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Jean Little

Jean Little

Thank You, Jean Little. 1932-2020.


Jean Little was a giant of children’s literature, loved and renowned in Canada and around the world. From her very first book, Mine for Keeps, about a girl with cerebral palsy, she became known for changing the way children with physical and psychological disabilities were portrayed in books for young readers—not as idealized, suffering characters waiting to be miraculously “fixed,” but as ordinary and imperfect children whose concerns and trials, while sometimes far from average, were universal. Perhaps her most famous and best-loved book, From Anna, was informed by her own childhood as a girl with a vision impairment. Like Anna, Jean never let anyone tell her what she couldn’t do. She earned an Honours English degree from the University of Toronto, worked as a teacher of special needs children, and became a famous writer, instantly recognizable in the literary community with her guide dog, outspokenness and sharp wit.

Jean’s works include five titles in the bestselling Dear Canada series; the novels Hand in Hand and Dancing through the Snow; and the picture books Pippin the Christmas Pig, Wishes and Sweetest of All.

Her books have won numerous awards, and Jean herself was honoured with the Order of Canada, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People, and the Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life.

Jean died in Guelph, Ontario, where she lived for most of her life. She was 88. We will miss her brilliant writing, her ability to see the truth within her characters, and her willingness to follow wherever they chose to take her and her readers.


Awards

Listen for the Singing, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2018

Listen for the Singing, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2017

Pippin the Christmas Pig, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2017

Sweetest of All, Commended, Today’s Parent, 100 BEST Canadian kids’ books of all time, 2015

From Anna, Commended, Today’s Parent, 100 BEST Canadian kids’ books of all time, 2015

Dear Canada: All Fall Down, Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada), 2015

Wishes, Commended, Today’s Parent, 100 BEST Canadian kids’ books of all time, 2015

Dear Canada: All Fall Down, Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2015

On a Snowy Night, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2014

On a Snowy Night, Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2014

Sweetest of All, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2014

From Anna, Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2014

Dear Canada: All Fall Down, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2014

Dear Canada: All Fall Down, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2014

From Anna, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2013

From Anna, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2013

Wishes, Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2013

On a Snowy Night, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2013

Wishes, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2013

Wishes, Short-listed, Rainforest of Reading Award, 2013

Wishes, Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2013

Dear Canada: Hoping for Home, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2012

Dear Canada: Exiles from the War, Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice), 2012

Dear Canada: Exiles from the War, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2011

Dear Canada: Exiles from the War, Commended, IODE Canada Violet Downey Recommended List, 2011

Dear Canada: Exiles from the War, Short-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2011

Dear Canada: If I Die Before I Wake, Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice), 2010

Dancing Through the Snow, Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2008

Dancing Through the Snow, Short-listed, Diamond Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2008

Dear Canada: If I Die Before I Wake, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2007

Dancing Through the Snow, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2007

Dancing Through the Snow, Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2007

Dear Canada: A Season for Miracles, Short-listed, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year For Children, 2005

Dear Canada: A Season for Miracles, Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 2005

Pippin the Christmas Pig, Winner, Mr. Christie's Book Award, 2004

Pippin the Christmas Pig, Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 2004

Pippin the Christmas Pig, Short-listed, Ruth Schwartz Award, 2004

Pippin the Christmas Pig, Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2004

Dear Canada: Brothers Far From Home, Short-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2004

Dear Canada: Orphan at My Door, Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice), 2004

Dear Canada: Brothers Far From Home, Runner-up, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year For Children, 2004

Dear Canada: Brothers Far From Home, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2004

Pippin the Christmas Pig, Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2003

Dear Canada: Orphan at My Door, Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2003

Dear Canada: Orphan at My Door, Short-listed, Diamond Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2003

Dear Canada: Brothers Far From Home, Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2003

Dear Canada: Orphan at My Door, Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 2002

Dear Canada: Orphan at My Door, Winner, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children, 2001

Listen for the Singing, Winner, Canada Council Award for Children's Literature, 1977

Books

Dancing Through the Snow
Dear Canada: All Fall Down
Dear Canada: Brothers Far From Home
Dear Canada: Exiles from the War
Dear Canada: If I Die Before I Wake
Dear Canada: Orphan at My Door
From Anna
Hand in Hand
Listen for the Singing
Listen, Said the Donkey
Long Way Home, A
On a Snowy Night
Pippin the Christmas Pig
Sweetest of All
The Sweetest One of All
Wishes

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