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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Betsy Hearne  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD C:YA Fiction

Born: 1942 in Wilsonville, Alabama


Illinois Connection

Hearne studied children's literature and folklore, got a Ph. D. at the University of Chicago's Graduate Library School, and became a professor. She lives in Urbana, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Betsy Hearne is former Director of The Center for Children's Books and a professor emerita in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she taught children's literature and storytelling for many years.She is the author of numerous articles and books, including ''Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide'', the folktale anthology ''Beauties and Beasts'', fiction for both children and young adults, and picture books—one of which, ''Seven Brave Women'', won the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. The former children's book editor of Booklist and of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, she has reviewed books for almost forty years and contributes regularly to ''The Horn Book Magazine''.Hearne has been president of the United States chapter of the International Board on Books for Young People, and chair of the American Library Association’s Caldecott Award Committee. She received a National Teaching Award from the Association of Library and Information Science Education; the 2009 Anne Devereaux Jordan Award from the Children’s Literature Association; and from the University of Illinois, a University Scholar Award and a Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award.

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Titles At Your Library


-- Jane Addams Children's Book Award and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book for ''Seven Brave Women'' Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award Best Children's Book Award Anne Izard Award Parents Choice Award Carl Sandburg Award Anne Devereaux Jordan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Literature from Childrens Literature Association in 2009