Namesake of The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
Pen Name: None
Born: February 2, 1899 in Poor Fork (now known as Cumberland), Kentucky (Harland County)
Died: October 2, 1985
Caudill lived in Urbana, Illinois for nearly 50 years. She was a very active in the Champaign-Urbana community. She was the co-founder of the Champaign-Urbana Peace Council and served on the board of trustees for Urbana Free Library.
Biographical and Professional Information
Caudill was born in Kentucky in 1899. Her parents, who were both teachers, instilled in Rebecca and her 10 brothers and sister a love for the written word. The Appalachian region where she grew up provided more than scenery for Rebecca. From the independent and hard-working people who lived there, she learned the importance of simplicity and something she called "heart knowledge," an understanding of pepole that comes through living.
After working her way through college, Rebecca traveled worldwide, including Canada, Russia, and Brazil, before she married James Ayars who also wrote for children. They settled in Urbana, Illinois, where Rebecca carefully researched and wrote most of her books. Her books are known for their authentic depictions of settings and characters, and for evoking the lives of pioneers during the eighteenth-and nineteenth-century in America. Many of them won awards, and now the Young Readers' Choice Award in Illinois is named for her. Caudill was also as an educator and editor.
- Barrie and Daughter, Viking, 1943
- Tree of Freedom, 1950
- Susan Cornish, Viking, 1955
- Schoolroom In the Parlor, Holt , 1959
- The Best Loved Doll, Holt, 1962
- A Pocketful of Cricket, Holt, 1964
- A Certain Small Shepherd, Holt, 1965
- Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charlie, Holt, 1966
- My Appalachia: A Reminiscence, Holt, 1966
- Come Along, Holt, 1969
- Somebody Go and Bang a Drum, Dutton, 1974
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Schoolroom in the Parlor (Fairchild Family Story) (Fairchild Family Series)
Release Date: 2005-09-30
The Best-Loved Doll (An Owlet Book)
Release Date: 1997-10-15
A Pocketful of Cricket
Release Date: 2004
A Certain Small Shepherd (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Release Date: 1997-09-15
In, 1950, her book Tree of Freedom, was a runner-up for the Newbery Medal. A Pocket Full of Crickets, illustrated by Evaline Ness was named a Caldecott Medal Honor Book.
Awarded Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English in 1972.
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