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Karl, Jean

Born on July 29, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, Jean E. Karl was a legendary children’s book editor and author. She began her career at Scott, Foresman & Company working with the Dick and Jane readers, then moved to Abingdon Press as their children’s book editor. In 1961, she was asked to start the Children’s Book […]


Hunt, Irene

May 18, 1907, Irene Hunt came into this world, born to Sarah and Franklin Hunt. At the age of seven, Irene’s father died. Shortly afterward she and her mother moved to live with her grandparents on a farm in Illinois. Irene grew to be very close to her Grandfather and loved to listen to the […]


Gruelle, Johnny

Born in Illinois on December 25, 1880, John Barton Gruelle is best known for creating Raggedy Ann and Andy. He worked for several newspapers and magazines in Indianapolis and New York, illustrating their articles, and working on cartoon strips. In 1929, his comic strip, “Brutus,” began a nine-year run. In 1915, his daughter, Marcella, found her grandmother’s […]


Gorey, Edward

Born on February 25th, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois, Edward St. John Gorey learned to read at an early age, devouring Dracula, Alice in Wonderland, and the novels of Victor Hugo by the time he was eight. He took his only formal art training at the Chicago Art Institute in 1943, moving on to Harvard, from […]


Aldis, Dorothy Keely

Dorothy Keeley Aldis was born in Chicago on March 13, 1896. Her father was the managing editor of the Chicago Tribune and the young Dorothy lived around books and the written word her entire life. She wrote books and poetry for adults and children, but her children’s work is still remembered today. Her poems may be found […]