Ruth and Latrobe Carroll

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Ruth Crombie Robinson Carroll (Lancaster, New York; September 24, 1899 – 1999) and "Archer" Latrobe Carroll (January 5, 1894 – November 30, 1996) were an American married couple that created children's books illustrated by Ruth. They received the Juvenile Award of the American Association of University Women, North Carolina chapter, in 1953 for Peanut and in 1955 for Digby the Only Dog. They lived in Asheville, North Carolina.

In the U.S. Library of Congress Catalog, the five earliest records of works by Ruth Carroll are for solo picture books published from 1932 to 1937 (unpaginated, as many as 48 pages). The earliest is What Whiskers Did, a story without words (Macmillan, 1932). The earliest joint work in the catalog is [The?] Flight of the Silver Bird (NY: J. Messner, Inc., 1939), 94 pp., LCCN 39-29403. About 20 of their books were covered by Kirkus Reviews, perhaps beginning with Scuffles, the subject of a starred blurb in 1943.[1]

The Tatum series features a boy, Beanie Tatum, pet dog Tough Enough, and their family, who live in the Smoky Mountains. The last four of six Tatum books were starred in Kirkus Reviews.

  1. Beanie (1953)
  2. Tough Enough
  3. Tough Enough's Trip
  4. Tough Enough's Pony
  5. Tough Enough and Sassy (1958)
  6. Tough Enough's Indians (1960)

Ruth's latest work in LC Catalog is a picture book written with Latrobe, Hullabaloo, the elephant dog (NY: Walck, 1975), 48 pp., LCCN 75-6017, featuring a dog employed by a one-ring circus (Kirkus).[2]


  1. ^ "Scuffles by Ruth & Latrobe Carroll". Published September 9, 1943. Kirkus Reviews. No date. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  2. ^ "Hullabaloo the Elephant Dog by Ruth & Latrobe Carroll". Published September 18, 1975. Kirkus Reviews. No date. Retrieved 2015-06-09.

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