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Johanna Hurwitz (born October 9, 1937)[1] is an award-winning[2] author of more than sixty children's books.[3][4] She has sold millions of books in many different languages.[2]

Hurwitz graduated from Queens College, New York with a degree in English and Columbia University with a master's in library science.[2][5]

After many years working as a librarian,[6] Hurwitz wrote her first book, Busybody Nora, in 1976,[2] one of the first in the chapter books genre for transitioning young readers from shorter stories to novels.[6][7] Her books include biographies for children of Anne Frank, Astrid Lindgren, Leonard Bernstein, and Helen Keller.[8] Her 1999 book, The Just Desserts Club, combined related short stories with recipes.[9]

Hurwitz is the aunt of Garance Franke-Ruta and Ted Frank.[10]

External links


  1. ^ "Juvenile Books Author of the Month". Greenville, Rhode Island Public Library. Retrieved 2009-02-12.  
  2. ^ a b c d Nahas, Donna Kutt (1999-01-17). "Books and Authors With Roots on the Island; Lending a Guiding Hand By Her Children's Books". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-12.  
  3. ^ "Johanna Hurwitz". Retrieved 2009-02-12.  
  4. ^ "Johanna Hurwitz Interview Transcript". Retrieved 2009-02-12.  
  5. ^ Weiss, Jacqueline Schachter (2001). Profiles in Children's Literature. Scarecrow Press. pp. 159–64. ISBN 0810837870.  
  6. ^ a b "Johanna Hurwitz". Ravenstone Press. 2003-10-22. Retrieved 2009-02-12.  
  7. ^ Loer, Stephanie (2001-04-29). "Chapter Books Lead Young Readers from Pictures to Novels". Boston Globe.  
  8. ^ "Johanna Hurwitz". Retrieved 2009-02-12.  
  9. ^ Creedon-Sandell, Catherine (1999-11-14). "Especially for Young Readers". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-12.  
  10. ^ Much Ado About Aldo (1978).


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