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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Valiska Gregory  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1940 in Chicago, Illinois


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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- 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.