Nebraska Authors

Wilma Pitchford Hays

AKA: Mrs. R. Vernon

Born 1909-11-22 Fullerton, NE (USA)

Hays lived on the Rosebud Reservation as a very young girl and some of her books reflect her fascination with Native American life. She was in demand as a reviewer and speaker on children's literature. There is a long autobiographical essay from the published series "Something about the Author Autobiographical Series" in her Heritage Room Vertical File.

Places Lived

Ansley, NE
Fullerton, NE
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Other


Children's Literature; Adult Novels


University of Nebraska, student, 1928, 1930-31
New York University, student, 1953


Elementary teacher, 1928-31 in Nebraska
Professional writer and speaker on children's literature


Pilgrim Thanksgiving. 1955.
Christmas on the Mayflower. 1956.
Story of Valentine. 1956.
Freedom. 1958.
Fourth of July Raid. 1959.
Little Horse That Raced a Train. 1959.
Drummer Boy for Montcalm. 1959.
Eli Whitney and the Machine Age. 1959.
Easter Fires. 1959.
Samuel Morse and the Telegraph Wires. 1960.
Abe Lincoln's Birthday. 1961.
Little Lone Coyote. 1961. (Junior Literary Guide Selection)
The Hawaiian Way. 1961.
Highland Halloween. 1962.
The Pup Who Became a Police Dog. 1963. (Junior Literary Guide Selection)
George Washington's Birthday. 1963.
Little Hawaiian Horse. 1963.
The Scarlett Badge. 1963.
Cape Cod Adventure. 1964.
Little Hurricane Happy. 1965.
The French Are Coming. 1965.
Eli Whitney, the Founder of Industry. 1965.
Samuel Morse and the Electronic Age. 1966.
Pontiac. 1966.
Noko, Captive of Columbus. 1966.
The Goose That Was a Watchdog. 1967.
The Apricot Tree. 1968.
Mary's Star: A Tale of Orphans in Virginia. 1968.
May Day for Samoset. 1968.
Rebel Pilgrim: A Biography of Governor William Bradford. 1969.
The Burro That Ran Away. 1969.
Naughty Little Pilgrim. 1969.
The Young Saint Patrick. 1970.
Circus Mystery Girl. 1970.
The Open Gate. 1971.

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Wilma Pitchford Hays

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