Juanita Havill

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General Information

Name: Juanita Havill

Pen Name: None


Born: 1949 in Evansville, Indiana

Website: N/A

Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

Havill was raised in Mt. Carmel, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Havill is a children's picture book author best known for her Jamaica books. She was born in Evansville, Indiana and raised in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. She attended Université de Rouen, 1969-70 and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she graduated with her B.A. in 1971 and M.A. in 1973. She currently resides in Arizona.

Published Works

  • Jamaica's Find , Sandpiper, 1987
  • Jamaica Tag-Along , Sandpiper, 1990
  • I Love You More, Golden Books, 1995
  • Jamaica and Brianna , Sandpiper, 1996
  • Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher, Sandpiper, 2001
  • Jamaica's Blue Marker , Sandpiper, 2003
  • Eyes Like Willy's , HarperCollins, 2004
  • I Heard It from Alice Zucchini: Poems About the Garden , Chronicle Books , 2006
  • Grow, Peachtree Publishers , 2008
  • Brianna, Jamaica, and the Dance of Spring, Sandpiper, 2009
  • Just Like a Baby , Chronicle Books, 2009
  • Jamaica is Thankful, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009
  • Call the Horse Lucky, The Gryphon Press, 2010

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Jamaica's Find (Reading Rainbow)

ISBN: 0395453577
Release Date: 1987-09-21

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ISBN: 1561454419
Release Date: 2008-04-01

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Jamaica and Brianna

ISBN: 0395779391
Release Date: 1996-03-03

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Jamaica's Blue Marker

ISBN: 0618369171
Release Date: 2003-08-25

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Brianna, Jamaica, and the Dance of Spring

ISBN: 0547237685
Release Date: 2009-04-06

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Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher

ISBN: 0618152423
Release Date: 2001-09-24

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Jamaica is Thankful

ISBN: 0618982310
Release Date: 2009-10-19

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Just Like a Baby

ISBN: 0811850269
Release Date: 2009-02-25

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I Love You More(First Little Golden Book)

ISBN: 0307101770
Release Date: 1995-12-31

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Literary Awards

  • Child Study Children's Book Award, Jamaica's Find
  • Bank Street College, Jamaica's Find
  • Ezra Jack Keats New Writer award, Jamaica's Find
  • Children's Book of the Year award, Jamaica's Find
  • Children's Choices award, Jamaica's Find

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (No)

External Links

Juanita Havill on WorldCat

Juanita Havill on Amazon


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