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General Information

Name:  Elizabeth Gould Hearne  

Pen Name: Betsy Hearne

Genre: Fiction-Children Poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1942 in Wilsonville, Alabama

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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.


Carl Sandburg award for Eli`s Ghost 1987

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Beauty and the beast :
ISBN: 0226322394. OCLC Number: 19265930

University of Chicago Press,. .

Traces the familiar tale from its folklore origins, through its literary shaping in the 1700s, the moral instruction and lavish illustrations of the 1800s, to the modern psychological interpretations in books, movies, and television. Isolates common motives in such elements as character, narrative voice, image, object, and symbol. The illustrations include 12 superb color reproductions.

Choosing books for children :
ISBN: 0252069285. OCLC Number: 45288985

University of Illinois Press,. .

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: 14357538

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. .

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.

Eliza's dog /
ISBN: 068980704X. OCLC Number: 32778657

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. .

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

Hauntings, and other tales of danger, love, and sometimes loss /
ISBN: 0061239100. OCLC Number: 76261586

Greenwillow Books,. .

Fifteen stories of death and hauntings, set in the past, the present, and the afterlife.

Home /
ISBN: 0689501145. OCLC Number: 4495600

Atheneum,. .

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

Listening for Leroy /
ISBN: 0689822189. OCLC Number: 38752912

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. .

Growing up in rural Alabama in the 1950s, ten-year-old Alice has no one to talk to but Leroy, the black farm hand, but when Alice's doctor father moves the family to Tennessee, she has trouble fitting in and she sorely misses Leroy.

Polaroid and other poems of view /
ISBN: 0689505302. OCLC Number: 22347617

M.K. McElderry Books ;. .

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

Seven brave women /
ISBN: 0060799218. OCLC Number: 34413580

Greenwillow Books,. .

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.

South star /
ISBN: 0689500912. OCLC Number: 2818054

Atheneum,. .

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

The Canine Connection
ISBN: 1416968172. OCLC Number: 184826000

Simon Pulse. .

Who's in the hall? :
ISBN: 0688162614. OCLC Number: 42040960

Greenwillow Books,. .

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