About the Author
Eloise Greenfield is a celebrated poet and the author of more than forty books for children, including the Coretta Scott King Award winner Africa Dream; and the Coretta Scott King Honor books Mary McLeod Bethune and Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir, co-written with Lessie Jones Little.
Other titles by Ms. Greenfield include How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, a 2003 Best Children's Book of the Year (Children's Book Committee, Bank Street College of Education); I Can Draw a Weeposaur and Other Dinosaurs, a Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award Book; Rosa Parks, the first Carter G. Woodson Award winner; Sister, a New York Times Outstanding Book; Me and Neesie, an American Library Association Notable Book and Reading Rainbow Selection; and Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems, an Association of Children's Librarian's Distinguished Book, an American Library Association Notable Book, and the recipient of a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit Award."Honey, I Love," the title poem has also been illustrated as a picture book in honor of the collection's twenty-fifth anniversary of publication.
Ms. Greenfield is the recipient of the Hope S. Dean Award from the Foundation for Children's Literature and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children for the body of her work. She has received the Hurston/Wright Foundation's North Star Award for Lifetime Achievement; a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Moonstone Celebration of Black Writing; and has an Honorary Doctor of Education Degree from Wheelock College in Boston. Ms. Greenfield has also been inducted into the National Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent.
Ms. Greenfield was born on May 17, 1929 in Parmele, North Carolina. She moved with her family, as an infant, to Washington, D.C. where she continues to live today. She is the mother of a son and a daughter, and the grandmother of four.