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Children's author Karla Kuskin dies

25th August 2009

Children's author and illustrator Karla Kuskin has died aged 77 in her Seattle home.

The award-winning author is responsible for children's titles including So, What's it Like to be a Cat.

Kuskin, who was born in 1932 in New York City, was suffering from a neurological disorder and passed away on August 20th.

The author won numerous awards throughout her career, including the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award in 1976 for In the Middle of the Trees and The New York Times Best Illustrated Book Designation for The Philharmonic Gets Dressed.

Kuskin said before her death that she writes books because she 'loved reading them as a child'.

She explained: 'I loved drawing, too. Many of my feelings and ideas come from my childhood.'

Short stories and poetry also formed part of Kuskin's published work.

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