We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jean Little, a renowned Canadian writer, best known for her work for young people.
From Guelph Today
Ms. Little passed away in the early hours of Monday (April 6, 2020) morning at Hospice Wellington. She was 88.
She is best remembered for the many children’s books she wrote over the years, beginning in 1962 with Mine For Keeps, the story of a nine-year-old girl named Sally who had cerebral palsy.
Ms. Little was born in 1932 in Taiwan where her doctor parents were missionaries. They returned to Canada in 1939 and settled in Guelph in 1940.
She attended Victory Public School, Guelph CVI high and then graduated from the University of Toronto.
Upon graduation, Ms. Little taught children with disabilities and began her writing, which often featured children facing challenges.
While best known for her children’s books, her works included novels, picture books, short stories, poetry and two autobiographical works.
She won numerous writing awards throughout her life and was a Member of the Order of Canada.
Jean Little Public School in the city’s south end is named in her honour.
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