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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Juanita Havill  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1949 in Evansville, Indiana

-- Juanita Havill on WorldCat --

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Jamaica's find /
ISBN: 0395453577. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. Boston :. 1986.

A little girl finds a stuffed dog in the park and decides to take it home.

Grow :
ISBN: 1561454419. OCLC Number:

Peachtree,. Atlanta :. ©2008.

Two misfit children and other members of a Minneapolis, Minnesota, neighborhood are brought together by a woman creating a community garden.

Jamaica and Brianna /
ISBN: 0395779391. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1993.

Jamaica hates wearing hand-me-down boots when her friend Brianna has pink fuzzy ones.

Jamaica's blue marker /
ISBN: 0618369171. OCLC Number:

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Jamaica thinks her classmate Russell is a pest who is always getting into trouble, but then she discovers he is moving away.

Brianna, Jamaica, and the Dance of Spring /
ISBN: 0547237685. OCLC Number:

Sandpiper,. Boston :. [2009], ©2002.

When her sister Nikki gets sick, Brianna hopes to play her part as the butterfly queen in the Dance of Spring, but then another disaster strikes.

Jamaica and the substitute teacher /
ISBN: 0618152423. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston, Mass. :. 1999.

Jamaica copies from a friend during a spelling test because she wants a perfect paper, but her substitute teacher Mrs. Duval helps her understand that she does not have to be perfect to be special.

Jamaica is thankful /
ISBN: 0618982310. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. Boston :. 2009.

Jamaica's friend Kristin needs to give away her kitten. But Jamaica's brother is allergic to cats. Jamaica assumes this doesn't mean kittens too. But when her brother's allergies bother him before the football game, Jamaica must find a solution to the problem. She wants the kitten, but she also wants her brother to be healthy.

Just like a baby /
ISBN: 0811850269. OCLC Number:

Chronicle Books,. San Francisco :. ©2009.

Delighted by the arrival of baby Ellen, extended family members describe their plans for the young one, from becoming a fisherman to playing the saxophone, but baby Ellen prefers other activities.

Yes, I love you /
ISBN: 0307101770. OCLC Number:

Golden Book ;. New York :. ©1990.

Jamaica tag-along /
ISBN: 0395549493. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1989.

When her older brother refuses to let her tag along with him, Jamaica goes off by herself and allows a younger child to play with her.

I heard it from Alice Zucchini :
ISBN: 0811839621. OCLC Number:

Chronicle Books,. San Francisco, Calif. :. ©2006.

From the still chill of a winter night to the ra-ta-ta, ra-ta-ta, ra-ta-ta-too of a lively vegetable stew, these twenty whimsical poems celebrate the joys of a garden from start to finish. A tour de force of imagination, I Heard It from Alice Zucchini invites you to join in the Pea Pod Chant, wander through the Rhubarb Forest, dance with the Dainty Doily Dill Weed, gossip with Alice Zucchini, and hold your breath on the pumpkin's enchanted evening. Illustrated with magical paintings, here is a book that will delight gardeners of all ages.

Eyes like Willy's /
ISBN: 0688136729. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. [New York] :. ©2004.

While vacationing over the course of several summers in Austria, French siblings Guy and Sarah Masson become best friends with a German boy, until the outbreak of World War I puts them on opposing sides.

Call the horse Lucky /
ISBN: 094071910X. OCLC Number:

Gryphon Press,. Edina, MN :. ©2010.

"While visiting her grandmother in the country, Mel discovers a neglected horse. Moved by the sight of the rib-thin pinto with the sad, glazed eyes and eager to help him, Mel starts a rescue process that results in the pinto's being moved to a horse rescue ranch to revive him and treat his problems. At the ranch, Mel learns about horse care and continues to bond with the horse she has named Lucky"--Page 4 of cover.


  • 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

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