Valiska Gregory

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General Information

Name: Valiska Gregory

Pen Name: None

Born: 1940 in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Gregory was born and raised in Chicago. She also received her Masters degree from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gregory is an award winning poet and children's book author. She has taught every grade from kindergarten through seniors in college, including courses ranging from music and drama at the elementary level to American literature and poetry at college level.

Gregory is a member of the Author's Guild, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and on the Board of Directors of the National Children's Film Festival.

Published Works

  • Sunny Side Up, McMillan Publishing Co., 1986
  • Riddle Soup, Simon & Schuster, 1987
  • The Oatmeal Cookie Giant, Simon & Schuster, 1987
  • Through the Mickle Woods, Little Brown, 1992
  • Happy Burpday, Maggie McDougal, Little, Brown and Company, 1992
  • Terribly Wonderful, Macmillan Publishing, 1992
  • Babysitting for Benjamin, Simon & Schuster, 1993
  • Kate`s Giants, Candlewick, 1995
  • Looking for Angels, Simon & Schuster, 1996
  • When Stories Fell Like Shooting Stars, Simon & Schuster, 1996
  • A Valentine for Norman Noggs, Harper Collins, 1999
  • Shirley`s Wonderful Baby, Harper Collins, 2003
  • The Mystery of Grindlecat, Emmis Books, 2003

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Sunny side up (A Mr. Poggle and Scamp book)

ISBN: 0027380602
Release Date: 1986

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Riddle Soup (A Mr. Poggle and Scamp Book)

ISBN: 0027380904
Release Date: 1988-01

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The Oatmeal Cookie Giant (A Mr Poggle and Scamp Book)

ISBN: 002738070X
Release Date: 1987-10

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Through the Mickle Woods

ISBN: 0316327794
Release Date: 1992-09

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Happy Burpday, Maggie McDougal (Springboard Book)

ISBN: 0316327778
Release Date: 1992-05

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Kate's Giants

ISBN: 061302902X
Release Date: 1997-06

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Looking for Angels

ISBN: 0689805004
Release Date: 1996-04-01

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When Stories Fell Like Shooting Stars

ISBN: 0689800126
Release Date: 1996-10-01

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Shirley's Wonderful Baby

ISBN: 0060285745
Release Date: 2002-09-17

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The Mystery of the Grindlecat

ISBN: 1578601428
Release Date: 2003-10-01

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Literary Awards

Illinois Wesleyan University Poetry Award, 1982; Billee Murray Denny National Poetry Award honorable mention, 1982; Hudelson Award for Children's Fiction Work-in-Progress, 1982; Parents' Choice Award, 1992, for Through the Mickle Woods; American Booksellers Association Pick of the List, 1992, for Through the Mickle Woods, and 1995, for Looking for Angels; Best Book Gold Award, Oppenheim Institute, for Shirley's Wonderful Baby.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

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External Links

Valiska Gregory on WorldCat

Valiska Gregory on Amazon


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