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Elizabeth Janet Gray


(1902 - 1999)

Elizabeth Janet Gray

Elizabeth Janet Gray Vining (1902 – 1999), was an American professional librarian and author who tutored Emperor Akihito of Japan in English while he was crown prince. She was also a noted author whose children’s book, Adam of the Road, received the Newbery Award in 1943.


Adam of the Road (1942)

Adam of the Road is a novel by Elizabeth Janet Gray. Gray won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children’s literature in 1943 for this the book. Set in thirteenth-century England, the book follows the adventures of a young boy, Adam. After losing his spaniel and minstrel father, Adam embarks on a series of escapades throughout medieval England. Readers are given an accurate portrayal of medieval culture and society. The book is illustrated by Robert Lawson.


Author(s): Elizabeth Janet Gray
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Young Walter Scott (1935)

An imaginative biography of Sir Walter Scott’s youth.


Author(s): Elizabeth Janet Gray
Illustrator(s): Kate Seredy

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