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Celia Barker Lottridge (1936-) Biography

Awards, Honors, SidelightsPersonal, Career, Member, Writings, Adaptations

Born 1936, in Iowa City, IA; Education: Stanford University, B.A. (modern European history), 1957; Columbia University, M.L.S., 1959; University of Toronto, B.Ed, 1975.

Writer and storyteller. Children's librarian in San Diego, CA; lower-school librarian at Dalton School, New York, NY; librarian in Rhode Island, 1965-72; Toronto School Board, teacher-librarian. Children's Book Store, Toronto, book buyer, 1977-90. Regina Public Library, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, writer-in-residence, 1991; Parent-Child Mother Goose program, director. Member of founding board, Storyteller's School of Toronto.

Writers Union, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers, Storytellers of Canada, Storytellers School of Toronto.


Gerasim and the Lion, illustrated by Joanne Page, Bright Star Bookstores (Erin, Ontario, Canada), 1979.

(With Ariadna Ochrymovych) The Juggler, North Winds Press (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada), 1985.

(With Susan Horner) Prairie Dogs, Grolier (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1985, bound with Bighorn Sheep, by Bill Ivy, 1985, reprinted, Grolier (Danbury, CT), 1999.

(With Susan Horner) Mice, Grolier (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1986.

One Watermelon Seed (picture book), illustrated by Karen Patkau, Stoddart (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1986.

(Reteller) The Name of the Tree: A Bantu Tale, illustrated by Ian Wallace, Groundwood Books (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1989, Margaret K. McElderry Books (New York, NY), 1990.

(Reteller) Ten Small Tales, illustrated by Joanne Fitzgerald, Margaret K. McElderry Books (New York, NY), 1990, reprinted, Groundwood Books (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2005.

(Editor) The American Children's Treasury, Key Porter (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1991.

Ticket to Curlew (novel), illustrated by Wendy Wolsak-Frith, Groundwood Books (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1992, published as Ticket to Canada, Silver Burdett, 1996.

Something Might Be Hiding (picture book), illustrated by Paul Zwolak, Groundwood Books (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1994.

(Reteller) Music for the Tsar of the Sea: A Russian Wonder Tale, illustrated by Harvey Chan, Groundwood Books (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1995, Groundwood Books (Buffalo, NY), 1998.

The Wind Wagon (novel), illustrated by Daniel Clifford, Silver Burdett Press, 1995.

(Compiler) Letters to the Wind: Classic Stories and Poems for Children, Key Porter (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1995, published as American Stories and Poems for Children, 2001.

Wings to Fly (novel), illustrations by Mary Jane Gerber, Groundwood Books (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1997.

(Adaptor) Sandra Carpenter-Davis, compiler, Bounce Me, Tickle Me, Hug Me: Lap Rhymes and Play Rhymes from around the World, Parent-Child Mother Goose Program (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1997.

(Reteller) The Little Rooster and the Diamond Button: A Hungarian Folktale, illustrated by Joanne Fitzgerald, Groundwood Books (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2001.

Berta, a Remarkable Dog (novel), illustrated by Elsa Myotte, Groundwood Books (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2002.

(Reteller) Stories from the Life of Jesus: Stories from the Bible, illustrated by Linda Wolfsgruber, Groundwood Books (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2004.

(Reteller) Stories from Adam to Ezekiel; Retold from the Bible, illustrated by Gary Clement, Groundwood Books (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2004.

Several of Lottridge's books have been translated into French and published in braille editions.


(Compiler with Alison Dickie) Mythic Voices: Reflections in Mythology (textbook with teacher's guide), Nelson Canada (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada), 1990.

(With Gail de Vos and Merle Harris) Telling Tales: Storytelling in the Family, second, expanded edition, University of Alberta Press (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), 2003.

The Juggler was adapted as a sound recording, CNIB (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1987; Mythic Voices was adapted as a sound recording, Alberta Education (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), 1992; Ticket to Curlew was adapted as a sound recording, Library Services Branch of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 1994.

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