Author of children’s books; librarian, editor; university professor. Born– October 6, 1942, Wilsonville. Parents– Kenneth and Elizabeth (Barrett) Gould. Married– Michael Claffey. Children– Two. Education– Wooster College, B.A., 1964; University of Chicago, M.A., 1968;  Ph. D., 1985. Children’s librarian, Wayne County, Ohio, Public Library, 1964-1965, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1967-1968;  children’s book editor, Booklist, 1973-85; children’s book editor, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, 1985-94.  Instructor, University of Chicago, 1985-92; University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana School of Library and Information Science, 1992-99 .  Published articles and chapters in professional journals and anthologies. Member American Library Association; Children’s Reading Roundtable; International Reading Research Society for Children’s Literature; International Board on Books for Young People.  Judge for National Book Awards, 1975; American Book Awards, 1981. Recipient of American Library Association’s Agnes Sayer Klein Award for graduate study, 1979; Children’s Reading Round Table award, 1982, and many awards for her books. Named professor emerita on her retirement from the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, 1999.


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Beauty and the Beast; Visions and Revisions of an Old Tale. Chicago; University of Chicago Press, 1989.

The Canine Connection:  Stories about Dogs and People.  NY: Simon and Schuster, 2003.

Choosing Books for Children:  A Commonsense Guide.  NY: Delacorte, 1981; 3rd edition, , University of Illinois Press, 1999.

Eli’s Ghost. New York; Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1987

Eliza’s Dog.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998.

Hauntings and Other Tales of Danger, Love, and Sometimes Loss.  NY: Greenwillow, 2007.

Listening for Leroy.  NY; Simon and Schuster, 1998.

Love Lines; Poetry in Person. New York; Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1987.

Home. New York; Atheneum, 1979.

Polaroid and Other Poems of View. New York; Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1991.

Seven Brave Women.  NY: Greenwillow, 1997.

South Star. New York; Atheneum, 1977.

Who’s in the Hall?  A Mystery in Four Chapters.  NY: Greenwillow, 2000.

Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs.  NY: Simon and Schuster, 2001.


Beauties and Beasts. Oryx Press, 1993.

The Zena Sutherland Lectures, 1983-1992. NY: Clarion, 1993.


The Best in Children’s Books:  The University of Chicago Guide to Children’s Books, 1985-1990.  University of Chicago Press, 1991.

Celebrating Children’s Books. New York; Lothrop, 1981.

Evaluating Children’s Books: A Critical Look. University of Illinois Press, 1993.

Story: From Fireplace to Cyberspace.  University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 1999.