Dorothy Kunhardt

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Dorothy Kunhardt (née Dorothy Meserve; September 29, 1901 – December 23, 1979) was an American children's-book author, best known for the baby book Pat the Bunny. [1] She was also a historian and writer about the life of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

Personal life[edit]

A daughter of historian Frederick Hill Meserve,[2] she was born in New York City and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1923.[3][4] She married Philip B. Kunhardt, Sr. (son of George E. Kunhardt), a New Yorker and a Harvard Crimson football letterwinner.[5][6] They had four children:


Kunhardt wrote nearly 50 books, including one of the bestselling children's books of all time, Pat the Bunny, which has sold over six million copies.[15][16] She had initially written it for her youngest child Edith, who has followed her mother's footsteps and is a popular children's author.[17] Other works include the well known Twenty Days, an account of Lincoln's assassination and the twenty days that followed, which she wrote with her son, Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr.; Tiny Animal Stories; The Telephone Book; Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather; Brave Mr. Buckingham; Junket is Nice (1933); Wise Old Aard-Vark (1936); and Now Open the Box.


  1. ^ Philip B. Kunhardt Jr. (December 23, 1990). "The Original Touchy-Feely: 'Pat the Bunny' Turns 50". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
  2. ^ "Keeping Lincoln's memory alive for 5 generations". CNN. February 12, 2009.
  3. ^ Zipes, Jack David, ed. (2006). "Kunhardt, Dorothy". Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. 3. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195146561.
  4. ^ "The Class Book of 1923". Bryn Mawr College Library - The Archives. Bryn Mawr College.
  5. ^ "Harvard Club of New York: Social Focus for the Locals". The Harvard Crimson. January 8, 1957.
  6. ^ "Media Center: Harvard Crimson Football All-Time Letterwinners (since 1874)".
  7. ^ From information in U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
  8. ^ "Sen. Lodge's son to wed April 23". The Lowell Sun. April 15, 1949.
  9. ^ "Philip B. Kunhardt Jr., 78, Writer and Producer of Documentaries, Is Dead". The New York Times. March 24, 2006.
  10. ^ "Magazine editor, 78, was larger than Life". The Daily Princetonian. April 24, 2006. Archived from the original on June 6, 2014.
  11. ^ "The American President — About the Series: Bios". PBS.
  12. ^ "Memorials – Philip B. Kunhardt Jr. '50". Princeton Alumni Weekly. July 19, 2006. Archived from the original on June 7, 2014.
  13. ^ "Marriages". The College News. Bryn Mawr College. 39 (02): 3. October 8, 1952.
  14. ^ Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America. Arco (Burke's Peerage Ltd). 1975. p. 116. ISBN 9780850110173.
  15. ^ Review.
  16. ^ "A Rabbit's Feat : After 50 Years, 'Pat the Bunny' Remains a Developmental Touchstone for Millions of Babies". Los Angeles Times. April 11, 1994.
  17. ^ "Back in Print: 'Pat the Bunny' Author's Earliest Titles". Publishers Weekly. Aug 1, 2013.