Author, editor, social activist.. Born– May 13, 1894 in Birmingham, Ala. Parents– Louis and Blanche (Loeb) Gelders. Married– Roy M. Sterne in March, 1917. Children– Two. Education– Smith College, A.B.; further study at  Columbia University and New School for Social Research. Taught in Rowayton, Conn., 1946-1950; editor at American Book Co., 1950-1956.  Member– American Civil Liberties Union, NAACP, Congress of Racial Equality, Southern Educational Fund, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Women for Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Died August 29, 1971.


Contemporary Authors online; bhamwiki


Amarantha Gay, M. D. New York; Dodd, Mead, 1932.

America Was Like This. New York; Dodd, Mead, 1941.

A Ball for Little Bear; an Ojibway Legend. New York; Aladdin Books, 1953.

Benito Juarez, Builder of a Nation. New York; Knopf, 1967.

Blood Brothers, Four Men of Science. New York; Knopf, 1958.

Balboa. New York; Knopf, 1960.

Blue Pigeons. New York; Duffold & Co., 1929.

Calico Ball. New York; Dodd, Mead, 1933.

Drums of Monmouth. New York; Court Book, Co., 1935.

European Summer. New York; Dodd, Mead, 1938.

Far Town Road.  Dodd, 1937.

His Was the Voice; the Life of W. E. B. DuBois. New York; Crowell-Collier Press, 1971.

How Rabbit Stole Fire; a Cherokee Legend. New York; Aladdin Books, 1954.

I have a Dream. New York; Knopf, 1965.

Incident in Yorkville. New York; Farrar & Rinehart, 1943.

Let the Moon Go By; a Book of Tall Tales. New York; Aladdin Books, 1955.

The Long Black Schooner, the Voyage of the Amistad. New York; Aladdin Books, 1953.

Loud Sing Cuckoo. New York; Duffield, 1930.

Mary McLeod Bethune. New York; Knopf, 1957.

Miranda Was a Princess; a Story of Old Spain. New York; Dodd, Mead, 1937.

No surrender. New York; Duffield and Green, 1932.

The Pirate of Chatham Square, a Story of Old New York. New York; Dodd, Mead, 1939.

Printer’s Devil. New York; Aladdin Books, 1952.

The Reluctant Dragon; a Play in Three Acts. New York; S. French, 1935.

Some Plant Olive Trees. New York; Dodd, Mead, 1937.

They Took Their Stand. New York; Crowell-Collier, 1968.

Watchtowers and Drums. New York; Aladdin Books, 1953.

We Live to Be Free. New York; Farrar & Rinehart, 1942.

White Swallow. New York; Duffold & Co., 1928.


Kathy Martin Series.  Golden Books, 1959-65.

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table. Golden Books, 1962.

The Sea.  Golden Books, 1959.


American Heritage series published by Aladdin.

“Blueprint for Tomorrow,” pamphlet series published by International Business and Professional Women.

Little Women.  Golden Books, 1954.

Moby Dick.  Golden Books, 1957.

The Bible, Designed to Be Read by People of All Ages. Chicago; Library Publishers, 1959.


A collection of the papers of Emma Gelders Sterne is held by the Special Collections Department at the University of Oregon Library.