Esther Averill

Esther  Averill

Esther Averill (1902-1992) began her career as a storyteller who drew cartoons for her neighborhood newspaper. She relocated to New York City after graduating from Vassar College in 1923, and then to Paris, where she launched her own publishing company. The Domino Press introduced readers to artists from all around the world, including Feodor Rojankovsky, who went on to win a Caldecott Award. Esther Averill returned to the United States in 1941 and worked as a publisher while working at the New York Public Library. In 1944, she published her first novel, Jenny Linsky, a red-scarfed, mild-mannered cat based on her own shy cat. Esther Averill would go on to create a total of twelve more stories about Miss Linsky and her pals (including the I Can Read Book, The Fire Cat), all of which were eagerly anticipated by youngsters (and their parents) across the country.