Deborah Ruddell

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General Information

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Name: Deborah Ruddell

Pen Name: None

Born: 1949 in Terre Haute, Indiana



Illinois Connection

Ruddell resides in Peoria.

Biographical and Professional Information

Deborah Ruddell is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Before writing children’s books, she was an art teacher and a graphic designer.

As a child, Ruddell and her twin sister, Robin Luebs, would draw pictures and create stories in which they played the starring roles. Today, they both have gone on to become authors. Ruddell is a children's poet while Luebs also illustrates children's books including, Who Said Coo?, written by her sister.

Published Works

  • Today at the Bluebird Cafe: A Branchful of Birds, Simon & Schuster/Margaret K.Elderry, 2007
  • A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems, Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, 2009
  • Who Said Coo?, Beach Lane Books, 2010
  • The Popcorn Astronauts: And Other Biteable Rhymes, Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015

Titles at Your Library

Literary Awards

Today at the Bluebird Cafe

  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best for 2007
  • Kirkus Starred Review

A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk

  • 2010 International Reading Association (IRA) Teachers' Choice Book
  • ALA 2010 Notable Children’s Books
  • School Library Journal Best Books of 2009
  • The Bulletin Blue Ribbon Books
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • CCCB Choices
  • 2010 NCTE/CLA Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • Kirkus Starred Review

Who Said Coo?

  • 2X2 Reading List, Texas Library Association , 2011
  • Kids' Indie Next List, Summer 2010
  • ILLINOIS READS Book List Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016

The Popcorn Astronauts

  • Kirkus Starred Review
  • Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review
  • ILLINOIS READS Book List Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Deborah Ruddell on WorldCat


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