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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Janice May Udry  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1928 in Jacksonville, Illinois

-- Janice May Udry on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Udry was born in Jacksonville and graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Janice May Udry is a children's book author. Her first book, ''A Tree Is Nice'', won the 1957 Caldecott Award for the most distinguished American picture book. After marrying, she moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband. Her papers are held at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Titles At Your Library

A Tree Is Nice (Rise and Shine)
ISBN: 0064431479

HarperCollins. 1987

Winner of the Caldecott Medal

“A radiant and buoyant picture book.” —The Horn Book

A Tree Is Nice is a classic tale about the beauty of the everyday world. "Simont's watercolors perfectly complement the poetic simplicity of the text, allowing the reader room to engage in his or her own imaginative embroiderings about trees" (Children's Books and Their Creators).

Trees are beautiful. They fill up the sky. If you have a tree, you can climb up its trunk, roll in its leaves, or hang a swing from one of its limbs. Cows and babies can nap in the shade of a tree. Birds can make nests in the branches. A tree is good to have around. A tree is nice.

The Moon Jumpers
ISBN: 0060284609

HarperCollins. 2004

Four years before Where the Wild Things Are won the Caldecott Medal, Maurice Sendak produced some of his most spectacular artwork for The Moon Jumpers. Printing technology has greatly improved since this enchanting picture book was first released more than fifty years ago, and now, with new color separations, the reproduction of Maurice Sendak's artwork comes closer to his stunning originals than ever before. Sendak's wondrous starry skies and Janice May Udry's evocative text immediately transport us back to cool, moonlit nights and fill us with the universal warmth of childhood. The Moon Jumpers' timeless beauty and inspiration earned it a Caldecott Honor in 1960 and will surely gather a new generation of fans.

Let's Be Enemies
ISBN: 0064431886

HarperCollins. 1988

James used to be my friend. But today he is my enemy.

James and John are best friends—or at least they used to be. They shared pretzels, umbrellas, and even chicken pox. Now James always wants to be boss, and John doesn't want to be friends anymore. But when he goes to James' house to tell him so, something unexpected happens.

Alfred: Scott Foresman Second Talking Storybook (Record Included)

Albert Whitman & Co/Special Ed for Scott Foresman. 1961

Charming childrens story of a boy named Henry and his large Irish Setter named Alfred. Special School Edition by Scott Foresman & Company. Originally came with a record in a pocket attached inside the back cover. No record.

The Mean Mouse and Other mean Stories

Harper & Brothers. 1962

Next Door to Laura Linda
ISBN: B0007E1N1E

Albert Whitman & Co.. 1965

Every morning, Henry had to pass many dogs on his way to school. It seemed that there were more dogs on his street than anywhere else. And Henry was afraid of dogs. Then one morning, Alfred, the big red dog and Henry met face to face and everything changed. Alfred was happy and even Henry was happy! Text illustrated by Meg Wolbert.

What Mary Jo Shared by Udry, Janice May published by Scholastic Paperback

Scholastic. 1994

Glenda Glinka: Witch-at-large (Trophy Chapter Books)
ISBN: 0064404102

Harpercollins Childrens Books. 1997

Able to turn herself into anything, Glenda Glinka the witch transforms herself into a little girl, aspiring to be the best child that ever was, and learns how hard it is to do everyday little girl things. Reprint.

Mary Jo's Grandmother.
ISBN: 0807549843

Albert Whitman & Co. 1970

Mary Jo helps her grandmother when the old woman is injured in her country home

Thump and Plunk (My First I Can Read)
ISBN: 0064442675

HarperCollins. 2001

Thump! Plunk!

First Thump thumps Plunk. Then Plunk plunks Thump. So Thump thumps Plunk back. Will Thump and Plunk ever stop thumping and plunking each other?


A Tree Is Nice

  • Caldecott, 1957
  • 2016 ILLINOIS READS Book
  • The Moon Jumpers

  • Caldecott Honor Book, 1960

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