Meet the Author

Sally Hobart Alexander

Portrait of Sally Hobart Alexander

When Sally Hobart Alexander was 24 years old and a third-grade teacher, she never dreamed that she would become another kind of teacher in almost no time at all. One day, however, she noticed a black line flit across her field of vision. It quickly disappeared, but it was the first sign of a problem in her retinas (a part of the eye) that eventually left her completely blind.

Alexander rose to the challenge of her new life. She spent six months at a special school to learn Braille and life skills to adapt to her blindness. Then she got an apartment of her own and began a job teaching those same life skills to other blind people. In time she married and had two children, who are now grown. Her career as a writer began when her children were young. She now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In addition to her books for children, Sally Hobart Alexander has written two autobiographical books: Taking Hold: My Journey into Blindness and On My Own: The Journey Continues. She also gives speeches and leads writing workshops for children. All of Alexander's books have been put on tape for the visually impaired.

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Other Books Written by Sally Hobart Alexander

  • Mom Can't See Me
    (photographs by George Ancona)
  • Taking Hold: My Journey into Blindness
  • On My Own: The Journey Continues
  • Do You Remember the Color Blue? And Other Questions Kids Ask about Blindness