Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir is a 1979 book about three women's remembrances of their childhoods from the late 19th century through the 20th century: children's author Eloise Greenfield, her mother, Lessie Jones Little, and her grandmother, Pattie Ridley Jones.

Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir
AuthorEloise Greenfield, Lessie Jones Little, Pattie Ridley Jones
IllustratorJerry Pinkney
GenreChildren's literature, U.S history, Memoir
Published1979 (Crowell)
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint (hardback)



The Horn Book Magazine, in a discussion of school-age memoirs, wrote of Childtimes, "Readers experience the accumulated joys and sorrows of one family’s history ... Illustrations by Jerry Pinkney, along with period photographs, enhance the stories’ emotional and historical relevance for middle graders."[1] The Washington Post recommended Childtimes "for all parents who wish to present to their children the very best in literature."[2]

It has also been reviewed by Publishers Weekly,[3] School Library Journal,[4] and Hurricane Alice magazine.[5]




  1. ^ Ernie Cox (September 1, 2014). "What Makes a Good Middle-Grade Memoir?". Horn Book Magazine. Media Source. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  2. ^ Mathis, Sharon Bell (May 10, 1987). "Celebrating The Black Experience". Washington Post. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz LLC. September 11, 1992. Retrieved January 20, 2017. The loving, snapshot-like reminiscences ... of three African American women are embellished with family photographs and evocative drawings.
  4. ^ "Childtimes (Book Review)". School Library Journal. 26 (4). Media Source: 85. December 1979. Retrieved January 27, 2017.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Putting Their Business in the Street". Hurrican Alice. 4 (2). Women's Learning Institute, Hurricane Alice Foundation: 7. March 1987. Retrieved January 27, 2017.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Past Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners: 1980 - Nonfiction". May 30, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "Coretta Scott King Book Awards - All Recipients, 1970-Present". American Library Association. 5 April 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2017.