Meet Vera B. Williams


Vera Baker Williams (1927-2015) grew up in the Bronx, New York. She had a first career as a teacher and artist, but she started writing and illustrating books in her late 40s. Her best known book is A Chair for My Mother, which won multiple awards including a Caldecott Honor. Many of her books reflect her life experience as a child of Jewish immigrants living in the city and struggling to make it. She cared deeply about preventing violence and preserving the environment. She had three children.


Watch this fun video of Vera B. Williams talking about “the chair books”:


Check out the other books in the A Chair for My Mother series:

Click the links below to see the books on Amazon:

A Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary Edition (Reading Rainbow Books)

Something Special for Me

Music, Music for Everyone (Rise and Shine)

A Chair for Always

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