Hazel Hutchins Wilson was born in Portland, Maine and earned degrees at Bates College and Simmons College. In 1930, she married Jerome Wilson. She held many positions in libraries, including as a high school librarian; librarian at Northeast Missouri State Teacher's College (now Northeast Missouri State University); as head of the circulation department of the American Library in Paris, France, 1926-1928; librarian at Bradford Academy in Massachusetts; supervisor of school libraries in Denver, Colorado; and lecturer at George Washington University in Washington D.C. She was the author of numerous books for children and young people. Among her works was a popular series of children's books featuring Herbert, a character based on her son. She wrote frequently about geographic features, such as the river Seine in France, and well-known historical figures, such as President George Washington and Washington Irving. She also taught writing classes for children, gave public lectures, and did some radio and television work. She was a member of the American Newspaper Women's Club, the Children's Book Guild of Washington, D.C., and Women in Communication.