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General Information

Name:  Beatrice Schenk de Regniers  

Pen Name: Tamara Kit

Genre: Fiction NonFiction Poetry

Born: 1914 in Lafayette, In

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Beatrice attended the University of Illinois, University of Chicago and Winnetka Graduate Teachers College from 1931 through 1941. She worked as an copy writer for Scott Foresman and company in Chicago until 1944.

Biographical and Professional Information

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers was born in Lafayette, Indiana. She studied social work administration at the University of Chicago and earned her M.Ed. in 1941 from Winnetka Graduate Teachers' College. After doing social work for several years, she was sent to the Sinai Peninsula to a Yugoslav refugee camp, constructing a kindergarten and teaching American folk dances to the children. During the 1950s she began writing for children.She was a prolific author of books for children, including the Caldecott Award-winning ''May I Bring a Friend?'' de Regniers produced children's books in several categories, from original creations, to retellings of classic stories.


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