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Ruth Krauss (1901–1993)

Author of The Carrot Seed

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Ruth Krauss was born on July 25, 1901 in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended the Peabody Institute of Music. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Parsons School of Fine and Applied Art and studied anthropology at Columbia University. In 1941, she married David Johnson Leisk, who wrote and illustrated children's books as Crockett Johnson. They occasionally worked together. Her first book, A Good Man and His Good Wife, was published in 1944. She was credited as being one of the first authors to use minimal text, concentrating on precise language and working closely with an illustrator. She wrote more than 30 children's books during her lifetime including The Carrot Seed, I Can Fly, and A Hole Is to Dig: A First Book of First Definitions. She received the Caldecott Medal for The Happy Day in 1950 and A Very Special House in 1954. She also wrote verse plays and poetry for adults. She died on July 10, 1993 at the age of 91. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Carrot Seed 3,363 copies, 59 reviews
The Happy Day 873 copies, 13 reviews
A Hole is to Dig 811 copies, 14 reviews
I Can Fly 462 copies, 9 reviews
Bears 389 copies, 13 reviews
The Carrot Seed Board Book 352 copies, 2 reviews
A Very Special House 332 copies, 9 reviews
I'll Be You and You Be Me 205 copies, 4 reviews
The Growing Story 200 copies, 12 reviews
Open House for Butterflies 178 copies, 6 reviews
The Happy Egg 168 copies, 2 reviews
The Bundle Book 122 copies, 6 reviews
The Backward Day 97 copies, 3 reviews
Is This You? 94 copies, 3 reviews
Goodnight Goodnight Sleepyhead 67 copies, 2 reviews
Big and Little 57 copies, 1 review
Charlotte and The White Horse 49 copies, 2 reviews
And I Love You 45 copies, 3 reviews
Roar Like a Dandelion 33 copies, 1 review
The Carrot Seed (Board Book) 25 copies, 1 review
Big World and the Little House 15 copies, 1 review
I Write It 2 copies, 1 review
Monkey day 2 copies
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Ruth Krauss was born in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from the Parson School of Design in New York City. During the 1940s, she was a member of the Writers' Laboratory at the Bank Street College of Education. In 1943, she married Crockett Johnson, a children's book author and illustrator. They collaborated on many books for children, among them such classics such as The Carrot Seed (1945). Her book A Hole Is to Dig (1952) was illustrated by Maurice Sendak. She produced more than 30 books for children in her career and also wrote poems for an adult audience.
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