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Catherine Woolley

Born: 1904 in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: Jane Thayer

Connection to Illinois: Born in Chicago, Ms. Woolley grew up in Passaic, N. J. , then attended Barnard College and the University of California, Los Angeles, earning her bachelor's degree from U. C. L. A. in 1927

Biography: Catherine wrote 86 books for children, many of which (The Blueberry Pie Elf and The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy for Christmas) have become classics. She was so prolific that her editor suggested she publish some of her works under a pen name. Thus, Catherine authored picture books under the name of Jane Thayer, while writing books for older children and adults under her real name.When the Truro Library opened its new building in 1996, it named its children's room after Ms. Woolley.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children

Catherine Woolley on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Ginnie and the mystery light /
ISBN: 0688300707 OCLC: 762202

W. Morrow, New York : 1973.

While spending the Christmas holidays with a friend in South Carolina, Ginnie determines to discover the source of a mysterious light in the neighborhood.

  The little car that wanted a garage.
ISBN: 0448131757 OCLC: 1216802

Wonder Books New York, [1974, ©1952]