Friends of Cullom-Davis Library to host children’s author and poet

May 7, 2012

Peoria, IL (May 7, 2012) Children’s author and poet Debbie Ruddell will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of Cullom-Davis Library on Wednesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the Wyckoff Room of the Library on the Bradley University campus.

Her presentation is titled "The Making of a Children's Poet." The event is free and open to the public.

Ruddell’s books include two collections of poetry, Today at the Bluebird Café and A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk, as well as one picture book, Who Said Coo?. All three books were published by imprints of Simon & Schuster. Today at the Bluebird Café was selected as one of the Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best for 2007. A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk was selected as a 2010 Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association; as one of School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2009; and as a 2010 Teacher’s Choice Book by the International Reading Association. Who Said Coo? was a Summer 2010 Kids’ Indie Next selection and named to the Texas Library Association 2x2 Reading List.

Ruddell grew up in the small town of Oblong, Illinois, and holds a BFA with honors from the University of Illinois. Before becoming a children’s author, she was an art teacher, a freelance artist, a community volunteer, and a member of the community relations team for the Peoria Public Schools. She and her husband live in Peoria.