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also known as Eleanor Frances Butler, Eleanor Frances Cameron

critic , Librarian , author

Eleanor Cameron was a Canadian-born American children's author and critic.


Eleanor Cameron was born on March 23, 1912 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Daughter of Henry and Florence Lydia (Vaughan) Butler. Her family moved to South Charleston, Ohio when she was three years old, and then to Berkeley, California when she was six. A few years later, her parents divorced. At age 16, she moved with her mother and stepfather to Los Angeles.


Cameron studied at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1931 till 1933.


Cameron worked as a clerk for the Los Angeles Public Library and then as a research librarian for the Los Angeles Board of Education and two different advertising companies (Foote, Cone & Belding and the Honig, Cooper & Harrington). She also served as the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Lecturer for the Library of Congress and was an advisory board member at the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. She rounded out her career as an editorial board member for Cricket magazine and for Children’s Literature in Education.

Her first book was actually an adult novel, entitled "The Unheard Music". Her children’s literature included stories in the futuristic series “Mushroom Planet,” including "Mr. Bass’s Planetoid". She authored other books such as "A Spell Is Cast", "A Room Made of Windows", etc.


  • Cameron was named Distinguished contributor to the Field of Children's Literature California State, Los Angeles in 1965. Besides winning the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Cameron's other awards included the 1972 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for "A Room Made of Windows", National Book Award runner-up in 1976 for "To the Green Mountains". She also received Kerlin award from the University of Minnesota in 1985, and Hope S. Dean Member award in 1995.



Cameron was a member of Children's Literature Association, Save-the-Redwoods League, Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Wilderness Society, Authors League. She was also a member of editorial board at Cricket Magazine, LaSalle, Illinois since 1973, and a member of editorial board at Children's Literature in Education since 1982.


She married Ian Stuart Cameron in June 24, 1934. She had a son, David Gordon.

Henry Butler

Florence Lydia (Vaughan) Butler

Ian Stuart Cameron

David Gordon