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Ida Chittum

Born: 1918 in Canton, Ohio
Died: December 1, 2002 in Bloomville, New York

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Ida lived in Findley, Illinois.

Biography: 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.

  • 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, 19

Primary Audience(s): Children; Children

Ida Chittum on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  A nutty business.
ISBN: 0399203532 OCLC: 707122

Putnam New York, [1973]

When Farmer Flint gathers nuts to sell in order to buy calico for his wife and daughter, the squirrels declare war.

Clabber biscuits.
ISBN: 0811477452 OCLC: 257462

Steck-Vaughn Co. Austin, Tex., [1972]

Farmer Grit finally stops trying to bake the biscuits that are his wife's speciality and concocts something that will help her get well.

Tales of terror /
ISBN: 0528821660 OCLC: 1364071

Rand McNally, Chicago : ©1975.

A collection of short stories set in the Ozarks dealing with natural and supernatural events.

  The cat's pajamas /
ISBN: 0836811240 OCLC: 6016173

Fred spends a lot of time and effort making his cat a pair of pajamas, but the cat won't wear them.

  The ghost boy of El Toro /
ISBN: 0448169274 OCLC: 12353821

Grosset & Dunlap, New York : 1982, ©1978.

Jason's summer running a tropical island clinic brings him into touch with a witch doctor, superstitious villagers, a ghost boy, and a monster.

  The secrets of Madam Renee /
ISBN: 0830901272 OCLC: 1325855

Independence Press, Independence, M.O. : ©1975.

A fourteen-year-old orphan, curious about her origins, becomes involved with a mysterious woman whose crystal ball and erratic ways have earned her a reputation as a disagreeable witch.

  The thing without a name, and other strange tales from the Ozark Hills /
ISBN: 0830902996 OCLC: 8363667

Independence Press, [Independence, Mo.] : ©1981.

Granny Grit entertains and terrifies her grandchildren with strange tales of her youth and the old days in the Ozark Mountains.