Ruth Krauss was born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 25, 1901 (d. July 10, 1993). She was most notably a children’s book author but was also a playwright and poet. “She attended Parsons School of Design before collaborating with some of the greatest illustrators in children’s literature, including Maurice Sendak and her husband, Crockett Johnson. Ruth Krauss had a hand in many of the most beloved children’s books of the 20th century. She is remembered for such titles as The Carrot Seed, A Hole Is to Dig, Caldecott Honor Book A Very Special House, Open House for Butterflies, I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue, Bears, The Growing Story, and Caldecott Honor Book The Happy Day.” (Source: www.nybooks.com.