Kay E. Vandergrift

Young readers are often curious about the lives of the authors and illustrators who create the books they read. Biographies and autobiographies of these creative people can not only enhance interest in the books they have created but also encourage young people to engage in creative activities themselves.

Alagna, Magdalena. Anne Frank: Young Voice of the Holocaust. New York: Rosen, 2001.

Andronik, Catherine M. Kindred Spirit: A Biography of L.M. Montgomery, Creator of Anne of Green Gables. New York: Atheneum, 1993.

Blos, Joan W. The Days Before Now: An Autobiographical Note by Margaret Wise Brown. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.

Boekhoff, P.M. & Kallen, Stuart. Dr. Seuss. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2002.

Boston, Lucy M. Perverse and Foolish: A Memoir of Childhood and Youth. New York: Atheneum, 1979.

Bauer, Marion Dane. A Writer's Story: From Life to Fiction. New York, NY: Clarion, 1995.

Bawden, Nina. In My Own Time: Almost an Autobiography. New York: Clarion, 1995.

Blashfield, Jean. Toni Morrison. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House, 2001.

Bober, Natalie. A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost. New York: Henry Holt, 1998.

Bruce, Harry. Maud: The Life of L.M. Montgomery. New York: Seal Bantam, 1992.

Buchan, Elizabeth. Beatrix Potter: The Story of the Creator of Peter Rabbit. New York: F. Warne, 1998.

Bunting, Eve. Once Upon a Time. Katonah, NY: R.C. Owen, 1995.

Byers, Betsy. In My Own Words: The Moon and I. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Julian Messner, 1992.

Campbell, Patricia J. Presenting Robert Cormier. Boston, MA; Twayne, 1985.

Carle, Eric. Flora and Tiger: 19 Very Short Stories from my Life. New York: Philomel, 1997.

Carle, Eric. The Art of Eric Carle. New York: Philomel, 1996.

Carpenter, Angelica Shirley, and Jean Shirley. Frances Hodgson Burnett: Beyond the Secret Garden. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner, 1990.

Carpenter, Angelica Shirley, and Jean Shirley. L. Frank Baum: Royal Historian of Oz. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner, 1992.

Cary, Alice. Katherine Paterson. Santa Barbara, CA: Learning Works, 1997.

Cary, Alice. Jean Craighead George. Santa Barbara, CA: Learning Works, 1996.

Cherry, Lynne. Making a Difference in the World. Katonah, NY: Richard Owen, 2000.

Chippendale, Lisa. Triumph of the Imagination: The Story of Writer J.K. Rowling. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House, 2002.

Chisholm, Anne. Rumer Godden: A Storyteller's Life. New York: Greenwillow, 1998.

Cleary, Beverly. A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir. New York: Morrow, 1988.

Cleary, Beverly. My Own Two Feet: A Memoir. New York: Morrow, 1995.

Coatsworth, Elizabeth. Personal Geography: Almost an Autobiography. Brattleboro, VT: Stephen Greene Press, 1976.

Cohen, Joel. R.L. Stine. Farmington Hills, MI: Lucent, 2000.

Cole, Joanna and Wendy Saul. On the Bus with Joanna Cole: A Creative Autobiography. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1996.

Collins, David. Write a Book for Me: The Story of Marguerite Henry. Greesnboro, NC: Morgan Reynolds, 1999.

Cook, Judy. Natural Writer: A Story about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 2001.

Cooper, Floyd. Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes. East Rutherford, NJ: Penguin Putnam, 1994.

Coren, Michael. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created the Lord of the Rings. New York: Scholastic, 2001.

Cuffie, Terrasita. Maya Angelou. Farmington Hill, MI: Lucent, 1999.

Cummings, Pat. Talking With Artists. Volume I. New York: Bradbury, 1991.

Cummings, Pat. Talking With Artists. Volume II. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

Daniel, Susanna.   Karen Cushman.  Rosen Central, 2005.

Dahl, Roald. Boy. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1984.

Daly, Jay. Presenting S.E. Hinton. Boston, MA: G.K. Hall, 1987.

De Paola, Tomie. On My Way. New York: Putnam. 2001.

De Paola, Tomie. Here We All Are. New York: Putnam, 2000.

De Paola, Tomie. 26 Fairmont Avenue. New York: Puffin, 1999.

Duncan, Lois. Chapters: My Growth As a Writer. Boston, MA: Little Brown, 1982.

Ellsworth, Mary. Gertrude Chandler Warren and the Boxcar Children. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman, 1997.

Engel, Dean and Florence B. Freedman. Ezra Jack Keats: A Biography with Illustrations. New York: Silver Moon Press, 1995.

Ehrlich, Amy. Ed. When I Was Your Age: Original Stories About Growing Up. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 1996.

Fine, Edith. Gary Paulsen: Author and Wilderness Adventurer. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow.

Fish, Bruce. Terry McMillan. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House, 2002.

Fleischman, Sid. The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life. New York: Greenwillow, 1996.

Forman, Michael. War Boy: A Country Childhood. New York: Arcade Books, 1989.

Fritz, Jean. Surprising Myself. Photos by Andrea Fritz Pfleger. Katonah, NY: Owen, 1992.

George, Jean Craighead. The Tarantula in my Purse: and 172 Other Wild Pets. New York: HarperCollins, 1996.

Gentry, Tony. Alice Walker. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House, 1998.

Gherman, Beverly. Robert Louis Stevenson: Teller of Tales. New York: Atheneum, 1996.

Greenfield, Eloise and Lessie Jones Little. Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir. New York: Harper, 1979.

Goble, Paul. Hau Kola Hello Friend. Photos by Gerry Perrin. Katonah, NY: Owen, 1994.

Haskins, Jim. Toni Morrison: The Magic of Words. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 2001.

Hill, Christine. Langston Hughes: Poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 1997.

Hipple, Ted. Presenting Sue Ellen Bridgers. Boston, MA: Twayne, 1990.

Holtze, Sally Holmes. Presenting Norma Fox Mazer. Boston, MA: Twayne, 1987.

Hopkins, Lee Bennett. The Writing Bug. Photos by Diane Rubinger. Katonah, NY: Owen, 1993.

Howe, James. Playing With Words. Photos by Michael Craine. Katonah, NY: Owen, 1994.

Hurwitz, Johanna. Astrid Lindgren: Storyteller to the World. New York: Viking Kestral, 1989.

Hyman, Trina Schart. Self-Portrait: Trina Schart Hyman. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1981.

Johnston, Norma. Louisa May: The World and Works of Louisa May Alcott. New York: Four Winds, 1992.

Jordon, Denise. Walter Dean Myers: Writer for Real Teens. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 1999.

Josephson, Judith. Nikki Giovanni: Poet of the People. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2000.

Kerr, M.E. Me, Me, Me, Me, Me: Not a Novel. New York: Harper & Row, 1983.

Kramer, Barbara. Toni Morrison: Nobel Prize Winning Author. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 1996.

Lasky, Kathryn. A Brilliant Streak: The Making of Mark Twain. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1998.

Lazo, Caroline Evensen. Alice Walker: Freedom Writer. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner, 2000.

L'Engle, Madeleine. Madeleine L'Engle Herself: Reflections on a Writing Life. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook, 2001.

L'Engle, Madeleine. My Own Small Place: Developing the Writing Life. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook, 1998.

Lester, Helen. Author: A True Story. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

Levine, Stuart. Dr. Seuss. Farmington Hill, MI: Lucent, 2001.

Lisandrelli, Elaine. Maya Angelou: More than a Poet. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 1996.

Lobel, Anita. No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War. New York: Greenwillow, 1998.

Lowry, Lois. Looking Back: A Book of Memories. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.

MacDonald, Ruth K. Dr. Seuss. Boston, MA: Twayne, 1988.

MacLeod, Elizabeth. Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer's Life. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press, 2001.

Mahy, Margaret. My Mysterious World. Katonah, NY: R.C. Owens, 1995.

Marciano, John. Bemelmans: The Life and Art of Madeline's Creator. New York: Viking, 1999.

Marcus, Leonard S. Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon. Boston, MA: Beacon, 1992.

Markham, Lois. Avi. Santa Barbara, CA: Learning Works, 1996.

Markham, Lois. Lois Lowry. Santa Barbara, CA: Learning Works, 1995.

Martin, Rafe. A Storyteller's Story. Photos by Jill Krementz. Katonah, NY: Owen, 1992.

McCaffrey, Todd. Dragonholder. New York: Ballantine, 1999.

McElroy, Lisa. Meet my Grandmother: She's a Children's Book Author. Brookfield,CT: Millbrook, 2001. (About Vicki Cobb)

McKissack, Pat. Young, Black, and Determined: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry. New York: Holiday House, 1998.

McKissack, Pat. Can You Imagine? Katonah, NY: Richard C. Owen, 1997.

McPhail, David. In Flight with David McPhail: A Creative Autobiography. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1996.

Meltzer, Milton. Carl Sandburg: A Biography. Brookfirld, CN: 21st Century Books, 1999.

Meltzer, Milton. Langston Hughes: An Illustrated Edition. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 1997.

Meltzer, Milton. Starting from Home: A Writer's Beginnings. New York: Viking, 1988.

Middleton, Haydn. Roald Dahl: An Unauthorized Biography. Des Plaines, Il: Heinemann, 1999.

Myers, Walter Dean. Bad Boy: A Memoir. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.

Neimark, Anne E. Myth Maker: J.R.R. Tolkien. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace, 1996.

Nesbit, E. Long Ago When I Was Young. Illus. by Edward Ardizzone and George Buchanan. New York: Dial, 1987.

Nilsen, Alleen Pace. Presenting M.E. Kerr. Boston, MA: G.K. Hall, 1986.

Norris, Jerrie. Presenting Rosa Guy. Boston. MA: Twayne, 1988.

Pascal, Janet. Arthur Conan Doyle: Beyond Baker Street. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Paulsen, Gary. Guts: The True Stories Behind the Hatchet and Brian Books. New York: Delacorte, 2001.

Paulsen, Gary. My Life in Dog Years. New York: Delacorter, 1998.

Paulsen, Gary. Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers: Reflections on Being Raised by a Pack of Sled Dogs. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace, 1996.

Paulsen, Gary. Woodsong. New York: Bradbury, 1990.

Peck, Richard. Anonymously Yours: A Memoir by the Author of Ghosts I Have Been. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Julian Messner, 1991.

Peet, Bill. Bill Peet: An Autobiography. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1989.

Peters, Stephanie. Gary Paulsen. Santa Barbara, CA: Leaning Works, 1999.

Polacco, Patricia. Betty Doll. New York: Philomel, 2001.

Polacco, Patricia. Firetalking. Photos by Lawrence Migdale. Katonah, NY: Owen, 1994.

Pressler, Mirjam. Anne Frank: A Hidden Life. New York: Dutton, 1999.

Raatma, Lucia. Laura Ingalls Wilder: Teacher and Writer. Chicago, IL: 2001.

Rhodes, Lisa Renee. Toni Morrison: A Great American Writer. New York: Franklin Watts, 2001.

Ringgold, Faith. We Flew Over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold. Boston, MA: Little Brown, 1995.

Ringgold, Faith, Linda Freeman and Nancy Roucher. Talking to Faith Ringgold. New York: Crown, 1996.

Rylant, Cynthia. Best Wishes. Photos by Carlo Ontal. Katonah, NY: Owen, 1992.

Rylant, Cynthia. But I'll Be Back Again. New York: Orchard Books, 1989.

Rylant, Cynthia. Margaret, Frank, and Andy: Three Writer's Stories . San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1996.

Say, Allen. The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.

Schmidt, Gary D. Robert McCloskey. Boston, MA: Twayne, 1990.

Sellers, Jane. Charlotte Bronte. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Shannon, George. Arnold Lobel. Boston, MA: Twayne, 1989.

Shapiro, Marc.   J.K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.

Shavick, Andrea. Roald Dahl: The Champion Storyteller. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Shields, Charles. Amy Tan. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House, 2002.

Stine, R.L. It Came from Ohio: My Life as a Writer. New York: Scholastic, 1997.

Streissguth, Thomas. Edgar Allan Poe. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner, 2001.

Streissguth, Thomas. Jack London. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner, 2001.

Sutcliff, Rosemary. Blue Remembered Hills: A Recollection. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1983.

Tilton, Rafael. Edgar Allan Poe. Farmington Hills, MI: Lucent, 2001.

Toby, Marlene. A.A. Milne, Author of Winnie-the-Pooh. Chicago, IL: Children's Press, 1995.

Trachtenberg, Martha. Anne McCaffrey: Science Fiction Storyteller. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2001.

Tudor, Tasha and Richard Brown. The Private World of Tasha Tudor. Boston, MA: Little Brown, 1992.

Tudor, Bethany. Drawn From New England: Tasha Tudor. Cleveland, OH: William Collins, 1979.

Turner, Robyn Montana. Faith Ringgold. Boston, MA: Little Brown, 1993.

Wade, Mary Dodson. Homesteading of the Plains: Daily Life in the Land of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Brookfield, Ct: Millbrook, 1997.

Walker, Alice. Langston Hughes, American Poet. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2001.

Walker, Pamela. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Danbury, CT: Children's Press, 2001.

Walkovits, John. Anne Frank. Farmington Hills, MN: Lucent, 1998.

Ward, Stasia. Meet Shel Silverstein. New York: Rosen, 2001.

Ward, Stasia. Meet A. A. Milne. New York: Powerkids Press, 2000.

Weidt, Maryann. Presenting Judy Blume. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan, 1989.

Weil, Ann. Michael Dorris. Austin, TX: Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1997.

Wheeler, Jill. Judith Viorst. Edina, MN: ABDO, 1997.

Wheeler, Jill. L. Frank Baum. Edina, MN: ABDO, 1997

Wheeler, Jill. Lloyd Alexander. Edina, MN: ABDO, 1997.

Wheeler, Jill. Peggy Parish. Edina, MN: ABDO, 1997.

Wheeler, Jill. Virginia Hamilton. Edina, MN: ABDO, 1997.

Wheeler, Jill. Judy Blume. Edina, MN: ABDO, 1996.

Wilkerson, J.L. Scribe of the Great Plains: Mari Sandoz. Kansas City, MO: Acorn Books, 1998.

Woodhouse, Jayne. Beatrix Potter. Des Plaines, IL: Heineman, 1999.

Yep, Laurence. In My Own Words: The Lost Garden. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Julian Messner, 1991.

Yolen, Jane. A Letter from Phoenix Farm. Photos by Jason Stemple. Katonah, NY: Owen, 1992.

Zindel, Paul. The Pigman & Me. New York: Charlotte Zolotow, 1991.

You may find it useful to visit my author page that has a number of links to individual authors.

Readers will find the following article of great use in building the science and math sections through the addition of materials on outstanding women. See: Nobles, Connie H and Shirley B. McDonald. "Equity Under the Microscope: Forgotten Women in Math & Science," School Library Journal. Vol. 42 (January 1996): 28-31.


Created January31, 1996 and is continuously revised