"Getting Books from Life: Lois Lenski, Documentary Writer for Children,"
Presented by Dr. Joy Kasson,
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room
Jackson Library 2nd floor.
A Midwestern girl who journeyed to New York to study art in 1915, Lois Lenski became a writer and illustrator of children’s books in a career that lasted for four decades. Curious, generous, and empathetic, she hoped her work would awaken and develop children’s ability to identify with others across divisions of region and social class. In 1946 she was awarded the Newbery Medal for Children’s Literature for Strawberry Girl, a story about children and their families in the backwoods of Florida. Subsequently she would write about migrant worker children, cotton-picking children, families in Iowa, South Dakota, Michigan, Texas, and Oklahoma, in Chinatown, San Francisco, on Indian reservations, and in high-rise urban ghettos. Her experience at the Art Students’ League in Ne…