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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Virginia Meachum  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1918 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: Feb. 23, 2010 in Urbana Illinois

-- Virginia Meachum on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Meachum lived the majority of her life in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Virginia Meachum graduated from Austin High School in Chicago and from Illinois State University in 1943 with a bachelor of education degree. She taught in the grade schools of New London, Conn., before moving to Champaign, where she worked as an administrative secretary at the University of Illinois. In 1948, her family settled in Danville, Illinois. There, she combined homemaking with free-lance feature writing for various publications. Later, she specialized in writing biographies for young adult readers, including books on Janet Reno, Steven Spielberg, Jane Goodall, and other “People to Know.”She was a 30-year volunteer in the former Lakeview Hospital Gift Shop, past president of Chapter KE of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a volunteer tutor in the READS program of Danville Elementary Schools and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Charles Lindbergh :
ISBN: 0766015351. OCLC Number: 46538352

Enslow,. .

Reveals the man behind the legend, from the glory of his historic flight to the tragic kidnapping of his baby son, from his brilliant medical research to his controversial political views.

Jane Goodall, protector of chimpanzees /
ISBN: 0894908278. OCLC Number: 36301451

Enslow Publishers,. .

Explores the life and research of the English animal behaviorist who undertook the first long-term study of chimpanzees in the wild.

Janet Reno :
ISBN: 089490549X. OCLC Number: 30979313

Enslow Publishers,. .

Follow the life United States Attorney General Janet Reno, from her childhood near the Florida Evergaldes through her years at Harvard Law School, to the present.

Martha Stewart :
ISBN: 0894909843. OCLC Number: 38030149

Enslow Publishers,. .

Details the life and career of the woman whose books and television shows focus on ways to make the home more interesting.

Rosie O'Donnell :
ISBN: 0766011488. OCLC Number: 41137633

Enslow Publishers,. .

A biography of a popular talk show host, describing her childhood, education, and career in comedy, the movies, on Broadway, and on television.

Steven Spielberg :
ISBN: 0894906976. OCLC Number: 33207000

Enslow Publishers,. .

Explores the life and career of the successful filmmaker beginning with his childhood and including discussion of his projects as a director, writer, and producer.