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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)
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Strawberry Girl 2,610 copies, 41 reviews
The Little Train 553 copies, 15 reviews
Cowboy Small 357 copies, 8 reviews
Prairie School 339 copies, 3 reviews
The Little Fire Engine 287 copies, 14 reviews
Cotton in My Sack 239 copies, 2 reviews
Sing a Song of People 234 copies, 1 review
The Little Airplane 219 copies, 3 reviews
Judy's Journey 204 copies, 2 reviews
Now It's Fall 154 copies, 6 reviews
Blue Ridge Billy 153 copies, 1 review
Policeman Small 144 copies
Papa Small 143 copies, 6 reviews
The Little Sail Boat 139 copies, 3 reviews
The Little Auto 117 copies, 2 reviews
Phebe Fairchild: Her Book 115 copies, 2 reviews
Ocean-Born Mary 111 copies, 1 review
I Like Winter 99 copies, 5 reviews
Houseboat Girl 98 copies
Texas Tomboy 97 copies
Coal Camp Girl 97 copies
The Little Farm 89 copies, 3 reviews
Shoo-Fly Girl 81 copies
Bayou Suzette 78 copies, 3 reviews
Flood Friday 74 copies, 1 review
Boom Town Boy 65 copies, 1 review
Spring is Here 61 copies
Corn-Farm Boy 55 copies
On a Summer Day 55 copies, 5 reviews
Big Big Book of Mr. Small 54 copies, 3 reviews
Mr. and Mrs. Noah 54 copies, 1 review
The Little Family 51 copies, 7 reviews
The Easter Rabbit's Parade 48 copies, 1 review
Mama Hattie's Girl 41 copies, 1 review
To Be a Logger 38 copies, 1 review
Deer Valley Girl 27 copies, 1 review
Peanuts for Billy Ben 27 copies, 1 review
We Live in the Country 24 copies, 1 review
A-Going to the Westward 19 copies, 1 review
Project Boy 15 copies
Journey into Childhood 13 copies, 2 reviews
More Mr Small 13 copies, 1 review
Davy's Day 8 copies
City poems 5 copies
Susie Mariar 5 copies, 1 review
Spinach Boy 3 copies
Surprise for Mother 2 copies, 1 review
Arabella and Her Aunts 1 copy, 1 review
The Little Engine That Could (Illustrator, some editions) 8,496 copies, 183 reviews
Pinocchio (Illustrator, some editions) 7,083 copies, 124 reviews
Betsy-Tacy (Illustrator) 2,146 copies, 47 reviews
Betsy-Tacy and Tib (Illustrator) 1,192 copies, 21 reviews
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill (Illustrator) 1,187 copies, 11 reviews
Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown (Illustrator) 909 copies, 10 reviews
A Newbery Christmas (Contributor) 230 copies, 1 review
Read-To-Me Storybook (Illustrator) 68 copies
The First Thanksgiving (Illustrator) 37 copies, 1 review
Fairy Tales that Never Grow Old (Illustrator, some editions) 33 copies
Mother Goose Rhymes (Illustrator, some editions) 33 copies
A Book of Princess Stories (Illustrator) 31 copies
They Came from France: Pierre's Lucky Pouch (Illustrator, some editions) 26 copies
Told Under Spacious Skies (Foreword) 23 copies
Chimney Corner Fairy Tales (Illustrator) 23 copies
Pinocchio [Adapted by Allen Chaffee] (Illustrator) 22 copies
Mother Makes Christmas (Illustrator, some editions) 10 copies
A Hat-Tub Tale; or, On the Shores of the Bay of Fundy (Illustrator, some editions) 5 copies
Golden Tales of the Southwest (Illustrator, some editions) 4 copies
The Peep-Show Man (Illustrator) 4 copies
Chimney Corner Poems (Drawings) 3 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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