About the Author
Virginia Haviland (1911–1988) was an American librarian and writer who specialized in children’s literature. She worked at the Boston Public Library for 30 years as a children’s librarian and as a readers’ advisor to Children. She was named head of the Children’s Literature Section of the Library of Congress in 1963. She also chaired the Children’s Services Division of the American Library Association and the Newbery-Caldecott Award Committee of the ALA. Haviland is also remembered for the Favorite Fairy Tales series, where she collected popular fairy tales from 16 countries and published them in dedicated volumes.