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George Ella Lyon


George Ella Lyon

George Ella Lyon is a Kentucky author who has published in many genres, including picture books, poetry, juvenile novels, and articles. George Ella Lyon was born in Harlan, a small coal mining town in eastern Kentucky. Her books frequently take place in Appalachia. She married Steve Lyon, a musician, in 1972, and had two children with him. She earned a B.A. at Centre College in Kentucky in 1971, her M.A. at the University of Arkansas in 1972, and her Ph.D. at Indiana University--Bloomington in 1978.

She first published in 1983, a poetry collection called MOUNTAIN. Aside from publishing, she also taught writing at a number of colleges, including the University of Kentucky, Centre College, Transylvania University, and Radford University. She has also acted as an executive committee member for the Women Writers Conference. She currently teaches writing through workshops, conferences, and author visits.

George Ella Lyon

Books by George Ella Lyon

by George Ella Lyon - Children's 4-6, Children's 5-8, Picture, Poetry

From steamships to ghostships, to the little and big in-between ships, this fun, rhyming book explores a wide array of boats. The third in George Ella Lyon’s transportation series, BOATS FLOAT! Takes to the seas with dynamic illustrations that will keep even the youngest of readers eager to turn the page.

written by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by August Hall - Nature, Picture

The forest sees every season, from the first snowflake to the blossoming flower buds. The forest sees the ever-moving life in nature and the beauty it emanates. With lyrical language and rich and textured illustrations, What Forest Knows takes you on a hike through the trees, beyond the meadows, between the deer and foxes, and into the heart of the outdoors.

written by J. Patrick Lewis and George Ella Lyon - Nonfiction

The powerful poems in this poignant collection weave together multiple voices to tell the story of the March on Washington, DC, in 1963. From the woman singing through a terrifying bus ride to DC, to the teenager who came partly because his father told him, “Don’t you dare go to that march,” to the young child riding above the crowd on her father’s shoulders, each voice brings a unique perspective to this tale. As the characters tell their personal stories of this historic day, their chorus plunges readers into the experience of being at the march—walking shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers, hearing Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech, heading home inspired.