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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ida Chittum  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; 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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Farmer Hoo and the Baboons

Delacorte Press. 1971

The hermit boy

Delacorte Press. 1972

Hiding out from the welfare investigators in his Ozark Mountain cave, the hermit boy is a self-sufficient and hardy local legend.

Clabber biscuits
ISBN: 0811477452

Steck-Vaughn Co. 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.

A nutty business
ISBN: 0399203532

Putnam. 1973

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

The empty grave
ISBN: B000729Q60

Weekly Reader Books. 1987


Tales of Terror
ISBN: 0528801457

Checkerboard Pr. 1975

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

The secrets of Madam Renee
ISBN: 0830901272

Independence Press. 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 Ghost Boy of El Toro
ISBN: 0448169274

Ace Books. 1982

Jason comes to a Caribbean island to work as a medical assistant, becomes involved with a witch doctor, and opposes the strange superstitions of the natives

The Buried Casket

Xerox Education Publications. 1979

The Cat's Pajamas (Parents Magazine Whole Language Library)
ISBN: 0836811240

Gareth Stevens Pub. 1995

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

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

Independence Press. 1981

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

History Encyclopedia
ISBN: 0528821660

Checkerboard Pr. 1985

Surveys the history of war, exploration, technology, science, transportation, art, and culture, describes daily life in different lands and times, and offers brief profiles of important individuals.


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.