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Rebecca Caudill
Born February 2, 1899
Died 1985
Occupation Children's author
Teacher
Editor
Genres Appalachian fiction
Notable work(s) Tree of Freedom
A Pocketful of Cricket
Barrie and Daughter
The Far-off Land
Susan Cornish

Rebecca Caudill (February 2, 1899 – 1985) was an American author of children's literature, publishing over twenty books. Caudill's book, Tree of Freedom, was a Newbery Honor Book in 1950. A Pocketful of Cricket was a Caldecott Honor Book.

Caudill graduated from Wesleyan College and, in 1922, received her master's degree from Vanderbilt University. She taught English in high school and college, and worked briefly as an editor. She moved to Urbana, Illinois when she married James Ayars in 1931.

Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award

The schoolchildren of her adopted state of Illinois vote each year on their favorite book. The winning book is given the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award (RCYRBA) named in honor of Caudill and her contributions to Appalachian literature.


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