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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None


Born: 1921 in Lincoln, Illinois

Illinois Connection

Pevsner was born in Lincoln and lived in Palatine and Chicago. She attended Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal for two years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stella Pevsner began writing children’s books in 1970 after a career in advertising and freelance writing because her son Stuart said his favorite author, Beverly Cleary, “didn’t write fast enough.” In all, she wrote 18 books.

A former president of the Society of Midland Authors, she went on to win many awards for her writing.

The ABC Afterschool Special, "Me and Dad's New Wife" was based off her novel "A Smart Kid Like You".

She continued writing into her 90's, publishing her last book, "Bubblegum Angel" in 2018.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """A Smart Kid Like You"""

-- *Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 1977

-- *Children’s Fiction Award, Society of Midland Authors, 1987


-- """And You Give Me a Pain, Elaine"""

-- *Golden Kite Award, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, 1978


-- """Cute is a 4-Letter Word"""

-- *Carl Sandburg Award, Friends of the Chicago Public Library, 1980


-- """Would My Fortune Cookie Lie?"""

-- *Children's Fiction Award, Society of Midland Authors 1996


-- """How Could You Do It, Diane?"""

-- *Carl Sandburg Award, Friends of the Chicago Public Library,


-- """Other Awards:"""

-- *Illinois Children’s Book Author of the Year, 1987