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Oct 07 2020 - 03:00 PM
Today In History: Alice Dagliesh Is Born

Born October 7th, 1893 in Trinidad, British West Indies, Alice Dalgliesh came to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, to study kindergarten education; she went on to earn a Master in English Literature from Teachers College, Columbia University and taught for many years at the Horace Mann School, while also serving here as as Instructor in children's literature and writing. Dalgliesh was a well-known, prolific author of children's books, having published over 40 fiction and nonfiction works, three of which received recognition as Newbery Medal Honors: The Silver Pencil (1945); The Bears on Hemlock Mountain (1952); and The Courage of Sarah Noble (1954). She served until 1960 as children book editor at Scribner's, where she founded the Children's Book Division in 1934, after initially editing the company's social studies textbooks; detail, accuracy, plausible characters, and dramatic plots signified her approach to writing highly-regarded historical fiction. She became the first president of the Children's Book Council, a non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting children's books and reading. Dalgliesh was an active speaker at professional conferences and was esteemed throughout the world for her significant contributions to the field of children's literature, as well as education.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

  • Mercer, M. (1960, Apr 15). For Twenty-Six Sears She Edited Juveniles. New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962)


  • See books by Alice Dalgliesh held at the Gottesman Libraries

  • Check out articles concerning Alice Dalgliesh in Teachers College Record, the official journal of Teachers College dating back to 1900. Be sure to create a free subscription if you are a current member.


  • Special Slide, Courtesy of Gottesman Libraries


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