The author of such classic childhood favorites Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain was born on this day in 1919. Jean Craighead George was a reporter, author, and, above all, a nature-lover. George published over 100 novels during her writing career, most of them about and for children. Her research in Alaska inspired her Julie of the Wolves trilogy, the first book of which won the Newberry Medal, and George won over 20 different awards for her literature.
George died in May 2012 and was posthumously inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame in November 2016.
The library holds several of George’s most famous works. They are located in the Family Room in the Logos. A complete list of the library’s holdings written by Jean Craighead George can be found here.