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Lois Lenski was born in Springfield, Ohio on October 14, 1893. After graduating from Ohio State University, she moved to New York to study art. She continued her studies in London, England and illustrate children's books written by others. She returned to the United States in 1921 and became an author and illustrator. In 1927, she published two books about her own childhood entitled Skipping Village and A Little Girl of 1900. She wrote nearly 100 books for children and young adults during her lifetime including the Mr. Small series, Bayou Suzette, Prairie School, Boomtown Boy, Judy's Journey, and High-Rise Secret. She received a Newbery Medal in 1946 for Strawberry Girl. She died on September 11, 1974 at the age of 80. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison… (more)
Strawberry Girl 2,930 copies, 42 reviews
The Little Train 628 copies, 16 reviews
Cowboy Small 391 copies, 8 reviews
Prairie School 381 copies, 2 reviews
The Little Fire Engine 330 copies, 14 reviews
Sing a Song of People 294 copies, 1 review
Cotton in My Sack 270 copies, 2 reviews
The Little Airplane 257 copies, 3 reviews
Judy's Journey 233 copies, 2 reviews
Blue Ridge Billy 173 copies, 1 review
Policeman Small 166 copies
Now It's Fall 165 copies, 6 reviews
Papa Small 157 copies, 6 reviews
The Little Sail Boat 156 copies, 3 reviews
Ocean-Born Mary 149 copies, 1 review
Phebe Fairchild: Her Book 147 copies, 2 reviews
Coal Camp Girl 133 copies
The Little Auto 128 copies, 2 reviews
Texas Tomboy 114 copies
Houseboat Girl 113 copies
The Little Farm 101 copies, 3 reviews
I Like Winter 100 copies, 5 reviews
Shoo-Fly Girl 93 copies
Flood Friday 88 copies, 1 review
Bayou Suzette 88 copies, 3 reviews
Boom Town Boy 78 copies, 1 review
Corn-Farm Boy 68 copies, 1 review
Spring is Here 63 copies
The Easter Rabbit's Parade 58 copies, 2 reviews
Big Big Book of Mr. Small 58 copies, 3 reviews
On a Summer Day 58 copies, 5 reviews
Mr. and Mrs. Noah 57 copies, 1 review
The Little Family 55 copies, 7 reviews
To Be a Logger 48 copies, 1 review
Mama Hattie's Girl 48 copies, 1 review
Deer Valley Girl 35 copies, 1 review
Peanuts for Billy Ben 34 copies, 1 review
We Live in the Country 32 copies, 1 review
A-Going to the Westward 22 copies, 1 review
Project Boy 20 copies
More Mr Small 15 copies, 1 review
Journey into Childhood 14 copies, 2 reviews
Davy's Day 10 copies
City poems 7 copies
Susie Mariar 6 copies, 1 review
Spinach Boy 3 copies
Surprise for Mother 2 copies, 1 review
Up to six 1 copy
Arabella and Her Aunts 1 copy, 1 review
The Little Engine That Could (Illustrator, some editions) 10,202 copies, 191 reviews
Pinocchio (Illustrator, some editions) 7,795 copies, 146 reviews
Betsy-Tacy (Illustrator) 2,385 copies, 51 reviews
Betsy-Tacy and Tib (Illustrator) 1,311 copies, 21 reviews
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill (Illustrator) 1,298 copies, 12 reviews
Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown (Illustrator) 994 copies, 11 reviews
A Newbery Halloween (Contributor) 411 copies, 3 reviews
Read-To-Me Storybook (Illustrator) 77 copies
The First Thanksgiving (Illustrator) 44 copies, 1 review
Mother Goose Rhymes (Illustrator, some editions) 37 copies
A Book of Princess Stories (Illustrator) 35 copies
Fairy Tales that Never Grow Old (Illustrator, some editions) 32 copies
They Came from France: Pierre's Lucky Pouch (Illustrator, some editions) 32 copies
Chimney Corner Fairy Tales (Illustrator) 25 copies
Told Under Spacious Skies (Foreword) 23 copies
Pinocchio [Adapted by Allen Chaffee] (Illustrator) 21 copies
Mother Makes Christmas (Illustrator, some editions) 12 copies
A Hat-Tub Tale; or, On the Shores of the Bay of Fundy (Illustrator, some editions) 5 copies
Chimney Corner Poems (Drawings) 4 copies
The Peep-Show Man (Illustrator) 4 copies
Golden Tales of the Southwest (Illustrator, some editions) 4 copies
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Lois Lenski was one of five children born to a Prussian immigrant father and a teacher mother in Ohio. She grew 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 autobiograph. 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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