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Sheila Agnes Egoff

b. January 20, 1918, Auburn, Maine; d. May 22, 2005, Vancouver, BC


1938, Diploma in Librarianship
1948, BA (Toronto);
1949, Diploma in Librarianship (London)
1950, British FLA


1938-1942, Librarian. Galt Public Library
1942-1952, Children's Librarian, Boys and Girls House, Toronto Public Library
1952-1957, Reference Librarian, Toronto Public Library
1957-1962, Editor, Canadian Library Association
1962-1984, Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia


Egoff, Sheila A. (1981). Thursday's child: trends and patterns in contemporary children's literature. Chicago: American Library Association.

Egoff, Sheila A. (1988). World within: children's fantasy from the Middle Ages to today. Chicago: American Library Association.

Egoff, Sheila A. G.T. Stubbs and L.F. Ashley, eds. (1996). Only connect: readings on children's literature 2d ed. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Egoff, Sheila A. (2005). Once upon a time: my life with children's books. Orca Book Publishers.

Egoff, Sheila A. and Judith Saltman. (1990). The new republic of childhood: A critical guide to children's literature in English. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Egoff, Sheila A., Margaret Burke, Ronald Hagler and Joan Pert. (1992). Canadian children's books, 1799-1939, in the Special Collections and University Archives Division, University of British Columbia library: a bibliographical catalogue. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Library.


American Library Association, Canadian Library Association, Library Association (UK), British Columbia Library Association
Association of British Columbia Librarians


1994, Officer of the Order of Canada, Honorary Doctorates from University of Victoria, University of Alberta, and University of New Brunswick
1982, American Library Association Ralph R. Shaw Award for Library Literature (for Thursday's child)
1983, University of Utah, 5th Landau Award for Excellence in Teaching and Young Adult Literature


Professor Egoff was instrumental in negotiating the transfer of the Osborne Collection of Early English Children's Books to Boys and Girls House, Toronto Public Library, 1949.


Saltman, Judith. (2005). Sheila Egoff, pioneer Canadian children's literature critic and professor of children's literature. Toronto: Canadian Children's Book Centre. Accessed July 25, 2013.
Obit. Globe and Mail, May 28, 2005.
Directory of Library and Information Professionals (1988). Chicago: American Library Association. v. 1.
Library and Archives Canada. Celebrating Women's Achievements. Sheila Egoff. Accessed July 25, 2013.
Sheila Egoff biography at HLWIKI Canada. Accessed July 25, 2013.

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