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Margery Williams (1881–1944)

Author of The Velveteen Rabbit

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About the Author

Author Margery Williams was born in London, England on July 22, 1881. She moved to the United States when she was nine-years-old and alternated between living in the United States and England for the rest of her life. She is best known for her thirty children's books, but she also wrote novels for show more adults and young adults. Her most popular works include The Velveteen Rabbit, Poor Cecco: The Wonderful Story of a Wonderful Wooden Dog Who Was the Jolliest Toy in the House Until He Went Out to Explore the World, and The Little Wooden Doll. Her young adult book, Winterbound, was a runner-up for the 1937 Newbery Medal and was retroactively given the Newbery Honor award when it was established in 1971. She died on September 4, 1944 at the age of 63. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Portrait of Margery Williams by James Bolivar Manson, 1911

Works by Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit (1922) 14,150 copies
Winterbound (1936) 73 copies
The Little Wooden Doll (1765) 48 copies
Tales from a Finnish Tupa (1936) — Joint Author., some editions — 46 copies
Poor Cecco (1925) 31 copies
The Five-and-a-Half Club (1942) 24 copies
A Street of Little Shops (1932) 11 copies
The Hurdy-Gurdy Man (1933) 8 copies
Bright morning, (1942) 7 copies
Seven Silly Wise Men (1970) 7 copies
The Velveteen Rabbit (1987) 7 copies
The Thing in the Woods (2015) 6 copies
Forward, Commandos! (1947) 6 copies
The good friends (1934) 5 copies
Rufus, the fox (1937) 4 copies
Other People's Houses (1939) 3 copies
The Adventures of Andy (1927) 3 copies
All About Pets (1938) 3 copies
The Velveteen Rabbit [play] (1986) — Original story — 3 copies
The Candlestick 2 copies
The apple tree (1926) 2 copies
Franzi and Gizi (1941) 2 copies
Velveteen Rabbit Abridged (2003) 2 copies
Poor Cecco 1 copy

Associated Works

The Fireside Book of Christmas Stories (1945) — Contributor — 285 copies
The New Junior Classics Volume 07: The Animal Book (1938) — Contributor — 200 copies
Best in Children's Books 10 (1958) 152 copies
Best in Children's Books 06 (1958) 87 copies
Best in Children's Books 21 (1959) 87 copies
Best in Children's Books 19 (1959) 75 copies
Best in Children's Books 35 (1960) 74 copies
Best in Children's Books 26 (1959) 70 copies
The Velveteen Rabbit [2009 film] (2009) — Author — 57 copies
A Golden Land (1958) — Contributor — 42 copies
3-Minute Stories: Bedtime Tales (2006) — Contributor — 38 copies
Lisbeth Longfrock (1903) — Translator, some editions — 26 copies
Open the Door (1965) — Contributor — 22 copies
The Velveteen Rabbit (Cherished Fairy Tales) (1995) — Original Author — 20 copies
Tales Out Of Dunwich (2004) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Velveteen Rabbit [1985 TV movie] (1985) — Original story — 8 copies
Vintage Christmas Tales: A Holiday Anthology (2022) — Contributor — 7 copies
Sølve Suntrap ... Translated by Anna Barwell (1910) — Translator, some editions — 6 copies
Writing Books for Boys and Girls (1952) — Contributor, some editions — 5 copies
The Velveteen Rabbit (Clay Classics) [2004 film] (2003) — Original book — 4 copies
Juniper Farm, "Il était quatre petits enfants" — Translator, some editions — 3 copies
Bruin's Midnight Reader (2021) — Contributor, some editions — 3 copies


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Williams, Margery
Other names
Bianco, Margery Williams
Williams, Margery Winifred
Bianco, Margery
Williams, Harper (pseudonym)
Date of death
UK (birth)
USA (naturalized)
Country (for map)
London, England, UK
Place of death
New York, New York, USA
Places of residence
London, England, UK
New York, New York, USA
Pennsylvania, USA
Turin, Italy
Convent School, Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania
children's book author
short story author
Bianco, Pamela (daughter)
Williams, Robert (father)
Awards and honors
Newbery Honor (1937)
Short biography
British-born Margery Winifred Williams moved with her parents to the USA in 1890. She became a professional writer at age 19. In 1904, on a visit to her English publisher, she met and married Francisco Bianco, an Italian living in London. The couple went to live in Turin, Italy, for many years. Margery eventually returned with her own family to the USA in 1921. She's best remembered today for The Velveteen Rabbit; or, How Toys Become Real. It became an instant classic and has been adapted many times as theater, radio, television, and animated films. In her final years, she interspersed writing novels for young adults with her children's books, and her daughter Pamela illustrated some of the works. Margery Willams won a Newbery Honor in 1937 for Winterbound.



I read this as a child and use to read it to my youngest when she was younger. It is one of my favorite childhood books. :)
Enid007 | 222 other reviews | Apr 11, 2024 |
At first a brand-new toy, now a threadbare and discarded nursery relic, the velveteen rabbit is saved from peril by a magic fairy who whisks him away to the idyllic world of Rabbitland. There, he becomes "Real", a cherished childhood companion who will be loved for eternity.
PlumfieldCH | 222 other reviews | Mar 22, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades 3-5
IRA/CBC Children's Choice award
LisaCook14 | 2 other reviews | Dec 7, 2023 |
Meanwhile, back in my umpteenth childhood, another book I read for the first time...

This beautiful, classic children's story about a boy and his toy rabbit, who becomes Real, is sweet, sad, and magical.
Steven1958 | 222 other reviews | Aug 23, 2023 |



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