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 (Gedney, 1936 - Trevignano Romano, 2019)[1] was a British-American writer who became famous 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 England, in 1936. As a child, Vigna was captivated by Beatrix Potter's books, and always dreamed of being an author and illustrator. Her first professional training was at St. Martin's School of Art in London, and used her artistic talent in public relations assignments. She later moved to New York, and studied at the School of Visual Arts at Queens College. She then worked for a bit as a copywriter for the advertising agency of Young & Rubicam, before moving into the illustration field after getting a degree in art therapy at Queens College

She worked with emotionally disturbed children, and it was those children that made her want to write.


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)[2]
  • Black Like Kyra, White Like Me (ISBN 978-0-8075-0778-0)[3]
  • She's not my real mother
  • Saying goodbye to Daddy (ISBN 0807572535)[4]
  • Gregory's stitches
  • Zio Pasquale's Zoo
  • Grandma without me
  • 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)


  1. ^ Catalogue record with table of contents for "Something about the author. Volume 102". Library Hub Discover. 1999. ISBN 9780787619848. Retrieved 5 March 2020. Judith Vigna (1936-) CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Boot Weather". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 5 March 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Black Like Kyra, White Like Me". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 5 March 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Saying Goodby to Daddy". Kirkus Reviews. 15 January 1991. Retrieved 5 March 2020. Another purposeful bibliotherapeutic story from this practiced author CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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