Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Irene Hunt  

Pen Name: None


Born: May 8, 1907 in Pontiac, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Irene Hunt was born in Pontiac, Illinois and then moved to Newton, Illinois with her family before she was one year of age. She taught in the public schools in Oak Park and Cicero.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hunt taught in the public schools in Oak Park and Cicero and at the University of South Dakota for a total of 39 years. Her graduate work in psychology has helped make her characters unusually real. Her first novel, ''Across Five Aprils'', was published when she was 57. She based her story on the life of her grandfather and set it on the family farm where she grew up. All of Hunt's books are carefully researched and she was won several awards including the Newberry Medal.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- Charles W. Follett Award in 1964 Newbery Honor book for ''Across Five Aprils'' in 1965 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1966 Newbery Medal for ''Up a Road Slowly'' in 1967 Parents' Choice Award for ''The Everlasting Hills'' in 1985