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Katherine Binney Shippen

Katherine Binney Shippen

American children's writer
Katherine Binney Shippen
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Intro American children's writer
Was Writer Children's writer
From United States of America
Type Literature
Gender female
Birth 1 April 1892, Hoboken, USA
Death 20 February 1980, Suffern, USA (aged 87 years)
Star sign Aries
Columbia University
Bryn Mawr College
Notable Works
Men, Microscopes, and Living Things  
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Katherine Binney Shippen (April 1, 1892 – February 20, 1980) was an American history teacher, museum curator, and children's writer.

Early life and education

Shippen was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on April 1, 1892, to Francis and Ellen Shippen. She earned a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1914 and an M.A. from Columbia University in 1929.


While studying for her master's degree, Shippen taught history at the Beard School (now Morristown-Beard School) in Orange, New Jersey (1917–26) and then at The Brearley School in Manhattan borough (1926–35). She then served as the headmistress at Miss Fine's School (now Princeton Day School) in Princeton, New Jersey, for the next nine years. In 1945, the Brooklyn Children's Museum named Shippen curator of the social studies department. In the same year, she published her first book, New Found World. Shippen published 21 books throughout her career and twice won the Newbery Honor Award. Several of her books have been translated into Swedish, German, Polish, Spanish, and Greek editions. She died on February 20, 1980 in Suffern, NY.


Year Title Notes
1945 New Found World 1946 Newbery Honor recipient
Junior Literary Guild selection
1947 The Great Heritage Junior Literary Guild selection
1949 The Bright Design Junior Literary Guild selection
1950 Passage to America: the story of the great migrations
Lightfoot: the story of an Indian boy
1951 Leif Eriksson, first voyager to America
A Bridle for Pegasus
1953 Big Mose
1954 The pool of knowledge: how the United Nations share their skills
I Know a City: the story of New York's growth
1955 Miracle in motion: the story of America's industry
Men, Microscopes, and Living Things - 1955 Newbery Honor recipient
- Later published under the title So Many Marvels in 1968
Mr. Bell Invents the Telephone Reprinted as Alexander Graham Bell Invents the Telephone, 1982
1957 Men of Medicine
1958 Andrew Carnegie and the Age of Steel
This Union Cause: The Growth of Organized Labor in America
1959 Milton S. Hershey
1963 Portals to the Past: The Story of Archaeology
Heritage of Music
1964 Men of Archaeology
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