Elizabeth Yates was a prolific American author. She is perhaps best known for her 1951 Newbery Medal winning novel Amos Fortune, Free Man. She also received the Newbery Honor in 1944 for Mountain Born. She began her writing career as a journalist, writing travel articles for publications such as The Christian Science Monitor and The New York Times. Many of Yates' books were illustrated by British artist Nora Unwin.
Her autobiography consists of three volumes: My Diary â€“ My World, My Widening World, and One Writer's Way.