Once Upon a Time: My Life With Children's Books

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Orca Book Publishers, Sep 1, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 176 pages
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In Once Upon a Time: My Life with Children's Books Sheila Egoff tells the story of her working life, from her early voracious reading, through all her significant contributions to libraries in Canada and to our national understanding of our own literature for children. She brings both a critical eye and a personal touch to this book, which reads as a memoir and as an account of important developments in Canadian writing and librarianship. In this time of cuts to budgets for books and for librarians, there is much here to reflect upon.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
That Enchanted Ground
5
Where Shall We Adventure?
22
Onward Into Fairy Land
36
By the Side of the Sea
53
As Happy As Kings
72
Up the MountainSides of Dreams
96
Till I Can See So Wide
120
Other Little Children Shall Bring My Boats Ashore
135
Books Mentioned
163
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About the author (2005)

Sheila Egoff discovered the public library in her hometown of Galt, Ontario, at age eight. Her love of books led to a life devoted to the promotion of children's literature and librarianship. Sheila was the first curator of the famous Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, which she was also partly responsible for bringing to Canada. In 1962, she moved west to help set up the library school at the University of British Columbia. Many of today's children's librarians credit Sheila with instilling in them a philosophy of librarianship that values literary quality and bringing books to each and every child. Sheila is the author of several important books about Canadian children's literature. She passed away in May 2005.

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