Eleanor Graham

Eleanor Graham (born 9 January 1896 in Walthamstow, England; died 8 March 1984 in London) was a book editor and children's book author.

Eleanor Graham
Born(1896-01-09)9 January 1896
Walthamstow United Kingdom
Died8 March 1984(1984-03-08) (aged 88)
London United Kingdom
Occupationwriter, book editor
Genrechildren's literature
Notable works
The Children Who Lived in a Barn
Notable awardsEleanor Farjeon Award
est. 1966

She worked for Muriel Paget's aid mission in Czechoslovakia before becoming an editor for publishers Heinemann and Methuen Publishing and a reviewer of children's books at The Sunday Times, among others. During the Second World War, she became editor of Penguin's children's imprint Puffin Books.

After her retirement in 1961, she received the Eleanor Farjeon Award from the Children's Book Circle.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Graham's father was the editor of Country Life. She moved with her family from Scotland to Essex in 1900.[2] She attended North London Collegiate School.[3]


  • The Children Who Lived in a Barn (1938) Reprinted by Persephone Books in 2001
  • The Story of Charles Dickens (1952), as part of the Story Biography series
  • A Puffin Book of Verse (1953) (anthology)
  • The Story of Jesus (1960)[1]


  1. ^ a b Morse, Elizabeth J (2004). H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison (ed.). Graham, Eleanor (1896–1984). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Eleanor Graham". Authors. Persephone Books. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  3. ^ Ellis, Peter Berresford (10 December 2008). "Sophie Bryant (part 1)". Irish Democrat. Connolly Publications. Retrieved 31 January 2011.