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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Catherine Woolley  

Pen Name: Jane Thayer

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1904 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Catherine Woolley on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=catherine+woolley


Illinois Connection

Born in Chicago, Ms. Woolley grew up in Passaic, N. J. , then attended Barnard College and the University of California, Los Angeles, earning her bachelor's degree from U. C. L. A. in 1927

Biographical and Professional Information

Catherine wrote 86 books for children, many of which (The Blueberry Pie Elf and The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy for Christmas) have become classics. She was so prolific that her editor suggested she publish some of her works under a pen name. Thus, Catherine authored picture books under the name of Jane Thayer, while writing books for older children and adults under her real name.When the Truro Library opened its new building in 1996, it named its children's room after Ms. Woolley.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Read Aloud Funny Stories
ISBN: B000HZTJL4

Wonder Books. 1958

A merry-go-round of humor written speciaily for the young and guaranteed to make story time a happy time for the whole family. Delightful illustrations add to the fun.

Ginnie and the Mystery House, 1958 Hardcover (Ginnie Series)
ISBN: B0018OZHKK

William Morrow And Co.. 1958

Ginnie and the New Girl
ISBN: B000RVYD78

Scholastic Book Services. 1965

Libby's Uninvited Guest.
ISBN: 0688218091

William Morrow. 1970

Book by Woolley, Catherine.

LIBBY LOOKS FOR A SPY
ISBN: B001F0K4DM

William Morrow. 1968

childrens' book

Ginnie and the Mystery Light
ISBN: 0688300707

Morrow. 1973

While spending the Christmas holidays with a friend in South Carolina, Ginnie determines to discover the source of a mysterious light in the neighborhood.

A Room for Cathy
ISBN: 0590315765

SCHOLASTIC. 1975

A Room for Cathy [paperback] Catherine Woolley,Veronica Reed [Jan 01, 1975]

Ginnie's Baby-sitting Business
ISBN: 0590044494

Scholastic Book Services. 1969

Vintage chilldrens' paperback

Writing for Children (Plume)
ISBN: B000IOEXBU

. 1991

1991