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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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Clabber biscuits.
ISBN: 0811477452. OCLC Number:

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.

A nutty business.
ISBN: 0399203532. OCLC Number:

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.

Tales of terror /
ISBN: 0528801457. OCLC Number:

Rand McNally,. Chicago :. ©1975.

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

The secrets of Madam Renee /
ISBN: 0830901272. OCLC Number:

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 ghost boy of El Toro /
ISBN: 0448169274. OCLC Number:

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

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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. OCLC Number:

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.

Tales of terror /
ISBN: 0528821660. OCLC Number:

Rand McNally,. Chicago :. ©1975.

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


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.