Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Janice N. Harrington  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Childrens Poetry

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: in Vernon, Alabama

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Illinois Connection

Harrington lives in Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Janice N. Harrington writes poetry and is the author of award-winning children's books. Growing up in Alabama and Nebraska, both settings figure prominently in her writing.A Cave Canem Fellow, Harrington is also the winner of a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry. Her poetry appears regularly in American literary magazines and has led to awards from the Illinois Arts Council and appearances on ''Poetry Daily'' and ''Verse Daily''. Previously a public librarian and a professional storyteller, she told stories at festivals around the country, including the National Storytelling Festival. Harrington currently teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Primitive :
ISBN: 1942683200. OCLC Number:

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Busy-busy Little Chick /
ISBN: 0374347468. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. 2013.

Mama Nsoso knows her chicks need a warm new house, but each day when they set out to collect sticks and mud she is distracted by good things to eat, while Little Chick stays busy gathering the building materials himself.

The hands of strangers :
ISBN: 1934414549. OCLC Number:

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Roberto walks home /
ISBN: 0670063169. OCLC Number:

Viking,. New York :. 2008.

Roberto is very angry when his older brother Miguel promises to walk him home from school and then forgets.

Even the hollow my body made is gone :
ISBN: 1929918895. OCLC Number:

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"Memory and its embodiment in a colloquial, yet highly wrought musical language are what originally drew me to Harrington's manuscript and what continues to pull me back. We learn the story of Lillian and Webster and their children and grandchildren, a black family living a hardscrabble life in the rural South more than sixty years ago. Set on the cusp of the Civil Rights era, the poems chronicle a way of life that has long since vanished."--Elizabeth Spires, from the foreword

The chicken-chasing queen of Lamar County /
ISBN: 0374312516. OCLC Number:

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A young farm girl tries to catch her favorite chicken, until she learns something about the hen that makes her change her ways.

Going North /
ISBN: 0374326819. OCLC Number:

Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus and Giroux,. New York :. ©2004

A young African American girl and her family leave their home in Alabama and head for Lincoln, Nebraska, where they hope to escape segregation and find a better life.


Busy-Busy Little Chick

  • 2014 ILLINOIS READS Book
  • Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone

  • A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions
  • Kate Tufts Discovery Award
  • The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County

  • Top 10 Children's Books,
  • Time

    magazine, 2007

    Going North

  • Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, New York Public Library, 2005

    Other Awards

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)