Francelia McWilliams Butler (April 25, 1913 – September 17, 1998) was an American scholar, pioneer and writer of Children's Literature. She is also known for creating the International Peace Games.
First a journalist then a professor, Francelia Butler taught at the University of Connecticut. Mrs. Butler taught one of the most popular classes on campus from the 1960s to the early 1990s. Officially "Children's Literature 200," students affectionately nicknamed the class "Kiddie Lit," and its class schedule included guest lecturers from Dr. Benjamin Spock to Madeline L'Engle. Mrs. Butler retired from UCONN in 1992.
Francelia Butler founded the scholarly journal Children's Literature.
The Graduate Program of Children's Literature at Hollins University founded an annual conference in memory of Francelia. Not only did she found the literary journal Children's Literature which is currently edited at Hollins University by Julie Pfeiffer with R. H. W. Dillard, she also donated her own extensive collection of children's literature when much of the university's own collection was ruined in a flood.
Books and Articles
- The Lucky Piece
- The Relationship Between Moral Competence and Old Age in Richard II, 2 Henry IV, and Henry V
- Sharing Literature With Children: A Thematic Approach to Children's Literature
- Skipping Around the World: The Ritual Nature of Folk Rhymes
The Melted Refrigerator; Comedy and Combat in the Life of a Woman (2013)
- "The Legacy of Francelia Butler" www.franceliabutlerconference.org Retrieved 2 January 2010.