Author’s Corner: NovelsBirdie for Now Listen for the Singing(2002) (1977) Somebody Else’sDancing Through the Look Through My Summer (2005)Snow (2007) Window (1970) Spring Begins inDifferent Dragons Lost and Found March (1966)(1986) (1985) Stand in the WindForward, Shakespea Mamas Going to Buy (1975)re (2005) You A Mockingbird (1984) Take Wing (1968)From Anna (1972) Mine for Keeps The Belonging PlaceHis Banner Over Me (1962) (1997)(1995) One to Grow On The Birthday GirlHome from Far (1969) (2004)(1965) Rescue Pup (2004) Willow and TwigKate (1971) (2000)
Jean Little BiographyBorn in 1932, in Formosa vision, taught herself to(Taiwan) read on her own, which became her “greatest joy”Doctors found scars overboth of her corneas, which Moved to Toronto, Canadais cause for a significant in 1939loss of eyesight and isdiagnosed as legally blind Was first in a school for children with visionTeased in school problems, but transitioned to a regular educationFamily was very classroom by fourth gradesupportive, with parentsreading to her frequently She lost lots of accommodations andGained limited struggled
Began to enjoy writing; Published first novelher father encouraged after freshman year:her and often edited Let Me Be Gentle abouther work a large family with a mentally retarded six-Father published her year-old girl.first collection of poetrywhen Little was 15 Graduated in 1955 withyears old bachelor’s degree in EnglishSaturday Night(magazine) published Taught children withtwo of her verses. “I disabilities, althoughlistened and [when] his she primarily wanted tovoice broke, I knew writewhy I wanted to be awriter.” Worked with children at camps and in theirAttended Victoria homes, and at theCollege’s English Institute of Speciallanguage and literature Education in Salt Lakeprogram to pursue a City, Utah and atdegree in Florida UniversityEnglish, father suffereda heart attack
Inspired her to write for Year Award for Mama’schildren Going to Buy You a Mockingbird – focusesFound that books of the on grief and1950s that did portray understanding of a childchildren with disabilities losing a parentwere difficult to find andinaccurate portrayals – Also writes historicalmiraculous miracles novelsPublished Mine for Published manyKeeps about Sally novels, pictureCopeland, a young girl books, and professionalwith cerebral palsy – articlesfocuses on coping skillsof Sally and those When not writing, worksaround her with young people in churches, schools, and1985 – won Canadian the communityChildren’s Book of the
Jean Little, the AuthorPartially sighted griefFormer teacher of children None of her characters findwith disabilities “magical cures” for their problemsHer disability andexperiences are a basis for Learn to cope and led tomany of her greater self-understandingcharacters, many of whomhave cerebral palsy or are Has won awards such asblind Canadian Children’s Book Award, Governor General’sMany other characters Literacy Award, and aconfront psychological Vicky Metcalf Awarddifficulties, such as fear or
From AnnaNovelPublished by Harper in 1972Preview: “Anna has always been the clumsy one in the family.Somehow she can never do anything right! She bumps intotables, and she cant read the blackboard at her school. Herperfect brothers and sisters call her "Awkward Anna." WhenPapa announces that the family is moving from Germany toCanada, Annas heart sinks. How can she learn English whenshe cant even read German? Nothing could be worse thanthis! But when the Soldens arrive in Canada, Anna learns thatthere is a reason for her clumsiness. Andsuddenly, wonderfully, her whole world begins to change.” –Jean LittleReview: a very intriguing book, with a main character’semotional journey that is easily understood.
Mama’s Going to Buy You a MockingbirdNovelPublished by Penguin in 1984Preview: “Jeremy is not having a good summer. His best friends havemoved away, and he has to stay at the cottage with only his littlesister and Aunt Margery. His parents have remained in the city so hisfather can have an operation. When Jeremy finally sees himagain, he finds out that his father has cancer and isnt going to getbetter. Suddenly, everything is different. Then Jeremy finds anunlikely friend in Tess, who knows what its like to lose someone. Ashis friendship with her grows, through good times and bad, Jeremydiscovers that his father has left him something that will live forever…” – Jean LittleReview: excellent book, made even more interesting by Jean Little’sread aloud at teachingbooks.net(http://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?aid=859).
Rescue PupNovelPublished by Orca in 2004Preview: “Shakespeare wriggled joyously and reared up tolick Tessas chin. He expected even this girl to love him onsight. Everybody always had. But Tessa was noteverybody. She parted her knees and let him slither to thefloor. Shakespeare is a Seeing Eye puppy. But before thetime comes for him to train with a blind person, he mustspend six months with a girl who has never learned to love.He does all he can to teach her, but the job places him insome dangerous situations and by the end of the story hehas earned the title Rescue Pup.” – Jean LittleReview: written more for a younger elementaryaudience, this book dives into emotional issues skirted bymany other authors.
Bibliography(2012). Jean little photograph. (2012). [WebPhoto]. Retrieved fromhttp://www.scholastic.ca/dearcanada/authors/jean_little.htmLittle, J. (n.d.). Jean little: Canadian author.Retrieved from http://jeanlittle.ca/Little, J. (n.d.). Teaching books: Jean little.Retrieved fromhttp://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?aid=859
Bibliography of Author’s BooksLittle, J. (1995). Bats about baseball. Penguin.Little, J. (2002). Birdie for now. Orca.Little, J. (2003). Brothers far from home: The World War I diary of Eliza Bates.Scholastic.Little, J. (2007). Dancing through the snow. Scholastic.Little, J. (1986). Different Dragons. Penguin.Little, J. (1998). Emma’s Magic Winter. Harper.Little, J. (2004). Emma’s Strange Pet. Harper.Little, J. (2001). Emma’s Yucky Brother. Harper.Little, J. (2005). Forward, Shakespeare!. Orca.
Little, J. (1972). From Anna. Harper.Little, J. (1996). GruntlePiggle takes off. Penguin.Little, J. (1986). Hey world, here I am!. Kids Can Press.Little, J. (1995). His banner over me. Penguin.Little, J. (1965). Home from far. Little Brown & Co.Little, J. (2003). I gave my mom a castle. Orca.Little, J. (2003). I know an old laddie. Penguin.Little, J. (2007). If I die before I wake: the flue epidemic diary of FionaMacgregor. Scholastic.Little, J. (1995). Jenny and the Hanukkah queen. Penguin.Little, J. (1991). Jess was the brave one. Penguin.Little, J. (1971). Kate. HarperCollins.Little, J. (1977). Listen for the singing. Stoddart.
Little, J. (2006). Listen, said the donkey. Scholastic.Little, J. (1987). Little by little. Penguin.Little, J. (1970). Look through my window. Harper & Row.Little, J. (1985). Lost and Found. Penguin.Little, J. (1984). Mama’s going to buy you a mockingbird. Penguin.Little, J. (1962). Mine for keeps. Penguin.Little, J. (1991). One upon a golden apple. Penguin.Little, J. (1969). One to grow on. Penguin.Little, J. (2001). Orphan at my door: the home child diary of VictoriaCope. Scholastic.Little, J. (2003). Pippin the Christmas pig. ScholasticLittle, J. (2004). Rescue Pup. Orca
Little, J. (1992). Revenge of the small small. Penguin.Little, J. (2005). Somebody else’s summer. Penguin.Little, J. (1966). Spring begins in March. Penguin.Little, J. (1975). Stand in the wind. Penguin.Little, J. (1990). Stars come out within. Penguin.Little, J. (1968). Take wing. Little Brown & Co.Little, J. (1997). The belonging place. Penguin.Little, J. (2004). The birthday girl. Orca.Little, J. (2008). The sweetest one of all. Scholastic.Little, J. (1998). What will the robin do then?. Penguin.Little, J. (1968). When the pie was opened. Little, Brown.Little, J. (2000). Willow and Twig. Penguin.