Greenfield, Eloise

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Greenfield, Eloise Gender: F
Eloise Little
born on 17 May 1929 at 18:00 (= 6:00 PM )
Place Parmele, North Carolina, 35n49, 77w19
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 26°31' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 22°29 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 13°27'


American children's book author, biographer and poet famous for her descriptive, rhythmic style and positive portrayal of the African-American experience.

She began writing poetry and songs in the 1950s while working at the Patent Office, finally succeeding in getting her work published after many years of writing and submitting poetry and stories. After joining the District of Columbia Black Writers Workshop in 1971, she began to write books for children. She has published more than 40 children's books, including picture books, novels, poetry and biographies. She says that she seeks to "choose and order words that children will celebrate".

Dismayed by the depiction of blacks and black communities in popular media, Greenfield has focused her work on realistic but positive portrayals of African-American communities, families and friendships.

Her awards include the Washington, DC Mayor's Art Award in Literature (1983), a Recognition of Merit Award from the George G. Stone Center for Children's Books in Claremont, California (1990), and the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, given by the National Council of Teachers of English.

Greenfield lived in Washington, D.C. from an early age and throughout her adult life. In 1950, she married World War II veteran Robert J. Greenfield, a long-time friend. The couple had a son, Steven (born 1951), and a daughter, Monica.[6] They later divorced. Greenfield loved music and played the piano. She died of a stroke at the age of 92 on 5 August 2021.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Greenfield in "Something about the author: Volume 61": "Mama wasn't expecting me until the end of the month, but I fooled her - I was ready to see the world on the seventeenth of May. Daddy was downtown playing checkers ... I was born at six o'clock that evening."


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke (Terminal)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Stroke)
  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 92)
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Children's literature
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award