Busybody Nora

Busybody Nora is a children's book written by Johanna Hurwitz and illustrated by Susan Jeschke. It was first published in 1976.

Busybody Nora
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First edition
AuthorJohanna Hurwitz
IllustratorSusan Jeschke
CountryUnited States
Realistic fiction
PublisherWilliam Morrow & Co.
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages64 pp

It was Hurwitz's first book and was an early chapter book. Her daughter Naomi was the inspiration for Nora, and her son Ben was the inspiration for Teddy. [1]

On Accelerated Reader, the level of the story is 4.1 (blue color), has a lexile measure of 630L[2] and is recommended for seven- to ten-year-olds. It has since become a popular children's library book[3] and is also used for school lessons.[4][5]

The book is made up of six stories about a six-year-old girl called Nora, her young brother Teddy, and her parents who live in a New York apartment block.


The protagonist, Nora, is a girl who lives in an apartment building of about 200 people in New York with her little brother Teddy and her parents. Although she has lived there all her life, she doesn't know all the residents' names so she asks everyone she meets what their name is and receives the moniker of 'Busybody'. One time Nora accidentally becomes a babysitter for a day and later she and Teddy prepare for their dad's birthday. Another day her grandparents visit and her grandfather talks about how he knew Jack from the beanstalk tale. Finally Nora arranges for a building party as a way to persuade one of the resident's daughters, who lives in Ohio, that New York is a safe and friendly place for her mother to live.


Publishers Weekly states that Busybody Nora is 'Six joyous stories ... will make six-year-old Nora and her little brother the favorite fiction friends of all readers, any age.'[6]


  1. ^ "Biography Johanna Hurwitz". www.scholastic.com. Scholastic Inc. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Busybody Nora". www.lexile.com. MetaMetrics. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Busybody Nora". www.worldcat.org. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  4. ^ "A Literature Unit for Busybody Nora". www.brighthubeducation.com. Bright Hub Education. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Second Grade Guided Reading Plan-BR" (PDF). www.mcs.k12.in.us. Manchester Community Schools. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Busybody Nora". www.publishersweekly.com. PWxyz, LLC. Retrieved 19 March 2015.