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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jamie Gilson  

Pen Name: None


Born: July 4, 1933 in Beardstown, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Jamie was born in Beardstown and has lived in Pittsfield and Oak Park. She attended Northwestern University and currently resides in Wilmette.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jamie Gilson has worked as a junior high teacher in Des Plaines, Illinois and has been a writer, producer and actor for educational radio programs at the Chicago Public Schools station WBEZ. She also wrote commercials for fine arts radio station WFMT in Chicago and wrote films and film strips for Encyclopaedia Brittanica Films and was a columnist for Chicago magazine.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''Body of Work''' *Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children presented by the Illinois Reading Council, 2005 *Chicago Children's Reading Round Table Award for outstanding contributions to the field of children's literature, 1989 '''''Stink Alley''''' *Society of Midland Authors Award for Children's Fiction, 2002 '''''Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub''''' *Sequoyah Award, Oklahoma, 1985 *Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award, 1985 *The Land of Enchantment Award, New Mexico, 1986 *Buckeye Award, Ohio, 1987 *Sunshine State Award, Florida, 1987 '''''Do Bananas Chew Gum?''''' *Carl Sandburg Award, Friends of the Chicago Public Library, 1981 *Charlie May Simon Award, Arkansas, 1981 '''''Harvey, the Beer Can King''''' *Merit Award, Friends of American Writers, 1979