Elizabeth Winthrop

Elizabeth Winthrop (born September 14, 1948),[1] also known as Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop, is an American writer, the author of more than sixty published books, primarily children's fiction.[2] She is best known for the classic middle-grade novel, The Castle in the Attic and its sequel The Battle for the Castle[3] which have been nominated for 23 state book awards and are considered children's classics.[4]


Elizabeth Winthrop was born in Washington, D.C. She is a daughter of the newspaper columnist and political analyst Stewart Alsop[5] and one of her siblings is investor and pundit Stewart Alsop II.[6] Her uncle was Joseph Alsop. Her grandfather was Joseph Alsop IV (1876–1953) married to Corinne Douglas Robinson (1886–1971). She is a great grandniece of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt[7] and first-cousin twice removed to Eleanor Roosevelt. Her great-grandmother was Corinne Roosevelt Robinson.

Winthrop graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. She married and divorced once before 2005. On March 26 of that year she married Robert Jason Bosseau (Jason), director of the drama program at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx. Her mother Patricia Alsop was then a retired American Red Cross medical research technologist.[8]

Winthrop lived in New York City, according to her page at GoodReads.com as of May 2010.


Her most recent children's book is Maia and the Monster Baby (Holiday House, 2012) illustrated by Amanda Haley.[9][10] Her most recent historical novel, Counting on Grace[11] was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the American Library Association,[12] the National Council of Social Studies,[13] the International Reading Association[14] and the Children’s Book Council[15] among others.

Some of her most popular picture books include Dumpy La Rue,[16] Shoes,[17] Dog Show,[18] Squashed in the Middle,[19] The First Christmas Stocking,[20] and The Biggest Parade.[21]

Selected booksEdit

  • Counting on Grace (Yearling, 2007[permanent dead link]) Jane Adams Peace Prize[22]
  • The Biggest Parade Illustrated by Mark Ulriksen (Henry Holt, 2006) ISBN 9780805076851, ISBN 0805076859
  • Squashed in the Middle Illustrated by Pat Cummings (Henry Holt, 2005) ALA Notable Book[23]
  • The Battle for the Castle (Yearling, 1994)
  • The Castle in the Attic (Yearling, 1985) Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award[24]

Complete list of booksEdit


  1. ^ "Family Tree". Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop. Retrieved 14 Mar 2017.
  2. ^ "Elizabeth Winthrop (Author of The Castle in the Attic)". Goodreads.com. 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  3. ^ "THE BATTLE FOR THE CASTLE - Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop". Elizabethwinthrop.com. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  4. ^ "Holiday House Book Page". Holidayhouse.com. Archived from the original on 2014-06-29. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  5. ^ "Day at Night: Stewart Alsop, newspaper columnist". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  6. ^ "Stewart Alsop II". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  7. ^ "DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT - Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop". Elizabethwinthrop.com. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  8. ^ "Elizabeth Winthrop, Jason Bosseau" (marriage announcement). The New York Times. March 27, 2005. Page I15.
  9. ^ "Children's Review: Maia and the Monster Baby by Elizabeth Winthrop, illus. by Amanda Haley. Holiday House, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8234-2518-1". Publishersweekly.com. 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  10. ^ "Holiday House Book Page". Holidayhouse.com. Archived from the original on 2014-06-29. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  11. ^ "Counting on Grace". elizabethwinthrop.com.
  12. ^ "ALSC announces 2007 Notable Children's Books". ALA. 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  13. ^ "Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People" (PDF). National Council for the Social Studies. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-12-27. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  14. ^ "Children's Choices for 2007" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-28. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  15. ^ "Children's Choices for 2007 GRADES K–2" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  16. ^ "Children's Review: DUMPY LA RUE by Elizabeth Winthrop, Author, Betsy Lewin, Illustrator DUMPY LA RUEElizabeth Winthro $15.95 (40p)". Publishersweekly.com. 2001-04-16. ISBN 978-0-8050-6385-1. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  17. ^ "SHOES by Elizabeth Winthrop | Kirkus Book Reviews". Kirkusreviews.com. 1986-09-01. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  18. ^ Winthrop, Elizabeth. "DOG SHOW by Elizabeth Winthrop, Mark Ulriksen | Kirkus Book Reviews". Kirkusreviews.com. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  19. ^ "Squashed in the Middle, by Elizabeth Winthrop". Booklist Online. 2005-04-01. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  20. ^ "First Christmas Stocking, by Elizabeth Winthrop | Booklist Online". Staging.booklistonline.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  21. ^ "Biggest Parade, by Elizabeth Winthrop". Booklist Online. 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  22. ^ "Jane Addams Children's Book Award - Winners and Honor Books: 2004 - 2012" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  23. ^ "2006 Notable Books Announced". ALA. 2006-02-06. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  24. ^ "DCF Award Masterlist 1986-1987" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-12-14.[permanent dead link]
  25. ^ Elizabeth Winthrop; Amanda Haley. "Maia and the Monster Baby". Amazon.com. ISBN 9780823425181. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  26. ^ "ISLAND JUSTICE by Elizabeth Winthrop | 2940014545853 | NOOK Book (eBook)". Barnesandnoble.com. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2016-05-12.

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