Ruth Stiles Gannett

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Ruth Stiles Gannett Kahn (born August 12, 1923) is an American author of children's novels, including the My Father's Dragon series.


Gannett graduated from City and Country School in New York City in the class of 1937, where "She recalled that as a child at the City and Country School in Greenwich Village, she benefited from being "allowed and encouraged to write for fun” at certain times of the day." [1] She then attended Vassar College, graduating with a BA in chemistry in 1944.[2]

Writing career[edit]

She published her first novel, My Father's Dragon, in 1948.[2] The book was awarded the Newbery Medal.[2] She wrote two more novels in that series, Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland. The books were illustrated by her stepmother, illustrator Ruth Chrisman Gannett,[3] and the typography was designed by her husband, H. Peter Kahn.[4] They have been translated into fourteen languages including Italian, Swedish, Japanese, Faroese, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, French, Korean, Thai, Russian, Portuguese and Romanian.[5]

Gannett also wrote Katie and the Sad Noise and Wonderful House-Boat-Train.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to the artist, art history professor and calligrapher H. Peter Kahn, now deceased.[citation needed] The couple have seven daughters and eight grandchildren. She lives near Trumansburg, New York.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Burak, David (2012). "My Father's Dragon Translated Into Chinese - Ithaca Times : Arts And Entertainment". Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Silvey, Anita, ed. (2002). The Essential Guide to Children's Books and Their Creators. Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ruth Chrisman Gannett's Biography |". 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kahn Family Fellowship | The Ink Shop". 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Wilensky, Joe (November 6, 2008). "Kids’ Book Fest, Nov. 8, returns to ‘My Father’s Dragon’ for theme of adventure". Retrieved 19 January 2014. 

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