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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Valiska Gregory  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1940 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Gregory was born and raised in Chicago. She also received her Masters degree from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gregory is an award winning poet and children's book author. She has taught every grade from kindergarten through seniors in college, including courses ranging from music and drama at the elementary level to American literature and poetry at college level. Gregory is a member of the Author's Guild, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and on the Board of Directors of the National Children's Film Festival.

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Titles At Your Library

Sunny side up (A Mr. Poggle and Scamp book)
ISBN: 0027380602

Four Winds Press. 1986

Scamp helps Mr. Poggle make breakfast and learns that even broken eggs and burnt toast have a sunny side.

Riddle Soup (A Mr. Poggle and Scamp Book)
ISBN: 0027380904

Simon & Schuster. 1988

When Scamp complains they never have interesting suppers, Mr. Poggle decides to make Riddle Soup

The Oatmeal Cookie Giant (A Mr Poggle and Scamp Book)
ISBN: 002738070X

Simon & Schuster. 1987

Young Scamp does not expect to enjoy his visit to his stodgy old uncle, until Uncle Thorny begins to reminisce about his own youth

Through the Mickle Woods
ISBN: 0316327794

Little Brown & Co. 1992

To fulfill the dying wish of his queen, the king goes into the dark and mickle woods to find the mysterious bear who tells him three stories about the meaning of life.

Happy Burpday, Maggie McDougal (Springboard Book)
ISBN: 0316327778

Little Brown & Co. 1992

Despite being broke, Maggie McDougal wants to give her best friend, Bonkers, an unforgettable birthday present, and her grandmother's penchant for recycling and a school project present Maggie with the perfect solution.

Terribly Wonderful (A MR POGGLE AND SCAMP BOOK)
ISBN: 0027381102

Atheneum. 1986

Gregory, Valiska

Babysitting for Benjamin
ISBN: 0316327859

Little London Pr. 1993

Frances and Ralph realize that they have gotten in over their heads when they agree to baby-sit Benjamin, who runs through their door yelling, "Play!" and who knocks over everything in sight.

Kate's Giants
ISBN: 061302902X

Econo-Clad Books. 1997

Looking for Angels
ISBN: 0689805004

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 1996

A young reader's introduction to small everyday miracles follows the story of Sarah, who disbelieves her grandfather's statement that they can see angels, until he points out such items as the glow of ripe raspberries and a baby rabbit eating grass.

When Stories Fell Like Shooting Stars
ISBN: 0689800126

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 1996

A creatively designed picture book written in lyrical prose offers two animal fables, one told by the Fox and the other by the Bear, that challenge young readers to determine which of the stories is indeed true.

A Valentine for Norman Noggs (Trophy Picture Books)
ISBN: 0613225597

Econo-Clad Books. 2000

Shirley's Wonderful Baby
ISBN: 0060285745

HarperCollins. 2002

Everything Shirley's new baby brother, Stanley, does is wonderful. Wonderful, that is, to everyone except for Shirley. What's so special about a baby that looks like a prune, has legs like a turkey, and drools? Only Ms. Mump, the baby-sitter, agrees that babies aren't that interesting, especially with their wet diapers, burping, and constant need for attention. But then Ms. Mump and Shirley discover that being Stanley's big sister is what's most wonderful of all.

The Mystery of the Grindlecat
ISBN: 1578601428

Clerisy Press, Guild Press of Indiana. 2003

For John, Hannah, and little Emily, the haunted house was the most wonderfully spooky place of all on Halloween. On a night filled with fun, the only thing that gave them goosebumps was the Grindlecat. With scraggly fur, fierce eyes, and a big old snaggle-tooth, he was one scary cat. But there was something very familiar about the spooky Grindlecat. Something maybe even — friendly. And that was the mystery they would explore no matter what.


Illinois Wesleyan University Poetry Award, 1982

Billee Murray Denny National Poetry Award honorable mention, 1982

Hudelson Award for Children's Fiction Work-in-Progress, 1982

Parents' Choice Award, 1992, for Through the Mickle Woods

American Booksellers Association Pick of the List, 1992, for Through the Mickle Woods, and 1995, for Looking for Angels

Best Book Gold Award, Oppenheim Institute, for Shirley's Wonderful Baby.

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