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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ida Chittum  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1918 in Canton, Ohio


Illinois Connection

Ida lived in Findley, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ida, who was educated through the eighth grade in a one-room school house, was a prolific reader and advocate of literacy. She was instrumental in bringing a library to her longtime home of Findlay, Ill., and was the first woman to act as commencement speaker at Findlay High School. In addition to her many books she was a popular speaker to school children.

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Titles At Your Library


-- Lewis Carroll Shelf Award of University of Wisconsin for Farmer Hoo and the Baboons; certificate of appreciation from Mobile Media, 1975; award of recognition from Central Missouri State University for outstanding contribution to children's literature, 1977.