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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Betsy Hearne  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction - Children Poetry

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1942 in Wilsonville, Alabama

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Illinois Connection

Hearne studied children's literature and folklore, got a Ph. D. at the University of Chicago's Graduate Library School, and became a professor. She lives in Urbana, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Betsy Hearne is former Director of The Center for Children's Books and a professor emerita in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she taught children's literature and storytelling for many years.She is the author of numerous articles and books, including ''Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide'', the folktale anthology ''Beauties and Beasts'', fiction for both children and young adults, and picture books—one of which, ''Seven Brave Women'', won the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. The former children's book editor of Booklist and of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, she has reviewed books for almost forty years and contributes regularly to ''The Horn Book Magazine''.Hearne has been president of the United States chapter of the International Board on Books for Young People, and chair of the American Library Association’s Caldecott Award Committee. She received a National Teaching Award from the Association of Library and Information Science Education; the 2009 Anne Devereaux Jordan Award from the Children’s Literature Association; and from the University of Illinois, a University Scholar Award and a Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award.

Selected Titles At Your Library

South star /
ISBN: 0689500912. OCLC Number:

Atheneum,. New York :. 1977.

A young giant girl is chased from her ancestral home by the "Screamer."

Home /
ISBN: 0689501145. OCLC Number:

Atheneum,. New York :. 1979.

Megan and Randall's adventuresome and dangerous search for the lost king Brendan takes them to a strange land inhabited by lion-like men.

Choosing books for children :
ISBN: 0252069285. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana, Ill. :. 2000, ©1999.

Offers advice on how to choose books for children, and features essays about various genres of children's books, each followed by an annotated bibliography of recommended titles.

Eli's ghost /
ISBN: 0689504209. OCLC Number:

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. New York :. ©1987.

Eli searches for the mother he'd long assumed dead in a huge swamp where he is sustained by the ghosts of friends from earlier days and where a brush with death causes his own ghost to leave his body and get into all the mischief Eli never has.

Polaroid and other poems of view /
ISBN: 0689505302. OCLC Number:

M.K. McElderry Books ;. New York :. ©1991.

A collection of forty-six of the author's poems on such topics as city sights, insights, and relationships.

Eliza's dog /
ISBN: 068980704X. OCLC Number:

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. New York :. ©1996.

Nine-year-old Eliza's vacation in Ireland and England is complicated when she acquires a bouncy sheepdog named Panda.

Seven brave women /
ISBN: 0060799218. OCLC Number:

Greenwillow Books,. New York :. ©1997.

A young girl recounts the brave exploits of her female ancestors, including her great-great-great grandmother who came to America in a wooden sailboat.

Who's in the hall? :
ISBN: 0688162614. OCLC Number:

Greenwillow Books,. New York :. 2000.

Three children, two babysitters, two dogs, a rat, and a janitor finally get together and put an end to some confusion.

The Canine Connection
ISBN: 1416968172. OCLC Number:

Simon Pulse. . 2007.


Jane Addams Children's Book Award and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book for

Seven Brave Women

Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award Best Children's Book Award Anne Izard Award Parents Choice Award Carl Sandburg Award Anne Devereaux Jordan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Literature from Childrens Literature Association in 2009

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