The life of renowned Guelph author Jean Little will be celebrated


Event this Saturday at Three Willows United Church from 1 to 4 p.m.

Community members will gather on Saturday to celebrate the life and influence of internationally acclaimed Guelph author Jean Little, who died more than two years ago at the start of the pandemic.

The event will take place at Three Willows United Church on Willow Road from 1-4 p.m.

Little, who wrote more than 50 books in her career, including several revered children’s titles, died at Hospice Wellington on April 2, 2020 at the age of 88.

Little is perhaps best remembered for the many children’s books she wrote over the years, starting in 1962 with Mine For Keeps, the story of a nine-year-old girl named Sally who has cerebral palsy. .

His best known work is perhaps From Anna, a book published in 1972 about an immigrant who arrives in Canada just before the start of the Second World War. From Anna has sold over 130,000 copies worldwide.

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, then graduated from the University of Toronto.

After graduating, Little taught children with disabilities and began her writing, which often featured children facing challenges.

Born with scarred corneas, she was blind and had the help of a guide dog for many years. One of four children, she spent much of her life living with her sister.

Although best known for her children’s books, her works included novels, picture books, short stories, poetry, and two autobiographical works.

Little won numerous writing awards throughout his life and was a member of the Order of Canada.

Jean Little Public School in the south of the city is named in his honor.


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