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Karla Kuskin (1932–2009)

Author of Under My Hood I Have a Hat

Includes the names: K. Kuskin, Karla Kushin, Karla Kuskin, Karla Kuskin; Howard Fine (ill.)

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Karla Kuskin was born in Manhattan on July 17, 1932. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Yale University in 1955. Her first book, Roar and More (1956), was the result of her senior graphic-arts project, for which she had to design and print a book on a small press. She was the author or illustrator of more than 50 children's books during her lifetime including In the Middle of the Trees (1958); The Rose on My Cake (1964); The Philharmonic Gets Dressed (1982); The Dallas Titans Get Ready for Bed (1986); Jerusalem, Shining Still (1987); City Dog (1994); The Upstairs Cat (1997); Moon, Have You Met My Mother? (2003); and Traces (2008). She died of cortical basal ganglionic degeneration on August 20, 2009 at the age of 77. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Under My Hood I Have a Hat 504 copies, 10 reviews
The Philharmonic Gets Dressed 463 copies, 14 reviews
A Great Miracle Happened There 160 copies, 4 reviews
So, What's It Like to Be a Cat? 124 copies, 3 reviews
Jerusalem, Shining Still 121 copies, 2 reviews
Roar and More 83 copies, 2 reviews
Moon, Have You Met My Mother? 68 copies, 3 reviews
The Animals and the Ark 60 copies, 5 reviews
James and the Rain 57 copies, 1 review
I Am Me 55 copies, 7 reviews
Green as a Bean 50 copies, 4 reviews
The Upstairs Cat 49 copies, 2 reviews
City Dog 37 copies, 1 review
Eric Carle's Animals Animals (Contributor) 1,924 copies, 26 reviews
Eric Carle's Dragons, Dragons (Contributor) 639 copies, 19 reviews
O Ye Jigs & Juleps! (Illustrator) 396 copies, 4 reviews
The State of the Language [1980] (Contributor) 77 copies, 1 review
Credos & Quips (Illustrator) 36 copies
Going Barefoot and Other Poems (Contributor) 18 copies
Who Woke the Sun? (Illustrator) 2 copies

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Karla Kuskin grew up in New York City, and wanted to write and draw from an early age. Her many books include those written by her, or illustrated by her, and those she has both written and illustrated. She first became well-known with her 1956 book Roar and More, and went on to produce such award-winning and popular titles as In the Middle of the Trees (1959), The Philharmonic Gets Dressed (1982), The Dallas Titans Get Ready for Bed (1986), and The Sky Is Always in the Sky (1998). In 1979, she won a National Council of Teachers of English Poetry prize for her body of work.
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