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Barbara Cooney (1917–2000)

Author of Miss Rumphius

Includes the names: Barbara Cooney, Barbara Cooney, Barbara By Cooney

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Miss Rumphius 4,618 copies, 158 reviews
Island Boy 621 copies, 15 reviews
Eleanor 608 copies, 46 reviews
The Little Juggler 57 copies, 3 reviews
Peter and the Wolf Pop-up Book 51 copies, 1 review
Little Women (Illustrator, some editions) 14,809 copies, 230 reviews
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (Illustrator, some editions) 2,862 copies, 42 reviews
Ox-Cart Man (Illustrator) 2,654 copies, 88 reviews
Bambi: A Life in the Woods (Illustrator, some editions) 1,724 copies, 37 reviews
Roxaboxen (Illustrator) 1,716 copies, 39 reviews
Chanticleer and the Fox (Illustrator) 1,101 copies, 31 reviews
The Story of Holly and Ivy (Illustrator, some editions) 900 copies, 16 reviews
The Big Book for Peace (Illustrator) 671 copies, 13 reviews
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod (Illustrator, some editions) 582 copies, 20 reviews
Christmas in the Barn (Illustrator, some editions) 529 copies, 10 reviews
Kildee House (Illustrator) 524 copies, 5 reviews
Emily (Illustrator) 508 copies, 10 reviews
Letting Swift River Go (Illustrator) 389 copies, 8 reviews
Emma (Illustrator) 295 copies, 10 reviews
The Little Fir Tree (Illustrator, some editions) 270 copies, 12 reviews
The Man Who Didn't Wash His Dishes (Illustrator) 250 copies, 2 reviews
The Crows of Pearblossom (Illustrator, some editions) 243 copies, 9 reviews
Only Opal: The Diary of a Young Girl (Illustrator, some editions) 224 copies, 3 reviews
The Owl and the Pussycat (Illustrator, some editions) 168 copies, 5 reviews
When the Sky is Like Lace (Illustrator) 118 copies, 6 reviews
Squawk to the Moon, Little Goose (Illustrator) 94 copies, 1 review
Spirit Child: A Story of the Nativity (Illustrator) 84 copies, 5 reviews
Princess Tales (Contributor) 76 copies
The Remarkable Christmas of the Cobbler's Sons (Illustrator) 75 copies, 3 reviews
Best in Children's Books 01 (Illustrator) 68 copies
Just Plain Maggie (Illustrator) 57 copies
Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Spain (Illustrator, some editions) 56 copies
Best in Children's Books 21 (Illustrator) 51 copies
Best in Children's Books 25 (Illustrator) 51 copies
The Donkey Prince (Illustrator) 44 copies, 1 review
Best in Children's Books 03 (Illustrator) 32 copies
The Best Christmas (Illustrator, some editions) 26 copies, 3 reviews
Animal Folk Songs for Children (Illustrator) 26 copies
Peter's Long Walk (Illustrator) 23 copies
Demeter and Persephone: Homeric Hymn Number Two (Illustrator) 21 copies, 1 review
The House Mouse (Illustrator) 15 copies
Christmas Folk (Illustrator) 14 copies, 1 review
Hermes, Lord of Robbers: Homeric Hymn Number Four (Illustrator) 13 copies, 1 review
"I am cherry alive," the little girl sang (Illustrator, some editions) 12 copies
Dionysos and the Pirates: Homeric Hymn Number Seven (Illustrator) 12 copies, 1 review
Katie's Magic Glasses (Illustrator) 10 copies, 1 review
Pepper (Illustrator) 9 copies
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Barbara Cooney was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her father was a stockbroker and her mother was an artist who encouraged Barbara's talent for art. She attended private schools and graduated from Smith College before briefly attending art school in New York. A year later, she got her first commission: the illustrations for Ake and His World (1940) by Bertil Malmberg. During World War II, Barbara served in the Women’s Army Corps and married Guy Murchie in 1944. They had two children. The couple later divorced and Barbara remarried in 1949 to Charles T. Porter, a physician, with whom she had two children. In the course of her long career, Barbara Cooney illustrated more than 100 books. After receiving her second Caldecott award, she began to write books as well. In her final years, she lived in a house in Maine overlooking the sea.
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