and Canadian writer Jessie McDonald Aiken. When Ms. Aiken was five years old, her mother divorced Conrad Aiken and later married another writer, Martin Armstrong. Joan Aiken’s sister, Jane Aiken Hodge is also a writer. Aiken […]

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Aardema, Verna

Born on June 6th, 1911, in New Era, Michigan, Verna Aardema received a BA degree from Michigan State University and then taught grade school in her home state until 1973. From 1951 to 1972, she was a staff correspondent for the Muskegon Chronicle. She knew she wanted to be a writer when she was 11 […]

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