Rebecca Caudill

Rebecca Caudill

Born in Harlan County, Kentucky, Caudill attended Wesleyan College in Macon Georgia and Vanderbilt University. She was a teacher and editor before becoming an author. In 1943, she published her first book for children, Barrie and daughter. Her children's books are known for their authentic depictions of settings and characters, and for evoking the lives of pioneers during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in America. In 1950, Tree of freedom, was a runner-up for the Newbery Medal. A pocket full of cricket, illustrated by Evaline Ness, was named a Caldecott Medal Honor Book. Her books reflect her Appalachian background, which served as inspiration for her writing.

“Doors in the houses of my Appalachia were never locked against friend or stranger. The people found their pleasures in the simple things of life. They possessed a kind of profound wisdom, characteristic of those who live close to Nature, who walk in step with Nature's rhythm, and who depend on Nature for life itself.”
Rebecca Caudill, quoted from  Caudill, Rebecca. My Appalachia: A Reminiscence (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966), 31.