Born October 7th, 1893 in Trinidad, British West Indies, Alice Dalgliesh came to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, to study kindergarten education; she went on to earn a Master in English Literature from Teachers College, Columbia University and taught for many years at the Horace Mann School, while also serving here as as Instructor in children's literature and writing. Dalgliesh was a well-known, prolific author of children's books, having published over 40 fiction and nonfiction works, three of which received recognition as Newbery Medal Honors: The Silver Pencil (1945); The Bears on Hemlock Mountain (1952); and The Courage of Sarah Noble (1954). She served until 1960 as children book editor at Scribner's, where she founded the Children's Book Division in 1934, after initially editing the company's social studies textbooks; detail, accuracy, plausible characters, and dramatic plots signified her approach to writing highly-regarded historical fiction. She became the first president of the Children's Book Council, a non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting children's books and reading. Dalgliesh was an active speaker at professional conferences and was esteemed throughout the world for her significant contributions to the field of children's literature, as well as education.
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- Columbia To Teach By Radio: Initial Course Concerned With Child Training Will Commence Wednesday, Through WEAF. (1924, Oct 05). New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Fights 'Debunking' Of Mother Goose: Teachers College Does Not Wish To Banish Fairy Tales, Instructor Asserts. Opposes Modern Version "Three Bears" and "Three Little Pigs" Put At Head Of Children's Stories By Miss Dalgliesh. (1929, Dec 01). New York Times (1923-Current File)
- The Piper. (1934, Oct 29). The Song Of the Books. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- Special to the New York Herald (1937, May 17). Children's Book Forum To Open in Westchester: Authors and Artists To Talk Today and Tomorrow. New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962)
- Becker, L. M. (1940, Mar 17). Books For Young People. New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962)
- Buell, E.L. (1942, Feb 15). Wings Around South America. By Alice Dalgliesh. With Illustrations By Katherine Milhous. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Buell, E. L. (1944, Dec 10). The Silver Pencil. By Alice Dalgliesh. Decorations By Katherine Milhous. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Mathews, V. (1948, Nov 28). The Davenports Are At Dinner. By Alice Dalgliesh. Illustrated By Flavia Gag. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Smith, I. (1952, Jul 20). Lonely Tracks: The Bears On Hemlock Mountain. By Alice Dalgliesh. Illustrated By Helen Sewell. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Fenner, P. (1954, May 23). Connecticut Pioneer: The Courage Of Sarah Noble. By Alice Dalgliesh. Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Hodges, E. (1954, Nov 14). In Plymouth Colony: The Thanksgiving Story. By Alice Dalgliesh. With Illustrations By Helen Sewell. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Mercer, M. (1960, Apr 15). For Twenty-Six Sears She Edited Juveniles. New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962)
- Asbury, E. E. (1979, Jun 13). Alice Dalgliesh, 85; Children's Author: She Wrote More Than 40 Books -- Was An Editor At Scribner's - Immigrated To United States - a Perennial Favorite. New York Times (1923-Current File)
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- "At the Library Table", from The Horace Mann Kindergarten For Five-Year-Old Children, by Charlotte Gano Garrison, Emma Dickson Sheehy, and Alice Dalgliesh. New York: Bureau of Publications, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1937, p.4.
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