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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Deborah Ruddell  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;

Born: 1949 in Terre Haute, Indiana

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Illinois Connection

Ruddell resides in Peoria.

Biographical and Professional Information

Deborah Ruddell is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Before writing children’s books, she was an art teacher and a graphic designer.As a child, Ruddell and her twin sister, Robin Luebs, would draw pictures and create stories in which they played the starring roles. Today, they both have gone on to become authors. Ruddell is a children's poet while Luebs also illustrates children's books including, ''Who Said Coo?'', written by her sister, Deborah Ruddell.

Published Works

  • Today at the Bluebird Cafe: A Branchful of Birds, Simon & Schuster/Margaret K.Elderry, 2007
  • A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems, Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, 2009
  • Who Said Coo?, Beach Lane Books, 2010
  • The Popcorn Astronauts: And Other Biteable Rhymes, Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015

Selected Titles At Your Library

Today at the bluebird cafe :
ISBN: 0689871538. OCLC Number:

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. New York :. ©2007.

A collection of poems about different bird personalities.

A whiff of pine, a hint of skunk :
ISBN: 1416942114. OCLC Number:

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. New York :. ©2009.

Take a lighthearted romp through four seasons in the forest with these whimsical poems.

Who said coo? /
ISBN: 1416985107. OCLC Number:

Beach Lane Books,. New York :. ©2010.

Unable to fall asleep in her cozy bed because two wide-awake nighttime birds are saying "whoo" and "coo" right outside her window, Lulu the very tired pig struggles to keep her temper while asking her friends to quiet down.

The popcorn astronauts :
ISBN: 1442465557. OCLC Number:

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Overview: Take a bite out of the calendar with this cheerful collection of delicious seasonal poems, each one an ode to a favorite food! The daring popcorn astronauts are brave beyond compare-they scramble into puffy suits and hurtle through the air. And when they land, we say hooray and crowd around the spot to salt the little astronauts and eat them while they're hot. Dive into a watermelon lake and sing the praises of mac and cheese in this playful and poetic celebration of food. In spring, bow to the "Strawberry Queen" and eat "Only Guacamole." In summer you'll meet Bob the Ogre, who only eats corn on the cob, and in fall, you can learn "21 Things to Do with an Apple." And then in winter, retreat from the cold at "The Cocoa Cabana!" Stellar team Deborah Ruddell and Joan Rankin deliver a whimsical celebration of the tastiest treats of life in this palatable poetry collection.


Today at the Bluebird Cafe

  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best for 2007
  • Kirkus Starred Review
  • A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk

  • 2010 International Reading Association (IRA)

    Teachers' Choice Book

  • ALA 2010 Notable Childrens Books
  • School Library Journal Best Books of 2009
  • The Bulletin Blue Ribbon Books
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • CCCB Choices
  • 2010 NCTE/CLA Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • Kirkus Starred Review
  • Who Said Coo?

  • 2X2 Reading List, Texas Library Association , 2011
  • Kids' Indie Next List, Summer 2010
  • ILLINOIS READS Book List Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016
  • The Popcorn Astronauts

  • Kirkus Starred Review
  • Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • ILLINOIS READS Book List Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)