Margaret Hillert
Margaret Hillert

Margaret Hillert

1920-2014 (American)

Birthday: January 22

Over a million children worldwide have learned to read and to love reading thanks to Margaret Hillert. She developed her knack for writing exciting books for beginning readers during her 34 years as a first-grade teacher. She continued writing into her 90s, and published over eighty books for children. Margaret’s use of a controlled vocabulary of high-frequency words helps children gain confidence and reading fluency. Her wonderful stories spark their interest.

Margaret earned a teaching degree from Wayne State University in 1948, after completing a nursing degree in 1944 from the University of Michigan. In addition to children's books, Margaret authored a book of poetry for adults, wrote magazine articles, gave lectures, and always found time to read to children at her local library. In 1993, Margaret won a prestigious award from the Women's National Book Association for her contribution to early reading, but she believed her biggest reward to be the three generations of students (and counting!) she taught to read.

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