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Crescent Dragonwagon (nee Ellen Zolotow, November 25, 1952, New York City) is a writer in six different genres, and a workshop leader. She has written fifty traditionally published books, including two novels, seven cookbooks / culinary memoirs, more than twenty children's books, a biography, and a collection of poetry. In addition, she has written for magazines ranging from New York Times Book Review to Lear's, Cosmopolitan, McCall's, and Horn Book.
Dragonwagon and her late husband, Ned Shank, owned Dairy Hollow House, a country inn and restaurant in the Ozark Mountain community of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Dragonwagon later co-founded the non-profit Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow, and was active in the cultural and literary life of Arkansas throughout the 31 years she lived in the state full-time. After Shank's death in 2000, Dragonwagon moved to her family's summer home in Vermont.
In 1977 she published a short and very engaging biography of Stevie Wonder. The book is under 100 pages and contains as much black-and-white photography of Stevie Wonder as it does text. Dragonwagon wrote the biography in the first-person, and briefly recounts her first meeting with "Steve" in 1974 (on page 81 of the book) in two sentences: "Hi, I'm Crescent, we spoke on the phone." "Crescent, hello, the writer..." (Stevie replies.)
Dragonwagon's tenth children's book, Half a Moon and One Whole Star, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney and published in 1986, was the winner of a Coretta Scott King Book Award, as well as a Reading Rainbow Selection.
- Dragonwagon, Crescent (1972). The Commune Cookbook. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-21152-8.
- Dragonwagon, Crescent (1972). The Bean Book. Workman Pub. ISBN 0-911104-16-X.
- Dairy Hollow House Cookbook, 1992
- Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread: A Country Inn Cookbook. 1992. ISBN 0-89480-751-X., nominated for both the James Beard and IACP Awards
- Passionate Vegetarian (2002), Winner, James Beard Award
- The Cornbread Gospels (2007)
- Bean by Bean: A Cookbook (2011)
- Rainy Day Together (Harper & Row, 1971), as by Ellen Parsons, children's picture book illustrated by Lillian Hoban
- When Light Turns into Night (1975) ISBN 0-06-021740-5
- Wind Rose (1976) ISBN 0-06-021741-3 (with Ronald Himler)
- Will It Be Okay? (1977) ISBN 0-06-021738-3
- Your Owl Friend (1977) ISBN 0-06-021731-6, picture book illus. Ruth Bornstein
- If You Call My Name (1981) ISBN 0-06-021744-8, picture book illus. David Palladini
- I Hate My Brother Harry (1983)
- Always, Always (1984) ISBN 0-02-733080-X
- Alligator Arrived With Apples: A Potluck Alphabet Feast (1985) ISBN 0-7857-0010-2
- Half a Moon and One Whole Star (1986) ISBN 0-689-71415-7
- This Is the Bread I Baked for Ned (1989) ISBN 0-689-82353-3
- Winter Holding Spring (1990) ISBN 0-02-733122-9
- Alligators and Others All Year Long (1993)
- Annie Flies the Birthday Bike (1993)
- Brass Button (1997)
- Bat in the Dining Room (1997)
- And Then It Rained / And Then the Sun Came Out (2002)
- Sack of Potatoes (2002)
- All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep (2012)
- The Year It Rained (1985) ISBN 0-02-733110-5
- To Take A Dare (1982) (co-authored with the late Paul Zindel)
- Fox, Margalit (2013-11-19). "Charlotte Zolotow, Author of Books on Children’s Real Issues, Dies at 98". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
- "Names of the Year," NOTY High Committee, February 28, 2007.
- "2010 NOTY: Dragonwagon Regional, Part 1," NOTY High Committee, April 5, 2010.
- Official website
- Nothing is Wasted on the Writer blog by Dragonwagon
- Deep Feast: Writing the World through Food blog by Dragonwagon
- Crescent Dragonwagon at Facebook
- Crescent Dragonwagon at Library of Congress Authorities — with 40 catalog records
- Ellen Parsons at LC Authorities