Harriette Newell Woods Baker

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Harriette Newell Woods Baker (August 19, 1815 – April 26, 1893) was an American author of books for children, and editor.


Herriette Newell Woods was born on August 19, 1815, in Andover, Massachusetts. She began writing at an early age and had her first story published at age 10. Baker attended Abbot Female Seminary. She married Abijah Richardson Baker on October 1, 1835.

Baker's first books were published in 1860 under the pseudonym Mrs. Madeline Leslie. It is believed that she went on to write anonymously or pseudonymously over 200 books.[1] One of her other common pseudonyms was Aunt Hattie.

Many of her books had a religious or moral theme and her style was considered very true to life, with well drawn characters. She died in New York City on April 26, 1893.

Publishers of her books include Lee & Shepard.


  • Little Frankie Series (1860)
  • Robin Redbreast Series (1860)
  • Tim, the Scissors-Grinder (1861)
  • Trying To Be Useful (1868)
  • Minnie and Her Pets
  • Little Agnes
  • Aunt Hattie's Library for Girls
  • Aunt Hattie's Library for Boys
  • Walter and Frank; or, The Apthorp Farm

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