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Natalie Babbitt
Born Natalie Zane Moore
(1932-07-28)July 28, 1932
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Died October 31, 2016(2016-10-31) (aged 84)
Hamden, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Writer, illustrator
Nationality American
Education BA (Arts)
Alma mater Smith College
Genre Children’s literature
Notable works Tuck Everlasting
Notable awards

Newbery Honor (1971)
Christopher Award (1975)

Years active 1966–2012
Spouse Samuel Fisher Babbitt[1]
Children Three

Right after graduation, I married Samuel Fisher Babbitt, an academic administrator. I spent the next ten years in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., raising our children, Christopher, Tom, and Lucy.
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The first two books that I did by myself were long stories in verse. I knew I could do that because I'd written a lot in verse. But, verse stories are hard to sell, so my editor encouraged me to try writing in prose.
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I have always loved astronomy, and being an astronomer once lurked in the back of my mind. But I was never good at algebra. In fact, I flunked it twice in high school.
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I write for children because I am interested in fantasy and the possibilities for experience of all kinds before the time of compromise. I believe that children are far more perceptive and wise than American books give them credit for being.
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I have a wonderful husband, and we have had a great life.
I grew up wanting only to be an illustrator. I studied art at Laurel School in Cleveland and at Smith College.
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My mother was an artist, and I was fairly good at art as a child. I was always the best drawer in class, except in second grade when an artistic genius passed through our school!
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I had a wonderful mother who wanted my sister and me to have everything, even though money was a very prominent thing we didn't have. But we had a very happy childhood – pretty much ideal, in fact.
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I was born and raised in Ohio. During my childhood, I spent most of my time drawing and reading fairy tales and myths.
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I never wanted to be a writer. I wanted to be a book illustrator. I used to hurry home from school and draw.
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We human beings do a lot of dumb things, and war is certainly the dumbest.
My husband wrote the story for my first book, but then he didn't want to do that anymore. So if I was going to go on being an illustrator, I had to start writing the stories, too.
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