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Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Born: in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Gilchrist was born in Chicago and currently lives in Olympia Fields, a suburb of Chicago. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Biography: Jan Spivey Gilchrist is an artist, teacher, author and an illustrator. Her career as a fine artist has spanned a quarter of a century. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Ms. Gilchrist has won numerous awards and commissions throughout her career, including the ''Coretta Scott King Award'' for ''Nathaniel Talking'', and a ''Coretta Scott King Honor Book'' for ''Night on Neighborhood Street''. This book is also a Reading Rainbow Book. Ms. Gilchrist is also the author of two picture books, ''Indigo and Moonlight Gold'', and ''Madelia''. Gilchrist has illustrated many of Eloise Greenfield's books, including several award winners. ''In the Land of Words'' was named a 2005 Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts. ''When the Horses Ride By'' and ''The Friendly Four'' were chosen for the Cooperative Children's Book Center's 2007 Choices.Most recently, she wrote the Parents' Choice Award Winner ''My America'', which she co-illustrated with Ashley Bryan. An inductee into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, Ms. Gilchrist holds an MFA in writing for children and a doctoral degree in English.

  • Gilchrist has won numerous awards and commissions throughout her career, including

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children

Jan Spivey Gilchrist on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Big friend, little friend /
ISBN: 0863162045 OCLC: 24781066

Black Butterfly Children's Books : New York : 1991.

Illustrates the difference in activities and relationships between children of various ages.

Brothers & sisters :
ISBN: 0060562846 OCLC: 227192065

HarperCollins Publishers, New York : 2009.

Brothers and sisters. Full, half, step, old and young, close in age and far apart. The bond between all siblings is powerful and special. Celebrate the love of brothers and sisters everywhere with award-winning author Eloise Greenfield in this poignant collection of poems for and about families.

Children of long ago :
ISBN: 1584300094 OCLC: 42866143

Lee & Low Books, New York : 2000.

A collection of seventeen poems that detail the daily pleasures of the African American childhood during the early 1900s.

Christmas :
ISBN: 0805029494 OCLC: 64704452

[publisher not identified] [Place of publication not identified] : A collection of children's books on the subject of Christmas.

Daddy and I-- /
ISBN: 0863162061 OCLC: 24781089

Black Butterfly Children's Books : New York : ©1991.

Father and son work and play together.

Easter parade
ISBN: 0786822716 OCLC: 36759846

Hyperion Books for Children, New York : ©1998.

Although the young cousins live many miles apart, Leanna in Chicago and Elizabeth in Washington, D.C., both prepare for an Easter parade against the backdrop of the Second World War.

Easter parade /
ISBN: 0590536079 OCLC: 50909238

Scholastic, New York : [2001], ©1998.

Although the young cousins live many miles apart, Leanna in Chicago and Elizabeth in Washington, D.C., both prepare for an Easter parade against the backdrop of the Second World War.

  Everett Anderson's Christmas coming
ISBN: 044084830X OCLC: 33471158

Trumpet Club, New York : 1992, ©1971.

Nine poems describe a small boy's preparations for Christmas.

For the love of the game :
ISBN: 0439133122 OCLC: 42908590

Scholastic, New York : [1999], ©1997.

Two children discover the importance of determination and find inspiration in the life of Michael Jordan.

For the love of the game :
ISBN: 0064435555 OCLC: 33898911

HarperCollins, [New York] : ©1997.

Two children discover the importance of determination and find inspiration in the life of Michael Jordan.

Honey, I love /
ISBN: 0060091231 OCLC: 48964869

A young girl expresses what she loves about life.

  Houghton Mifflin reading
ISBN: 9780547033341 OCLC: 679748732

Houghton Mifflin, Boston, MA : ©2010.

A research-based program that delivers proven results and instills a lifelong love of reading in every student with high quality instructional and practice materials. Comprehensive instructional and planning tools provide lesson objectives and teaching language that focuses on instruction, practice, and application. Promotes reading skills in below level, on level, above level and for English language learners and provides a strong foundational literacy base at every level.

How they got over :
ISBN: 0060289910 OCLC: 49030963

HarperCollins, New York : ©2003.

Profiles African American men and women who have had a strong connection with the sea, from slaves whose owners sent them to work on ships to today's fishermen, naval officers, and marine biologists.

I can draw a weeposaur and other dinosaurs :
ISBN: 0688176348 OCLC: 42061053

Greenwillow Books, New York : ©2001.

Poems depict a young girl drawing the imaginary dinosaurs she dreams up, like the sleeposaurus.

I make music /
ISBN: 0863162053 OCLC: 24781642

Black Butterfly Children's Books : New York : ©1991.

Make good music on the piano, the xylophone, the drums, with fingers and toe-tapping.

In the land of words :
ISBN: 0060289937 OCLC: 46792829

HarperCollins, New York : ©2004.

The words can come from a memory, or a dream, or something I see or hear or wonder about or imagine. Maybe there's a place where words live, where our minds and hearts can go and find them when we want to write or read. I like to imagine that there is such a place. I call it "The Land of Words." In this collection of twenty-one poems, National Council of Teachers of English Excellence in Poetry for Children Award winner Eloise Greenfield journeys to a place where words, creativity, and imagination abound. Featuring the poems "In the Land of Words," "Books," and "Poem," as well as favorites such as "Nathaniel's Rap" and "Way Down in the Music," this tribute to the written word invites readers to look within themselves and discover what inspires them.

Indigo and moonlight gold /
ISBN: 086316210X OCLC: 29253637

Black Butterfly Children's Books : New York : ©1993.

A beautifully written narrative of a young girl's feelings and understanding of how her relationship with her mother will change with the passage of time.

Kia Tanisha /
ISBN: 0694008478 OCLC: 36258688

HarperFestival, [New York] : ©1997.

Kia Tanisha loves to run, but there's always something or someone in the way.

Lemonade sun :
ISBN: 1563979446 OCLC: 46702944

Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press, Honesdale, Pa. : 2001, ©1998.

Collection of poems celebrating summer sights and sounds.

Lift ev'ry voice and sing /
ISBN: 0439351065 OCLC: 26857978

Scholastic, New York : ©1995.

An illustrated version of the song that has come to be considered the African American national anthem.

  Lift ev'ry voice and sing, James Weldon Johnson
ISBN: 0590224085 OCLC: 435542562

Scholastic Hardcover, New York, NY : ©1995.

Reproduction of the cover of the book by James Weldon Johnson and republished by Scholastic in 1995, the illustration depicts five young children of African origin in a diverse range of clothing. The background is of a sunset-colored sky and there is a silhouette of the tree on the bottom left. On the left is a text box with the poem, Lift ev'ry voice and sing.

Madelia /
ISBN: 0803720521 OCLC: 35331363

Dial Books for Young Readers, New York : ©1997.

Madelia would rather be painting with her new watercolors than going to church, but as she listens to her father's sermon, she is glad she came.

Me & Neesie /
ISBN: 0060007028 OCLC: 49495123

HarperCollins/Amistad, New York : c2005.

Janell's best friend is her invisible playmate Neesie, but things begin to change when Janell starts school.

ISBN: 1299040926 OCLC: 843013477

Ballantine Books, 2011.

My America /
ISBN: 0060791047 OCLC: 74568128

HarperCollins, New York : ©2007.

An illustrated children's poem which celelbrates the diversity of America.

My doll, Keshia /
ISBN: 0863162037 OCLC: 24637024

Published for Black Butterfly Children's Books by Writers and Readers Pub., New York, NY : ©1991.

A little girl plays with her doll.

Nathaniel talking /
ISBN: 0863162010 OCLC: 20289561

"Nathaniel B. Free is a spunky, spirited non-year-old poet who raps and rhymes about his world, from what it's like to be nine, to his education, to his family life"--Jacket.

Night on Neighborhood Street
ISBN: 9780140556834 OCLC: 34297232

A collection of poems exploring the sounds, sights, and emotions enlivening a black neighborhood during the course of one evening.

  Obama :
ISBN: 0982409508 OCLC: 426142394

Pegasus Books for Children, Flossmoor, IL : ©2009.

Two girls have a sleepover on the night of November 4, 2008 to await the announcement of the 44th president of the United States.

  On my horse /
ISBN: 0694005835 OCLC: 31898769

HarperFestival, [New York] : ©1995.

A boy riding slowly on a horse, sitting behind the horse's owner, imagines that he is riding swiftly by himself.

Red dog, blue fly :
ISBN: 0140543376 OCLC: 33158362

All the play by play excitement of a season on the football field is captured in this collection of football poems.

  Singing down the rain
ISBN: 0590527010 OCLC: 34282913

Scholastic Press, New York : ©1997.

In the midst of a severe drought, a mysterious woman drives into town claiming she specializes in rainsongs.

Singing down the rain /
ISBN: 0060276029 OCLC: 35364802

HarperCollinsPublishers, New York : ©1997.

In the midst of a severe drought, a mysterious woman drives into town claiming she specializes in rainsongs. Suggested level: primary, intermediate.

Sweet baby coming /
ISBN: 0694005789 OCLC: 29857093

HarperFestival, [New York?] : ©1994.

Mom and Dad are about to have a new baby and their young daughter has all sorts of questions.

The friendly four
ISBN: 9780060007591 OCLC: 61262293

HarperCollins/Amistad, New York : ©2006.

Through individual poems and poems for multiple voices, four young people explore the bonds of friendship, family, and community.

The Great Migration :
ISBN: 9780061259210 OCLC: 263065365

Describes the period of the 20th century when many African Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves in the northern states.

  The thumbtack dancer
ISBN: 9780997772012 OCLC: 993628142

Gus is a most promising, most energetic and most talented young dancer who figures out how to make enough money to upgrade his tip-a-tap thumbtack sneakers to a new pair of real tap shoes that could slap-a-dee-dap, slap-a-dee-dap on a real dance floor. He uses his public street dancing and thumbtack shoes to tap his way down the sidewalk and right up to the big red door of the dance studio.

Waiting for Christmas /
ISBN: 0590527002 OCLC: 33007887

Scholastic Hardcover, New York : ©1996.

Highlights various activities done in anticipation of Christmas.

Water, water /
ISBN: 0694012475 OCLC: 42402595

HarperFestival, [New York?] : ©1999.

For toddlers fascinated with faucets, fountains, puddles, and more, here is a joyous exploration of water.

We are shining
ISBN: 9780062570666 OCLC: 958350897

A life-affirming poem, illustrated for the first time, intends to foster opportunity and acceptance for all the people and children of the world. Gwendolyn Brooks honors the beauty of our world, the story of shared humanity, and the many different people in it. She speaks to all children of the world in this moving poem about acceptance, stressing that every child should have the opportunity for a shining future and offering hope for a better tomorrow.

When the horses ride by :
ISBN: 1584302496 OCLC: 60558918

Lee & Low Books, New York : ©2006.

"Collection of poems about children around the world, focusing on the children's perceptions of war and how the turmoil of war affects their lives. An author's note provides additional context"--Provided by publisher.

William and the good old days /
ISBN: 0060210931 OCLC: 25130669

HarperCollins, New York, NY : ©1993.

A little boy remembers his grandmother before she became ill, and during her long recovery he tries to imagine how things will be when she comes home from the hospital. Once again Greenfield displays commendable sensitivity in this story about an African-American boy who must cope with a beloved grandmother's illness. This poignant exploration of a child's feelings of loss, sorrow, and hope features a closely knit African-American family and community, lovingly depicted in paintings. A wonderful sense of neighborhood permeates the pages of this touching book.