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Jean Craighead George

Protrait submitted by students from North Marion Middle School

By Shiloh and Jackie

Jean Craighead George was born in a family of naturalists. Her father, mother, brothers, aunts and uncles were students of nature. They lived in Washington D.C. After her father retired, they moved to Naples, Florida.

Even when Jean was young she tried to study animals. She began writing when she was in the third grade. She went to Penn State University and received a degree in Science and Literature. After her children were born, she returned to loving nature. She started bringing animals into her home and had 173 of them.

In 1973, her book Julie of the Wolves won a Newberry Medal and the American Library Associations award for most distinguished contribution to literature for children. She also received 20 other awards for her books. Jean has written a number of books. Below is a list of a few of them.

  • Acorn Pancakes & Dandelion Salad and 38 Other Wild Recipes
  • The Case of the Missing Cutthroats: An Ecological Mystery
  • The Grizzly Bear With the Golden Years
  • Julie (sequel to Julie of the Wolves)
  • Julie of the Wolves
  • Julie's Wolf Pack (third in the Julie trilogy)
  • My Side of the Mountain