Little


Jury Citation

"Jean was a pioneer Canadian writer, standing almost alone as a major, internationally recognized Canadian children’s author. She was an outstanding leader when it came to fearless book promotion. Her school appearances were legendary... let’s just say they could send shivers of fear and joy through children’s spines."

Selected Publications

Take Wing (1968)
Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird (1984)
Lost and Found (1986)
Different Dragons (1989)
Little by Little: A Writer's Education (1989)
From Anna (1990)
Look Through My Window (1995)
Kate (1995)
Mine for Keeps (1995)
Spring Begins in March (1996)
Willow and Twig (2003)
Brothers Far from Home (2003)
If I Die Before I Wake (2007)

About the Author

Jean Little is recognized throughout North America for her candid and unsentimental portrayals of adolescent life. Once a teacher of handicapped children, Little herself is only partially sighted, and she uses much of her real-life experience as the basis for her books. Her characters often deal with physical disabilities or confront psychological difficulties; however, none of her characters find magical cures for their problems. Instead, they learn to cope with and survive the challenges they face, and thus they are led to greater self-understanding. 

Little’s parents read to her frequently, and as she gained limited vision, they taught her to read on her own. "Reading became my greatest joy," she wrote in her autobiography Little by Little: A Writer's Education. In 1955, Little graduated with her bachelor's degree in English from the Victoria College's English language and literature program and, for the next six years, she worked with handicapped children. These years helped inspire her to write for kids. "I decided to search for books about children with motor handicaps... I did not think they needed a book to help them adjust. I did believe, however, that crippled children had a right to find themselves represented in fiction."

 


 

 

Woodcock Fund
Applications

Ongoing

 

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

Submissions

September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018

 

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

Submissions

July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018

 

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