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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Deborah Ruddell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD

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, Deborah Ruddell.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''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