Pierre Pidgeon
Lee Kingman was born on October 6th in Reading, Massachusetts. She began writing stories at the age of six and poetry in junior high. By the time she started high school, she was committed to writing as a chosen career. She graduated from Smith College in 1940 and won an essay contest sponsored by Vogue that same year. She attended an eight-week secretarial course and started work for an insurance company. She managed to still write children's plays in her spare time.

Ms. Kingman joined Houghton Mifflin as an assistant editor in 1942 and soon earned the title of children's book editor. She was inspired to begin writing her own books at that time. Pierre Pidgeon, her first book, was published in1943—it received a Caldecott Honor. She went on to write over 30 picture books and young adult novels. Her husband's Finnish family inspired many of her early stories, and later, incidents from her children's lives. She has contributed to the Horn Book for 70 years, and edited Newbery and Caldecott Books:1956-1965 and Illustrators of Children's Books: 1957-1966. Her Best Christmas was reissued in 2001.
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