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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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Sunny side up /
ISBN: 0027380602. OCLC Number:

Four Winds Press,. New York :. ©1986.

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

Riddle soup /
ISBN: 0027380904. OCLC Number:

Four Winds Press,. New York :. ©1987.

When Scamp complains they never have interesting suppers, Mr. Poggle decides to make Riddle soup. Recipe is included at the end of the story.

The Oatmeal Cookie Giant /
ISBN: 002738070X. OCLC Number:

Four Winds Press,. New York :. ©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. OCLC Number:

Little, Brown,. Boston :. ©1992.

After his wife's death a grieving king journeys to an old bear's cave in the mickle woods, where he hears three stories that help him go on living.

Happy burpday, Maggie McDougal! /
ISBN: 0316327778. OCLC Number:

Little, Brown,. Boston :. ©1992.

Having no money and seeing her best friend's birthday approaching, Maggie creates a package of homemade and recycled items, hoping Bonkers will not be disappointed when he realizes his present is second-hand.

Terribly wonderful /
ISBN: 0027381102. OCLC Number:

Four Winds Press,. New York :. ©1986.

When Scamp loses his voice, Mr. Poggle prescribes plenty of sunlight, books, and warm blankets to make him feel better.

Babysitting for Benjamin /
ISBN: 0316327859. OCLC Number:

Little, Brown,. Boston :. ©1993.

An elderly couple's well-ordered house is turned upside down when they agree to babysit a messy toddler.

Looking for angels /
ISBN: 0689805004. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 1996.

Sarah's grandfather shows her how to look for the sleeping sun, jewels in the garden, a circus outside the window, and angels.

When stories fell like shooting stars /
ISBN: 0689800126. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©1996.

When Fox sees the sun fall from the sky, his selfish actions set in motion a series of events that lead to war, but when Bear finds the fallen moon, he gets the other animals to work together to return the moon to where it belongs.

Shirley's wonderful baby /
ISBN: 0060285745. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. 2002.

Shirley doesn't share her family's sentiment that their new baby is wonderful until Ms. Mump, the babysitter, comes to visit.

The mystery of the grindlecat /
ISBN: 1578601428. OCLC Number:

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John, Hannah and little Emily thought that the Haunted House was the most wonderfully spooky place of all on Halloween. But, there was something very familiar about that spooky Grindlecat. Something, maybe even, friendly.


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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