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Jean Craighead George


(1982 Kerlan Award)

The Kerlan Award is given "in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children's literature." The books listed below are owned by the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Library.


George, Jean Craighead. (1971). All upon a stone. (Illustrated by Don Bolognese). New York : Crowell. 578 G348a

Traces the journey of a mole cricket as he explores the world above his burrow.

George, Jean Craighead. (2010). The buffalo are back. (Paintings by Wendell Minor). New York, N.Y. : Dutton Children's Books. 599.64 G348b

"In the mid-1800s seventy-five million buffalo roamed in North America. In little more than fifty years, there would be almost none." The death of the buffalo and the settlers' farming and ranching practices nearly destroyed the rich soils of the prairie, as drought made the farmland crumble to dust. To repair the land, farmers started using new cultivation practices. The Federal Government also set aside land in nature preserves, and hunted for strands of native grasses and native animals, especially the buffalo, to live on the preserves in balance and harmony.

George, Jean Craighead. (2009). The cats of Roxville Station. (Illustrated by Tom Pohrt). New York : Dutton Children's Books. INTR-FIC G347ca

Thrown into a river by a cruel human, a young tiger-striped cat fights to survive amid feral cats and other creatures near Roxville train station, aided by Mike, an eleven-year-old foster boy who is not allowed to have a pet.

George, Jean Craighead. (1968). Coyote in Manhattan. (Illustrated by John Kaufmann). New York : T. Y. Crowell Co. INTR-FIC G3484CO

A lonely, daydreaming, fourteen-year-old girl, who wants to do a great deed, sets loose a coyote brought to New York City aboard a freighter, and watches the city panic, the coyote suffer but survive, and herself grow to maturity.

Myers, Walter Dean. (2008). Executive order for nature In The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, Our White House : looking in, looking out. Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. 975.3 O93

More than one hundred leading authors and illustrators donate their talents to a collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, and poetry which looks at America’s history through the prism of the White House.

George, Jean Craighead. (1999). Frightful's mountain. New York : Dutton Children's Books. INTR-FIC G3484FR

As she grows through the first years of her life in the Catskill Mountains of New York, a peregrine falcon called Frightful interacts with various humans, including the boy who raised her, a falconer who rescues her, and several unscrupulous poachers, as well as with many animals that are part of the area’s ecological balance.

George, Jean Craighead. (1998). Giraffe trouble. (Illustrated by Anna Vojtech). New York : Disney Press. PRIM-FIC G3484GI

A young giraffe living on the African plains learns how to be wise as well as fearless when a lion attacks.

George, Jean Craighead. (2008). Goose and Duck. (Illustrated by Priscilla Lamont). New York, NY : Laura Geringer Books. PRIM-FIC G3485go

A young boy becomes the "mother" to a goose, who becomes "mother" to a duck, as they learn about the rhythms of nature together.

George, Jean Craighead. (1964). Gull number 737. New York : Crowell. INTR-FIC G3484GU

Luke Rivers and his father study gulls. To Luke, the work now seems useless, research for the sake of research. But after a plane crashes after encountering a flock of the birds, Luke realizes that their work has value after all.

George, Jean Craighead. (1966). Hold zero! New York : N. Y. Crowell Co. INTR-FIC G3484HO

Four high school students put months of effort into readying a rocket for firing but their efforts to launch it are almost thwarted in this compelling story of ingenious teenagers rebelling against conformity.

George, Jean Craighead. (1972). Julie of the Wolves. (Pictures by John Schoenherr). New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC G3485JU

While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

George, Jean Craighead. (1992). The missing 'gator of Gumbo Limbo : an ecological mystery. New York, NY : HarperCollins. INTR-FIC G3485MI

Sixth-grader Liza K., one of five homeless people living in an unspoiled forest in southern Florida, searches for a missing alligator destined for official extermination and studies the delicate ecological balance keeping her outdoor home beautiful.

George, Jean Craighead. (1969). The moon of the alligators. (Illustrated by Adrina Zanazanian). New York : Crowell. 597.98 G348m

A starving alligator tends her pond and waits impatiently for the October drought to bring food back to the ’gator holes.

George, Jean Craighead. (1967). The moon of the bears. (Illustrated by Mac Shepard). New York : Crowell. 599.78 G348m

Chronicles a year in a bear’s life as she responds to the instinctive calls to mate, dig a den for hibernation, awaken with the spring thaw and bear her cubs.

George, Jean Craighead. (1968). The moon of the chickarees. (Illustrated by John Schoenherr). New York : T. Y. Crowell. 599.36 G348m

From the day her babies are born until she is able to move them to a home closer to her food stores, a mother red squirrel defends her territory from invaders and observes the world around her.

George, Jean Craighead. (1969). The moon of the deer. (Illustrated by Jean Zallinger). New York : Crowell Co. 599.63 G348m

Chronicles a few hours for a yearling buck on a September day when, too young to fight for a mate, he is ostracized from the herd during mating season and alone must face a hurricane on the marshy coast of Connecticut.

George, Jean Craighead. (1968). The moon of the fox pups. (Illustrated by Kiyoaki Komoda). New York : T. Y. Crowell. 599.775 G348m

During the month of June, young foxes born in early April explore the world around their burrow and acquire grace and skill as they are taught by their parents to hunt and stalk.

George, Jean Craighead. (1969). The moon of the gray wolves. (Illustrated by Lorence Bjorklund). New York : Crowell. 599.74 G348m

Describes the winter landscape and wildlife of the Alaskan tundra through which the gray wolf pack runs on its November hunt for caribou.

George, Jean Craighead. (1969). The moon of the moles. (Illustrated by Robert Levering). New York : Crowell. 599.33 G348m

Describes the physical characteristics and habits of the mole who lives in underground tunnels and is busy throughout the four seasons.

George, Jean Craighead. (1968). The moon of the monarch butterflies. (Illustrated by Murray Tinkelman). New York, Crowell. 595.78 G348mm

Describes a female Monarch butterfly's solitary flight from Arkansas to Michigan as she lays the eggs that will hatch and repeat her life cycle.

George, Jean Craighead. (1991). The moon of the mountain lions. (New ed.). (Illustrated by Ron Parker). New York, NY : HarperCollins. 599.74 G348m

Describes the experiences of a young mountain lion during the month of August in his natural habitat on the side of Mount Olympus, in Washington State.

George, Jean Craighead. (1968). The moon of the mountain lions. (Illustrated by Winifred Lubell). New York : T. Y. Crowell. 599.75 G348m

Describes how the changes in nature during the month of August affect the animals as they get ready for winter, especially a young mountain lion searching for a mate.

George, Jean Craighead. (1967). The moon of the owls. (Illustrated by Jean Zallinger). New York : Crowell. 598.9 G348m

A great horned owl goes out on a mid-January night for an inspection tour of his domain and the animals within it.

George, Jean Craighead. (1967). The moon of the salamanders. (Illustrated by John Kaufmann). New York : Crowell. 597.8 G348m

On a rainy March night, a salamander returns to the spring pond for the ancient mating dance of the salamanders.

George, Jean Craighead. (1968). The moon of the wild pigs. (Illustrated by Peter Parnall). New York : T. Y. Crowell Co. 599.734 G348m

Describes animal and plant life in the drought-parched desert during the month of July and how a little wild pig adapts to this environment.

George, Jean Craighead. (1969). The moon of the winter bird. (Illustrated by Kazue Mizumura). New York : Crowell. 598.8 G348m

During a cold spell in December, a song sparrow that has not migrated south must adapt to the changes that winter brings.

George, Jean Craighead. (1990). One day in the tropical rain forest. (Illustrated by Gary Allen). New York : Crowell. 588.315 G348o

The future of the Rain Forest of the Macaw depends on a scientist and a young Indian boy as they search for a nameless butterfly during one day in the rain forest.

George, Jean Craighead. (1965). Spring comes to the ocean. (Illustrated by John Wilson). New York : Crowell. 574.92 G348s

Chronicles the response of the creatures of the ocean to the coming of spring.

George, Jean Craighead. (1983). The talking earth. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC G3485TA

Billie Wind ventures out alone into the Florida Everglades to test the legends of her Seminole Indian ancestors and learns the importance of listening to the earth's vital messages.

George, Jean Craighead. (1978). The wentletrap trap. (Pictures by Symeon Shimin). New York : Dutton. PRIM-FIC G3484W

A young boy living on the island of Bimini tries to make a trap to catch the rare wentletrap.

George, Jean Craighead. (2008). The wolves are back. (Paintings by Wendell Minor). New York, N.Y. : Dutton Children's Books. 599.773 G348w

For over a century, wolves were persecuted in the United States and nearly became extinct. Gradually reintroduced, they are thriving again in the West, doing their share to bring the ecosystem back into balance.

George, Jean Craighead. (1978). The wounded wolf. (Illustrated by John Schoenherr). New York : Harper and Row. PRIM-FIC G3484wo

As hungry animals close in on an injured wolf, hoping to feed on him after death, help arrives to change the odds.



George, Jean Craighead. (1970). Beastly inventions: a surprising investigation into how smart animals really are. (Illustrated by Jean Craighead George). New York : D. McKay. 591.5 G348b

The author takes young adult readers "on a fascinating tour of the extraordinary inventiveness within the animal kingdom."

George, Jean Craighead. (1959). My side of the mountain. (Illustrated by Jean Craighead George). New York : Dutton. INTR-FIC G3485MY

A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.

George, Jean Craighead. (2000). My side of the mountain trilogy. (Illustrated by Jean Craighead George). New York : Dutton Children's Books/Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC G3485MZ

The trilogy about Sam Gribley's adventures begins with My Side of the Mountain when Sam, a nature-loving boy runs away from the city to live off the land. His home is a tree; his hunting partner, a young peregrine falcon named Frightful. In the second book in the trilogy On the Far Side of the Mountain, Sam's younger sister, Alice comes to share his retreat and his adventures. In the concluding third book Frightful's Mountain, Frightful makes his journey towards independence.

George, Jean Craighead. (1958). Snow tracks. (Illustrated by Jean Craighead George). New York : Dutton. 591.5 G348s

A story of the little woodland creatures who leave messages with their tracks on a snowy day -- the white-footed mouse, the weasel, the skunk, the rabbit, the raccoon, the black bear -- and the little trapper.

George, Jean Craighead. (1962). The summer of the falcon. (Illustrated by author). New York : Crowell. INTR-FIC G3484SU

In the fields surrounding the Victorian house where her family spends the summer, June Pritchard trains her sparrow hawk, Zander, and her successful training of Zander teaches her about the intricacies of falconry, and broadens her knowledge of the natural world and herself.



George, John Lothar. (1954). Bubo, the great horned owl. (Illustrated by Jean Craighead George). New York : Dutton. 598.97 G348b

Tells the story of a pair of great horned owns and the many other forest creatures who reproduce their own kind as they live out their short life span.

George, John Lothar. (1956). Dipper of Copper Creek. (Illustrated by Jean George). New York : Dutton. INTR-FIC G3485DI

Presents the intersecting stories of a boy’s quest for independence during a stay with his grandfather in the Colorado Rockies and the maturation of a bird that lives in the waterfalls of a mountain stream.

George, John Lothar. (1950). Masked prowler : the story of a raccoon. (Illustrated by Jean George). New York : Dutton. 599.74 G348m

The story of Procyon, the raccon who was born in the Michigan forest, and of how he learned to find his food, make a safe home for himself, and know who were his friends and who were his enemies.

George, John Lothar. (1952). Meph, the pet skunk. (Illustrated by Jean George). New York : Dutton. INTR-FIC G3485me

The story of Meph, a little skunk, who is befriended and tamed by the young boy, Will Lite, and eventually returns to the wild.

George, John Lothar. (1949). Vison the mink. (Illustrated by Jean George). New York : E. P. Dutton. 599.7 G348v

Vison the mink was a hero to inspire respect and even a certain admiration, and from puppyhood to old age was adept at eluding trappers and rivals until he meets his match in an interloper, his own son and heir.

George, John Lothar. (1948). Vulpes, the red fox. (Illustrated by Jean George). New York : E. P. Dutton. INTR-FIC G3485VU

Vulpes, the smartest pup of the litter, eludes the hounds and the hunters for years, until he meets his match in farmer-hunter Buck Queen in this realistic and unsentimental story of a red fox.


Author Information

George, Jean Craighead. (1982). Journey inward. New York : Dutton. PS3557.E485 Z467 1982
Berman, R. (2001). Jean Craighead George. The Kerlan Awards in children's literature, 1975-2001 (pp. 65-68). St. Paul: Pogo Press. Children REF PN 497 .K47 2001
Educational Paperback Association : Jean Craighead George
Jean Craighead George Website
KidsReads.com : Jean Craighead George
Jean Craighead George (1919- ). (2007). In Something about the author (Vol. 170, pp. 65-73). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009
Jean Craighead George (1919- ). (2002). In Something about the author (Vol. 124, pp. 82-88). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009
Jean Craighead George (1919- ). (1992). In Something about the author (Vol. 68, pp. 78-85). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009
Jean Craighead George (1919- ). (1971). In Something about the author (Vol. 2, pp. 112-114). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

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