Sally Hobart Alexander

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Sally Hobart Alexander is an American writer of children's literature. She is best known for her books about her experiences as a blind person.

Born in 1943 in Owensboro, Kentucky, she was educated at Bucknell University. After her undergraduate degree, Alexander taught third-grade students in Southern California, when a rare disease caused blood vessels in her retina to break, which eventually led to total blindness, without even light perception. She told Contemporary Authors, "I was unhappy to leave that last year [of my teaching], when my visual difficulties began. I entered an excellent training program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for newly blinded adults. For a year afterward, I taught at the Greater Pittsburgh Guild for the Blind. Then I entered graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh and obtained a master's degree in social work. For three years I was a child therapist at St. Francis Hospital." She embarked on a writing career in children's fiction with the publication of her first book, Mom Can't See Me, in which Alexander depicts a loving family that has learned to cope with having a blind parent.

Alexander teaches literature and writing in the Chatham University Master of Fine Arts Program in Children’s and Adolescent Writing.


  • Mom Can't See Me, children's semi-autobiographical (New York: Macmillan, 1990).
  • Sarah's Surprise, fiction (New York: Macmillan, 1990).
  • Mom's Best Friend, children's semi-autobiographical (New York: Macmillan, 1992).
  • Maggie's Whopper, fiction (New York: Macmillan, 1992).
  • Taking Hold: My Journey into Blindness , nonfiction autobiographical (New York: Macmillan, 1994).
  • On My Own: The Journey Continues, nonfiction autobiographical (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997).
  • Do You Remember the Color Blue? And Other Questions Kids Ask about Blindness, nonfiction (New York: Viking, 2000).
  • She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer, (co-author with Robert Alexander) nonfiction (New York: Clarion Books, 2008).


  • Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2003. PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000119400.

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