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Name  Vera Williams
Nationality  American
Role  Writer
Period  1975-2015
Education  Black Mountain College
Spouse  Paul Williams (-1970)

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Born  Vera Baker January 28, 1927 Hollywood, California, USA (1927-01-28)
Genre  Children's literature, picture books
Notable works  As writer: It's a Gingerbread House (1978)
Died  October 16, 2015, Narrowsburg, New York, United States
Awards  Caldecott Medal, Regina Medal
Nominations  Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award
Books  A Chair for My Mother, More More More - Said the Baby, Cherries and cherry pits, Amber was Brave - Essie wa, Lucky song

Occupation  Writer and illustrator

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Vera Baker Williams (January 28, 1927 – October 16, 2015) was an American children's writer and illustrator. Her best known work, A Chair for My Mother, has won multiple awards and was featured on the children's television show Reading Rainbow. For her lifetime contribution as a children's illustrator she was U.S. nominee in 2004 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children's books. Additionally, she was awarded the 2009 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature.


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Early life and education

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Vera Baker was born January 28, 1927 in Hollywood, California. She has one sister, Naomi. As a child, her family moved to the Bronx, New York, where her father was frequently absent during her early childhood. Encouraged by their parents to explore the arts, she studied at The High School of Music & Art and Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where she received her BFA in Graphic Art in 1949.

Marriage and children

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While at Black Mountain College, she married fellow student Paul Williams. The couple divorced in 1970. Together they had three children:

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  • Sarah Williams
  • Jennifer Williams
  • Merce Williams
  • She has five grandchildren:

  • Hudson Williams
  • August Williams
  • William Babcock
  • Rebecca Babcock
  • Clare Babcock
  • Career

    Williams was a co-founder of the Gate Hill Cooperative Community and served as a teacher for the community from 1953-70. She taught at alternative schools in New York and Ontario throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. Following her divorce, she emigrated to Canada, where she committed to becoming a children's author and illustrator. In 1975 she was invited by Remy Charlip to illustrate Hooray For Me, which she did while living on a houseboat in Vancouver. She established a publishing relationship with Greenwillow Books that continues to this day. Most recently, Ms. Williams resided in New York City and remained active in local issues such as The House of Elder Artists and participated in the 2007 PEN World Voices literary festival. She died on October 16, 2015.

    Philosophical and political views

    Williams has long supported nonviolent and nuclear disarmament causes. In 1981 she spent a month in Alderson Federal Prison Camp following arrest at a women's peaceful blockade of the Pentagon. She served on the executive committee of the War Resisters League from 1984 to 1987.

    As author

  • It's a Gingerbread House (1978)
  • The Great Watermelon Birthday (1980)
  • Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe (1981)
  • A Chair for My Mother (1982)
  • Something Special for Me (1983)
  • Music, Music for Everyone (1984)
  • My Mother, Leah and George Sand (1986)
  • Cherries and Cherry Pits (1986)
  • Stringbean's Trip to the Shining Sea with Jennifer Williams (1988)
  • "More More More" Said the Baby (1990)
  • Scooter (1993)
  • Lucky Song (1997)
  • Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart (2001)
  • A Chair for Always (2009)
  • Home at Last with Chris Raschka (2016)
  • As illustrator

  • Hooray For Me!, Remy Charlip (1975)
  • Long Walks and Intimate Talks, Grace Paley (1991)
  • Home: A Collaboration of Thirty Authors & Illustrators (1996)
  • Awards

  • 1983: Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, Picture Book category, A Chair for My Mother
  • 1983: Caldecott Medal Honor Book, A Chair for My Mother
  • 1985: Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book, Music, Music for Everyone
  • 1991: Caldecott Honor, "More More More" Said the Baby
  • 1994: Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, Fiction category, Scooter
  • 1995: Library of Congress exhibition, "Family, Friends, and Community: The Art of Vera B. Williams"
  • 1998: Charlotte Zolotow Award, Lucky Song
  • 2002: Jane Addams Honor, Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart
  • 2008: Regina Medal of the Catholic Library Association; body of work
  • 2009: NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature
  • References

    Vera Williams Wikipedia

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