Ellis Credle

Ellis Credle

A North Carolina author and illustrator born on Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, Credle worked as a teacher in the Blue Ridge Mountains and and artist in New York City, where she also worked as a governess. It was in her role as a governess that she decided to try her hand at writing and illustrating books for children. While living in  New York, she worked as an artist for the American Museum of Natural History, as well as the Brooklyn Children's Museum. She continued to write throughout her time as an artist. Her first and most well-known book, Down Down the Mountain (1934), was finally accepted and was the first picture book ever done of the Blue Ridge country.

One of my duties (as a governess) was to read to them from their library of a hundred or more books for children. This gave me a background in the subject, and I soon discovered that the children preferred the stories I made up myself. These were based on things that had happened to me on my grandfather's tobacco plantation and also adventures on the Carolina outer islands.

Ellis Credle, quoted from Contemporary authors: a bio-bibliographical guide to current authors and their works. Clare D. Kinsman and Christine Nasso..Gale Research Co. November 1975. Web 23 July 2013.