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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ida Chittum  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;

Born: 1918 in Canton, Ohio

Died: December 1, 2002 in Bloomville, New York

-- Ida Chittum on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Ida lived in Findley, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

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, 1977.

Selected Titles At Your Library

A nutty business.
ISBN: 0399203532. OCLC Number: 707122

Putnam. .

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 Number: 257462

Steck-Vaughn Co.. .

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 Number: 1364071

Rand McNally,. .

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

The cat's pajamas /
ISBN: 0836811240. OCLC Number: 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 Number: 12353821

Grosset & Dunlap,. .

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 Number: 1325855

Independence Press,. .

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 Number: 8363667

Independence Press,. .

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