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General Information

Name:  Jeanette Winter  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1939 in Chicago, Illinois

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Winter was born in Chicago and attended the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jeanette Winter is an award-winning author and illustrator of childrens books. She has illustrated books for other authors and has written many self-illustrated titles. Many of Jeanette's books are based on true stories. She has also illustrated three books written by her son, Jonah Winter: ''The Secret World of Hildegard'', ''Once upon a Time in Chicago: The Story of Benny Goodman'' and ''Diego'' a biography of Diego Rivera - winner of a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. A BFA graduate of the University of Iowa, she also attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Winter currently resides in New York.

Published Works

    Written and Illustrated:
  • Come out to Play, Knopf, 1986
  • The Magic Ring, Knopf, 1987
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd, Knopf, 1988
  • Klara's New World, Knopf, 1992
  • The Christmas Tree Ship, Philomel Books, 1994
  • Cowboy Charlie: The Story of Charles M. Russell, Harcourt, 1995, reprinted 2016
  • Josefina, Harcourt, 1996
  • My Name Is Georgia, Silver Whistle, 1998
  • Sebastian: A Book about Bach, Harcourt, 1999
  • The House That Jack Built, Dial, 2000
  • My Baby, Frances Foster Books, 2001
  • Emily Dickinson's Letters to the World, Frances Foster Books, 2002
  • Niño's Mask, Dial, 2003
  • Beatrix: Various Episodes from the Life of Beatrix Potter, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003
  • Elsina's Clouds, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004
  • September Roses, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004
  • Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book, Harcourt, 2004
  • The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq, Harcourt, 2004
  • Mama: A True Story in Which a Baby Hippo Loses His Mama during the Tsunami, but Finds a New Home and a New Mama, Harcourt, 2006
  • Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2006
  • Angelina's Island, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007
  • The Tale of Pale Male: A True Story, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007
  • Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2008
  • Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, Beach Lane Books, 2009
  • Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia, Beach Lane Books, 2010
  • The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps, Schwartz & Wade, 2011
  • Kali's Song, Schwartz & Wade, 2012
  • Henri's Scissors, Beach Lane Books, 2013
  • Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery, Beach Lane Books, 2014
  • Mr. Cornell's Dream Boxes, Beach Lane Books, 2014
  • Nanuk the Ice Bear, Beach Lane Books, 2016Illustrated:
  • The Christmas Visitors, Pantheon Books, 1968 - written by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen
  • Witch, Goblin, and Sometimes Ghost, Pantheon, 1976 - written by Sue Alexander
  • More Witch, Goblin, and Ghost Stories, Pantheon, 1978 - written by Sue Alexander
  • Harry (The Monster), Pantheon Books, 1980 - written by Ann Cameron
  • Witch, Goblin, and Ghost in the Haunted Woods, Pantheon, 1981 - written by Sue Alexander
  • Witch, Goblin, and Ghost's Book of Things to Do, Pantheon, 1982 - written by Sue Alexander
  • Hinny Winny Bunco, Harper & Row, 1982 - written by Carol Greene
  • The Girl and the Moon Man: A Siberian Tale, Pantheon, 1984
  • Hush Little Baby, Pantheon Books, 1984
  • Witch, Goblin, and Ghost Are Back, Pantheon, 1985 - written by Sue Alexander
  • The World's Birthday: A Rosh Hashanah Story, Harcourt, 1990 - written by Barbara Diamond Goldin
  • Diego, Knopf, 1991 - written by Jonah Winter
  • Eight Hands Round: A Patchwork Alphabet, HarperCollins, 1991 - written by Ann Whitford Paul
  • The Changeling, Knopf, 1992 - written by Selma Lagerlof and published as Bortbytingen
  • Cotton Mill Town, Dutton, 1993 - written by Kathleen Hershey
  • Sleepy River, Philomel, 1993 - written by Hanna Bandes
  • A Fruit and Vegetable Man, Joy Street Books, 1993 - written by Roni Schotter
  • Shaker Boy, Harcourt, 1994 - written by Mary Lyn Ray
  • Snow, Philomel Books, 1995 - written by Steve Sanfield
  • Day of the Dead, Harcourt, 1997 - written by Tony Johnston
  • The Tortilla Cat, Harcourt, 1998 - written by Nancy Willard
  • Hey Diddle Diddle, Harcourt, 1999
  • Rock-a-Bye Baby, Harcourt, 1999
  • Once upon a Time in Chicago: The Story of Benny Goodman, Hyperion, 2000 - written by Jonah Winter
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Red Wagon Books, 2000 - written by Jane Taylor
  • The Itsy-Bitsy Spider, Harcourt, 2000
  • The Secret World of Hildegard, Arthur A. Levine Books, 2007 - written by Jonah Winter

Selected Titles At Your Library

Come out to play /
ISBN: 039487742X. OCLC Number:

Knopf,. New York :. ©1986.

Presents the Mother Goose rhyme inviting girls and boys to leave supper and sleep and come out to play in the street by the light of the moon. Illustrations show modern-day children.

The magic ring :
ISBN: 0394963245. OCLC Number:

Knopf,. New York :. 1987.

Lost in the forest after the family she works for is killed by robbers, a poor servant girl is befriended by a white dove who provides food, clothing, and shelter but then asks for a favor in return.

Follow the drinking gourd /
ISBN: 0679819975. OCLC Number:

Knopf,. New York :. ©1988.

By following the directions in a song, "The Drinking Gourd," taught them by an old sailor named Peg Leg Joe, runaway slaves journey north along the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.

Cowboy Charlie :
ISBN: 193090083X. OCLC Number:

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The story of the great American painter of the Wild West, Charlie Russell.

Josefina /
ISBN: 0152010912. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace,. San Diego :. 1996.

A counting book inspired by Mexican folk artist Josefina Aguilar who makes painted clay figures.

My name is Georgia :
ISBN: 015204597X. OCLC Number:

Silver Whistle/Harcourt Brace,. San Diego :. ©1998.

Presents, in brief text and illustrations, the life of the painter who drew much of her inspiration from nature.

Sebastian :
ISBN: 015200629X. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace,. San Diego :. ©1999.

Describes how Johann Sebastian Bach survived the sorrows of his childhood and composed the music the world has come to love.

The house that Jack built /
ISBN: 0803728204. OCLC Number:

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2000.

Simple rebus illustrations are used to present the familiar cumulative nursery rhyme about the antics that go on in the house built by an unsuspecting Jack.

My baby /
ISBN: 0374351031. OCLC Number:

Frances Foster Books,. New York :. 2001.

As she waits for her baby to be born, a young African woman describes some of the sights and sounds of her Mali homeland as she creates a beautiful bogolan cloth for her child.

Emily Dickinson's letters to the world /
ISBN: 0374321477. OCLC Number:

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A brief description of the life of Emily Dickinson and a selection of her poems.

Niño's mask /
ISBN: 0803728077. OCLC Number:

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2003.

Told that he is too young to wear a mask at the Fiesta, Niño make his own mask and surprises his family and the whole village. Includes a glossary of Spanish words and an author's note.

Beatrix :
ISBN: 0374306559. OCLC Number:

. .

This simple biography of Beatrix Potter, best known for writing The tale of Peter Rabbit, includes excerpts from her published letters and journals and reveals why she drew and wrote about animals.

Elsina's clouds /
ISBN: 0374321183. OCLC Number:

Frances Foster Books,. New York :. 2004.

In South Africa, a Basotho girl paints designs on her house as a prayer to the ancestors for rain.

September roses /
ISBN: 0374367361. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. 2004.

On September 11, 2001, two sisters from South Africa find a good use for the roses they have grown when the flower show in New York City is canceled due to the attack on the World Trade Center.

Calavera abecedario :
ISBN: 0152059067. OCLC Number:

Harcourt,. Orlando :. ©2004.

Every year Don Pedro and his family make paper-mache skeletons, or calavera, for Mexico's Day of the Dead holiday, and every letter of the alphabet gets its own unique bones.

The librarian of Basra :
ISBN: 0152054456. OCLC Number:

Harcourt, Inc.,. Orlando, Fla. :. ©2005.

Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, the library where she works has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library--along with the thirty thousand books within it--will be destroyed forever. In a war-stricken country where civilians--especially women--have little power, this true story about a librarian's struggle to save her community's priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries.

Mama :
ISBN: 0152054952. OCLC Number:

Harcourt,. Orlando :. 2006.

A true story about a baby hippo who loses his mother during a tsunami, but finds a new home and a new mother.

Calavera abecedario :
ISBN: 0152059067. OCLC Number:

Harcourt,. Orlando :. ©2004.

Every year Don Pedro and his family make paper-mache skeletons, or calavera, for Mexico's Day of the Dead holiday, and every letter of the alphabet gets its own unique bones.

The tale of Pale Male :
ISBN: 0152059725. OCLC Number:

Harcourt,. Orlando :. ©2007.

The true story of two red-tailed hawks who nested on a tall apartment building on Fifth Avenue in New York City in 1993 and thereby attracted widespread attention from the public.

Angelina's island /
ISBN: 0374303495. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. New York :. ©2007.

Every day, Angelina dreams of her home in Jamaica and imagines she is there, until her mother finds a wonderful way to convince her that New York is now their home.

Wangari's trees of peace :
ISBN: 0152065458. OCLC Number:

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This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman's passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.

Nasreen's secret school :
ISBN: 1416994378. OCLC Number:

Beach Lane Books,. New York :. ©2009.

Based on a true story. After her parents are taken away by the Taliban, young Nasreen stops speaking. But as she spends time in a secret school, she slowly breaks out of her shell.

Biblioburro :
ISBN: 1416997784. OCLC Number:

Beach Lane Books,. New York :. ©2010.

"After amassing piles of books, Luis, a voracious reader, dreams up a way to share his collection with 'faraway villages.' He starts with two burros--one for himself, one for books--and heads off. Tough terrain and menacing bandits challenge him along the way, but at last he reaches a remote town, where he holds a story hour and loans titles to eager kids before returning home to his wife and reading late into the night."

The watcher :
ISBN: 0375867740. OCLC Number:

Schwartz & Wade Books,. New York :. ©2011.

This book traces out the life and career of Jane Goodall as a watcher of English fauna to her adult work as scholar of animal behavior in Africa.

Kali's song /
ISBN: 0375970223. OCLC Number:

Schwartz & Wade Books,. New York :. ©2012.

Thousands and thousands of years ago, a young boy gets his first hunting bow and learns to shoot, but he prefers to use the bow to make music.

Henri's scissors /
ISBN: 1442464844. OCLC Number:

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"When Henri Matisse was a boy, he drew pictures everywhere. And when he grew up, he became a famous artist whose paintings were beloved around the world. Then late in life, a serious illness confined Henri to just his bed and a wheelchair. But amazingly, from there he created some of his finest works, the enormous and breathtaking paper cut-outs."--Jacket flap.

Malala, Iqbal :
ISBN: 1481422944. OCLC Number:

. .

"A lushly illustrated picture-book biography of two young Pakistani heroes, Malala Yousafzai and Iqbal Masih, from acclaimed nonfiction author/illustrator Jeanette Winter"--

Mr. Cornell's dream boxes /
ISBN: 1442499001. OCLC Number:

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Joseph Cornell loved to draw and paint and collect things. With these drawings and paintings and collected treasures, he made marvelous shadowboxes--wonderlands covered in glass. And who did he most like to share them with? Children, of course.

Nanuk the ice bear /
ISBN: 1481446673. OCLC Number:

. .

At the top of the world, a polar bear hunts, swims, courts, raises cubs, and worries as they go off on their own.

Witch, Goblin, and sometimes Ghost :
ISBN: 0394832167. OCLC Number:

Pantheon Books,. New York :. ©1976.

Goblin has friends who will help him even when he is afraid, forgetful, or even grumpy.

Witch, Goblin, and Ghost in the haunted woods :
ISBN: 0394944437. OCLC Number:

Pantheon Books,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1981.

Goblin, Ghost, and Witch look for buried treasure, go swimming, play a game, hear a story, and get lost in a snowstorm.

Witch, Goblin, and Ghost's book of things to do /
ISBN: 039494612X. OCLC Number:

Pantheon Books,. New York :. ©1982.

Three friends show how to write a rebus, play a game, write in secret code, put on a play, and perform a magic trick.

Hinny Winny Bunco /
ISBN: 0060221283. OCLC Number:

Harper & Row,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1982.

Hinny Winny Bunco, a farmer overworked by his crabby brother, is miserable until he is given a fiddle by a strange old man and discovers his musical talent.

The girl and the moon man :
ISBN: 0394863267. OCLC Number:

Pantheon Books,. New York :. ©1984.

A retelling of a traditional Siberian tale in which a lonely moon unsuccessfully tries to carry a young girl off into the sky and then must offer many timeless gifts to win her forgiveness.

Hush little baby /
ISBN: 0394963253. OCLC Number:

Pantheon Books,. New York :. ©1984.

In an old lullaby a baby is promised an assortment of presents from its adoring parent.

Witch goblin and ghost are back.
ISBN: 0676316506. OCLC Number:

Amer School Pub,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1985.

The world's birthday :
ISBN: 0152000453. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. San Diego :. 1995, ©1990.

Daniel is determined to have a birthday party for the world to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.

Diego /
ISBN: 067985617X. OCLC Number:

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Discusses the childhood of Diego Rivera and how it influenced his art.

Eight hands round :
ISBN: 0060246898. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©1991.

Introduces the letters of the alphabet with names of early American patchwork quilt patterns and explains the origins of the designs by describing the activity or occupation they derive from.

The changeling /
ISBN: 0679810358. OCLC Number:

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A farmer's wife becomes the foster mother of a troll's child and her humanistic treatment of the changeling eventually secures the return of her own son.

Cotton mill town /
ISBN: 0525449663. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. ©1993.

A visit to Grandmama provides lyrical moments of peace and pleasure, picking huckleberries or catching tadpoles in the goldfish pond.

Sleepy river /
ISBN: 0399223495. OCLC Number:

Philomel,. New York :. ©1993.

A canoe ride at nightfall provides a mother and child glimpses of ducks, fireflies, bats, and other wonders of nature.

A fruit & vegetable man /
ISBN: 0316774677. OCLC Number:

Joy Street Books,. Boston :. ©1993.

Sun Ho first watches the artistic fruit and vegetable man, Ruby Rubenstein, at work; then he begins helping in the store--even offering something new: bean sprouts.

Shaker boy /
ISBN: 0152769218. OCLC Number:

. .

Having come to live among the Shakers at the age of six, Caleb spends the rest of his life learning their songs and their ways.

Snow /
ISBN: 0399227512. OCLC Number:

Philomel Books,. New York :. 1995.

Everything is different the morning after a deep new snowfall.

Day of the Dead /
ISBN: 0152024468. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace,. San Diego :. ©1997.

Describes a Mexican family preparing for and celebrating the Day of the Dead.

The tortilla cat /
ISBN: 0152895876. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace,. San Diego :. ©1998.

When all five Romero children get sick, a magical cat appears in the night and cures them of their fevers.

Rock-a-bye baby /
ISBN: 0152021329. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace & Company,. San Diego, CA :. ©1999.

Simple illustrations are used to present the familiar nursery rhyme.

Once upon a time in Chicago :
ISBN: 0786804629. OCLC Number:

Hyperion Books for Children,. New York :. 2000.

A simple biography of the great jazz musician, Benny Goodman, and how his extraordinary musical ability was originally encouraged by his immigrant father.

Twinkle, twinkle little star /
ISBN: 0152021310. OCLC Number:

Red Wagon Books,. San Diego, CA :. ©2000.

An illustrated version of this popular children's song.

The itsy-bitsy spider /
ISBN: 0152021302. OCLC Number:

Harcourt,. San Diego, CA :. ©2000.

The itsy-bitsy spider encounters a fan, a mouse, a cat, and a rocking chair as she makes her way to the top of a tree to spin her web.

The secret world of Hildegard /
ISBN: 0439507391. OCLC Number:

A.A. Levine,. New York, NY :. 2007.

An introduction to the life of Hildegard of Bingen, who lived in a time when women were expected only to obey--not to have visions or speak about them. Yet she did speak, and through her courage became one of the greatest mystics and composers of the medieval age.


Follow the Drinking Gourd

  • Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, National Council for Social Studies/Children's Book Council (NCSS/CBC)

    , 1988

  • Notable Children's Trade Book in Language Arts, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

    , 1988


    - written by Jonah Winter

  • New York Times Best Illustrated Book citation, 1991
  • Parent's Choice Award, 1991
  • Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, NCSS/CBC, 1991
  • Eight Hands Round

    - written by Ann Whitford Paul

  • New York Times Notable Book, 1991
  • Klara's New World

  • Teacher's Choice, IRA/CBC, 1992
  • Parent's Choice Award, 1992
  • A Fruit and Vegetable Man

  • Hungry Mind Review Book of distinction, 1993
  • Shaker Boy

  • Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies designation, NCSS/CBC, 1994
  • The Christmas Tree Ship

  • Children's Choice Award, IRA/CBC, 1994
  • Cowboy Charlie

  • Parent's Choice Honor citation, 1995
  • My Name Is Georgia

  • Best Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly, 1998
  • Notable Children's Book, American Library Association (ALA)

    , 1998

  • Editor's Choice, Booklist, 1998
  • Notable Book in Language Arts, NCTE, 1998
  • 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library, 1998
  • Best Book, Bank Street College of Education, 1998
  • Emily Dickinson's Letters to the World

  • Notable Book, New York Times, 2002
  • Parent's Choice silver medal, 2002
  • Nio's Mask

  • Parent's Choice Honor, 2003
  • Best Books, Bank Street College, 2003
  • Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies designation, NCSS/CBC, 2003
  • The Librarian of Basra

  • Notable Children's Book selection, ALA
  • Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for Nonfiction, Bank Street College of Education
  • Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies designation, NCSS/CBC
  • Middle East Outreach Council honorable mention
  • Mama

  • Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor, 2006
  • Wangari's Trees of Peace

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