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Elaine Macmann Willoughby

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Occupation  Teacher, writer
Role  Writer
Nationality  American
Spouse  Robert Hugh Willoughby
Genre  Children's books
Resting place  New Castle
Name  Elaine Willoughby

Elaine Macmann Willoughby
Born  March 22, 1926 Lexington, Massachusetts, United States (1926-03-22)
Died  November 12, 2012, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Books  That's how the ball bounces, Boris and the monsters, No, no, no, and yes, Mystery of the lobster thieves
Education  University of Rhode Island, Bread Loaf School of English, Teachers College, Columbia University

Elaine Macmann "Mac" Willoughby (March 22, 1926 – November 12, 2012) was an American educator and writer of children's books.



Elaine Maybelle Macmann, known as "Mac", was born in Lexington, Massachusetts, and was the only child of Walter and Mabel Macmann. She received a B.S. of Education from Wheelock College, graduating in 1949 as vice-president of her class. In the summer of 1951 she also attended the University of Rhode Island, and in the summer of 1953 attended the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College. She received her MA and PhD in Education from the Teachers College, Columbia University, from 1954 to 1957.

Her teaching career began with primary school where she taught 1st grade in Norwood, Massachusetts, from 1949–1951, in Arlington, Virginia, from 1951–1952, and Wilmington, Delaware, from 1952–1953. She also taught at the Agnes Russel Center of the Teachers College while pursuing her MA and PhD. After graduating from Columbia she pursued teaching opportunities at the college level where she taught Language Arts, Children's Literature, and Child Development at Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, the University of New Hampshire, Oberlin College, and Baldwin-Wallace College.

She married the flutist Robert Hugh Willoughby in the summer of 1957, after having dated him off and on for several years. They moved to Oberlin, Ohio, where he was teaching at Oberlin College. In 1960 they spent a year in Cincinnati, where their son John was born. In 1987 they moved to New Castle, New Hampshire, which was the setting for several of her books.

She actively supported a variety of charities, from the schools she attended to local charities. To help raise funds and awareness for the Strawberry Banke Museum, she wrote "The Story of Strawberry Banke" in 1981 that sold at the museum gift shop with all profits going to the museum.

Elaine Willoughby died of a cerebral stroke on November 12, 2012, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and is buried in New Castle, New Hampshire.

Writing career

Her children's books were widely reviewed and well received. For example, her 1980 title, Boris and the Monstors appeared in a 1980 article in USA Today about favorite books to read aloud at bedtime, and Risky Business appeared in a Chicago Tribune list of the best books of 1956. Two of her books, Mystery of the Island Fires and Mystery of the Lobster Thieves were selected and printed by Weekly Reader for their Children's Book Club editions.

Selected works

  • Macmann, Elaine (1956). Risky Business. Putnam and Sons. 
  • Macmann, Elaine (1957). Ozzie and the 19th of April. Putnam and Sons. 
  • Willoughby, Elaine (1972). That's How The Ball Bounces. Garrard. ISBN 978-0811669573. 
  • Willoughby, Elaine (1973). No, No, No, and Yes. Garrard. ISBN 978-0811667210. 
  • Willoughby, Elaine (1978). Mystery of the Lobster Thieves. Xerox Education Publications. ISBN 978-0883752173. 
  • Willoughby, Elaine (1980). Boris and the Monsters. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 978-0395290675. 
  • Willoughby, Elaine (1991). Mystery of the Island Fires. Xerox Education Publications. ISBN 978-0837401188. 
  • References

    Elaine Macmann Willoughby Wikipedia

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