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Author Jean Little on realism and writing for children

The Story

Children’s writer Jean Little is in the Morningside studio with guest host Jeffrey Kofman to talk about her first picture book and volume two of her memoirs.  They discuss her loss of what little eyesight she had, her guide dog Zephyr, and how her writing became easier with her talking computer “Sam”.  Known for her unsentimental, realistic stories about the difficulties children and teens can encounter in life, she talks to him about writing with candour about dealing with her own struggles.

Broadcast Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Interviewer: Jeffrey Kofman
Guest: Jean Little
Broadcast Date: Dec. 31, 1990
Duration: 19:59

Did You know?

• Jean Little was born Jan. 2, 1932 in Taiwan.  Her family moved back to Canada, to Toronto, in 1939.

• Little's first book, Mine for Keeps, was published in 1962, and won the Little Brown Canadian Children's book Award.

His Banner Over Me, the book she was working on at the time of this interview, was published in 1995 and won the IODE Violet Downie Award.  

Stars Come Out Within was nominated for a 1991 Governor General's book award, and was the second volume of her memoirs.  The first volume, Little by Little: A Writer's Education was published in 1987.








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