Janette Sebring Lowrey

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Janette Sebring Lowrey
BornJanette Sebring
(1892-03-02)March 2, 1892
Orange, Texas, U.S.
DiedMarch 17, 1986(1986-03-17) (aged 94)
San Antonio, Texas[1]
GenreChildren, young adults
Notable workThe Poky Little Puppy
Years active1930s-1970s
SpouseFred V. Lowrey[1]

Janette Sebring Lowrey (March 2, 1892 – March 17, 1986)[2][3][4] was an American children's writer, best known for writing the children's book The Poky Little Puppy.


Janette Sebring Lowrey was born in Orange, Texas. Lowrey wrote dozens of books aimed at children and young adults from the 1930s to the 1970s, but The Poky Little Puppy remains her best known, selling over 15 million copies worldwide. Another well-known work of hers was Margaret, a historical fiction young adult novel, which was published in 1950. It was adapted into Walt Disney Presents: Annette, a TV serial that aired on The Mickey Mouse Club in 1958.[1]

Despite her success as an author, Lowrey herself remained in relative obscurity.[1]


  • Rings on Her Fingers (Harper & Bros., 1941)
  • The Poky Little Puppy. Illustrator Gustaf Tenggren. Western Publishing Co. 1942. ISBN 978-0-307-30099-7.CS1 maint: others (link); Random House Digital, Inc., 2011, ISBN 978-0-375-86129-1
  • In the Morning of the World: Some of the Greek Myths (Harper, 1944)
  • Margaret (Harper & Row, 1950)


  1. ^ a b c d Margaret Toal (December 21, 2008). Orange native wrote 'Poky Little Puppy,' the best-selling kids' book of all time. TheBeaumont Enterprise.
  2. ^ U.S. Census 1920, State of Texas, County of Harris, enumeration district 51, p. 9-B, family 245.
  3. ^ Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2009.
  4. ^ Ancestry.com. Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.