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Kherdian was born in Racine, Wisconsin in 1931. In 1971 Kherdian married Nonny Hogrogian, an Armenian-American writer and illustrator. For two years they lived in Lyme Center, New Hampshire, where he was the state "poet-in-the-schools". The state university library is one repository for their works (in a joint collection). She has illustrated some of his poetry anthologies and some of his own works for publication.
Kherdian won the 1979 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for children's nonfiction, and he was the only runner-up for the 1980 Newbery Medal, recognizing The Road from Home (1979), about the childhood of his mother Veron Dumehjian before and during the Armenian Genocide. In the sequel Finding Home (1981) she settles in America as a mail-order bride.
- A bibliography of William Saroyan, 1934-1964 (1964)
- Six poets of the San Francisco renaissance: portraits and checklists (1967)
- Visions of America (1973)
- Settling America: the ethnic expression of 14 contemporary poets (1974)
- Poems here and now (1976)
- Traveling America with today's poets (1977)
- The Dog writes on the window with his nose and other poems (1977)
- The road from home : the story of an Armenian girl (1979)
- Finding home (1981)
- Right now (1983)
- The animal (1984)
- Root river run (1984)
- Bridger : the story of a mountain man (1987)
- A song for Uncle Harry (1989)
- The cat's midsummer jamboree (1990)
- Feathers and tails : animal fables from around the world (1991)
- On a spaceship with Beelzebub : by a grandson of Gurdjieff (1991)
- Lullaby for Emily (1995)
- Beat voices : an anthology of beat poetry (1995)
- The rose's smile : Farizad of the Arabian nights (1997)
- The golden bracelet (1997)
- I called it home (1997)
- The neighborhood years (2000)
- Come back, Moon (2013)
- "Nonny Hogrogian and David Kherdian: Papers, 1966-1986". Milne Special Collections. University of New Hampshire. Retrieved June 26, 2013. With biographical sketch.
- "Nonny Hogrogian Papers". de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. University of Southern Mississippi. Retrieved June 26, 2013.. With biographical sketch.
- "Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: Winners and Honor Books 1967 to present". The Horn Book. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922–Present". ALSC. ALA.
"The John Newbery Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
- "WorldCat listing for David Kherdian". Retrieved 25 October 2014.
- Bio at David Kherdian's website
- David Kherdian at Library of Congress Authorities, with 56 catalog records
- Works by or about David Kherdian in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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