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- Strawberry Girl 1,175 copies, 24 reviews
- The Little Train 251 copies, 8 reviews
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- Cowboy Small 128 copies, 7 reviews
- The Little Fire Engine 118 copies, 6 reviews
- Cotton in My Sack 111 copies
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- Now It's Fall 93 copies, 4 reviews
- Judy's Journey 85 copies
- Blue Ridge Billy 70 copies
- I Like Winter 62 copies, 4 reviews
- The Little Airplane 61 copies, 2 reviews
- The Little Auto 59 copies, 2 reviews
- Pinocchio (Illustrator, some editions) 3,407 copies, 77 reviews
- Betsy-Tacy (Illustrator, some editions) 1,022 copies, 27 reviews
- Betsy-Tacy and Tib (Illustrator, some editions) 656 copies, 12 reviews
- Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill (Illustrator, some editions) 591 copies, 6 reviews
- Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown (Illustrator, some editions) 499 copies, 7 reviews
- Read-To-Me Storybook (Illustrator) 33 copies
- Mother Goose Rhymes (Illustrator) 24 copies
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- A Book of Princess Stories (Illustrator) 17 copies
- Stories Children Love (Illustrator) 15 copies
- Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (Illustrator, some editions) 11 copies
- Chimney Corner Fairy Tales (Illustrator, some editions) 11 copies
- They Came from France: Pierre's Lucky Pouch (Illustrator, some editions) 9 copies
- Fairy Tales that Never Grow Old (Illustrator) 7 copies
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Lois Lenski was one of 5 children born to a Prussian immigrant father and a schoolteacher mother in Ohio. She gew up in a rural community west of Springfield, and many of her fondest childhood memories were of life in this small town, according to her autobiography, Journey into Childhood. Lois was skilled at drawing, often copying pictures from books and magazines.
She attended Ohio State University, intending to become a teacher. After graduation, at the urging of her art professors, she moved to New York City to study at the Art Students League.
She took courses and supported herself with jobs such as lettering and painting greeting cards and drawing for fashion ads. In 1920, she traveled to London and Italy to study and work.
In 1921, shortly after returning from her travels, Lenski married Arthur Covey, an artist. She spent much of her early career as an illustrator of children's books, and then began to write her own stories to accompany her drawings. She published her first book, Skipping Village, in 1927. Lenski won the Newbery Honor for several of her books and the Newbery Medal in 1946. She was a prolific author who produced many regional series of books as well as character-based series.
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