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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Valiska Gregory  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;

Born: 1940 in Chicago, Illinois

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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.


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.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

A valentine for Norman Noggs
ISBN: 0439130522. OCLC Number: 43887320

Scholastic,. .

Hamster Norman Noggs hopes to impress the new girl in school on Valentine's Day but worries because he is not the biggest or the strongest in the class.

Babysitting for Benjamin /
ISBN: 0316327859. OCLC Number: 26054126

Little, Brown,. .

An elderly couple's well-ordered house is turned upside down when they agree to babysit a messy toddler.

Happy burpday, Maggie McDougal! /
ISBN: 0316327778. OCLC Number: 24174533

Little, Brown,. .

Having no money and seeing her best friend's birthday approaching, Maggie creates a package of homemade and recycled items, hoping Bonkers will not be disappointed when he realizes his present is second-hand.

Kate's giants
ISBN: 061302902X. OCLC Number: 32088493

Candlewick Press. .

Kate's giants
ISBN: 0763601519. OCLC Number: 37761037

Candlewick Press,. .

Kate is frightened that things like giants might sneak through the attic door into her new room, until she learns that what she can think up she can think out too.

Looking for angels /
ISBN: 0689805004. OCLC Number: 31010914

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

Sarah's grandfather shows her how to look for the sleeping sun, jewels in the garden, a circus outside the window, and angels.

Riddle soup /
ISBN: 0027380904. OCLC Number: 15366830

Four Winds Press,. .

When Scamp complains they never have interesting suppers, Mr. Poggle decides to make Riddle soup. Recipe is included at the end of the story.

Shirley's wonderful baby /
ISBN: 0060285745. OCLC Number: 51212150

HarperCollins,. .

Shirley doesn't share her family's sentiment that their new baby is wonderful until Ms. Mump, the babysitter, comes to visit.

Sunny side up /
ISBN: 0027380602. OCLC Number: 12810001

Four Winds Press,. .

Scamp helps Mr. Poggle make breakfast and learns that even broken eggs and burnt toast have a sunny side.

Terribly wonderful /
ISBN: 0027381102. OCLC Number: 12807733

Four Winds Press,. .

When Scamp loses his voice, Mr. Poggle prescribes plenty of sunlight, books, and warm blankets to make him feel better.

The mystery of the grindlecat /
ISBN: 1578601428. OCLC Number: 53181113

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John, Hannah and little Emily thought that the Haunted House was the most wonderfully spooky place of all on Halloween. But, there was something very familiar about that spooky Grindlecat. Something, maybe even, friendly.

The Oatmeal Cookie Giant /
ISBN: 002738070X. OCLC Number: 15366831

Four Winds Press,. .

Young Scamp does not expect to enjoy his visit to his stodgy old uncle, until Uncle Thorny begins to reminisce about his own youth.

Through the mickle woods /
ISBN: 0316327794. OCLC Number: 24431075

Little, Brown,. .

After his wife's death a grieving king journeys to an old bear's cave in the mickle woods, where he hears three stories that help him go on living.

When stories fell like shooting stars /
ISBN: 0689800126. OCLC Number: 32347622

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

When Fox sees the sun fall from the sky, his selfish actions set in motion a series of events that lead to war, but when Bear finds the fallen moon, he gets the other animals to work together to return the moon to where it belongs.