Meet the Author

Eloise Greenfield

Portrait of Eloise Greenfield

Eloise Greenfield has been writing since she was in her early 20s and has published 38 children's books, including picture books, novels, poetry, and biographies. Her work often portrays strong, loving African American families and communities, such as the ones in which she grew up.

Mrs. Greenfield has won many awards for her writing, including the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, given by the National Council of Teachers of English. In 1999 she became a member of the National Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent.

Mrs. Greenfield was born in North Carolina and grew up in Washington, D.C., where she continues to live. She has a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Eloise Greenfield loves writing. She has said, "I love words…sometimes they make me laugh. Other times, I feel a kind of pain in struggling to find the right ones. But I keep struggling, because I want to do my best, and because I want children to have the best." Is there something you love doing that's also hard or frustrating sometimes?

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Other Books Written by Eloise Greenfield

  • Angels
    (illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist)
  • Grandmama's Joy
    (illustrated by Carole Byard)
  • For the Love of the Game: Michael Jordan and Me
    (illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist)
  • Childtimes: A Three Generation Memoir
    ((with Lensie Jones Little)
  • She Comes Bringing Me That Little Baby Girl
    (illustrated by John Steptoe)
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
    (illustrated by Jerry Pinkney)
  • Night on Neighborhood Street
    (illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist)
  • Daydreamers
    (illustrated by Tom Feeling)
  • Honey, I Love and Other Poems
    (illustrated by Diane and Leo Dillon)
  • Sister
    (illustrated by Moneta Barnett)
  • Talk About a Family
    (illustrated by Eloise Greenfield)
    (illustrated by James Calvin)
  • Under the Sunday Tree
    (illustrated by Amos Ferguson)