Deborah Ruddell

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Deborah Ruddell is the author of the celebrated picture books Who Said Coo?, illustrated by Robin Luebs, and A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk and Today at the Bluebird Cafe, both illustrated by Joan Rankin. Before writing children’s books, she was an art teacher and a graphic designer.  Deborah lives in Peoria, Illinois. Visit her at

Photograph © Brian Ruddell

Books by this Author

The Popcorn Astronauts
Who Said Coo?
A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk
Today at the Bluebird Cafe


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Be brave.

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