Judith Vigna

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Judith Vigna
Judith Vigna
EducationSt. Martin's School of Art Queens College
  • advertising copywriter
  • author
  • illustrator
Years active1975–present
Known forWriting children's books

Judith Helen Vigna (born 1936[1] ) was a British-American writer who became known in the late 1990s and early 2000s because of her children's books that covered controversial topics such as drug addiction, alcoholism, homosexuality, racism, death of beloved ones, monoparental families, depression, among others. The only information known about her is from the biographies at the end of her books.


Judith Vigna was born in 1936,[1] in England, and studied art both in London and in New York.[2] In 1987 she received the Jane Addams Children's Book Award for her book Nobody Wants a Nuclear War.[3]


She published books mainly in 1980s and 1990s

  • I live with Daddy
  • Daddy's new baby
  • Mommy and me by ourselves again
  • Anyhow, I'm glad I tried
  • Everyone goes as a pumpkin
  • When Eric's mom fought cancer
  • Couldn't we have a turtle instead?
  • Boot weather (ISBN 978-0-8075-0837-4)[4]
  • Black Like Kyra, White Like Me (ISBN 978-0-8075-0778-0)[5]
  • She's not my real mother
  • Saying goodbye to Daddy (ISBN 0807572535)[6]
  • Gregory's stitches
  • Zio Pasquale's Zoo
  • Grandma without me[7]
  • My Big Sister Takes Drugs
  • Uncle Alfredo's zoo
  • The hiding house
  • I Wish Daddy Didn't Drink So Much
  • The little boy who loved dirt and almost became a Superslob
  • Nobody Wants a Nuclear War
  • My Two Uncles (1995)[8]


  1. ^ a b Catalogue record with table of contents for "Something about the author. Volume 102". Library Hub Discover. 1999. ISBN 9780787619848. Archived from the original on 31 July 2022. Retrieved 31 July 2022. Judith Vigna (1936-)
  2. ^ "Judith Vigna, Author at Albert Whitman & Company". Albert Whitman & Company. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  3. ^ "CCBC: Jane Addams Book Award". www.ux1.eiu.edu. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Boot Weather". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Black Like Kyra, White Like Me". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Saying Goodby to Daddy". Kirkus Reviews. 15 January 1991. Retrieved 5 March 2020. Another purposeful bibliotherapeutic story from this practiced author
  7. ^ Golding, Jacqueline (8 August 2006). Healing Stories: Picture Books for the Big and Small Changes in a Child's Life. M. Evans. p. 170. ISBN 978-1-4617-3388-1. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  8. ^ Nelson, Emmanuel S. (14 July 2009). Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States [2 volumes]. ABC-CLIO. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-313-34860-0. Retrieved 31 July 2022.