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Schlein, Miriam



  • Existence: 1926 - 2004


Miriam Schlein was born on 6 June 1926 in Brooklyn, NY. Schlein was a prolific author of children’s books which focused on teaching young readers about animals, science, and other topics. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Brooklyn College in 1947 before moving into the fields of publishing and advertising.

While working for the publisher Simon & Schuster in the children’s department, she was inspired to write her own books for children. Beginning with 1951’s A Day at the Playground, she went on to write nearly one hundred books over five decades. Although she wrote a number of fiction stories, such as Oomi, the New Hunter (1955), The Snake in the Carpool (1963), and I Sailed with Columbus (1991), she concentrated on books which explored the natural sciences. Among her award-winning efforts in this genre are Fast Is Not a Ladybug: A Book about Fast and Slow Things (1953), Elephant Herd (1954), What's Wrong with Being a Skunk? (1974), Giraffe, the Silent Giant (1976), The Dangerous Life of the Sea Horse (1986), and Discovering Dinosaur Babies (1991).

Miriam Schlein married Harvey Weiss, an artist who illustrated some of her early works. Before her marriage with Weiss ended in divorce, the couple had two children.

Miriam Schlein died of vasculitis on 23 November 2004 in New York City.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Miriam Schlein papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 621

The collection consists primarily of writings, including drafts and manuscripts, and research material, as well as correspondence, clippings, printed material, photographs, slides, phonographic records and other material. The collection documents Miriam Schlein's career as a children's author and her process of researching and writing books on natural history and related topics.

Dates: 1940-2009