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Deborah Howe (August 12, 1946 – June 3, 1978) was an American children's writer. She and her husband James Howe wrote two books, Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery and Teddy Bear's Scrapbook, but she died of cancer at age 31 before they were published in 1979 and 1980, respectively. She graduated from Boston University and worked as a theater actress before becoming a writer. She was survived by her parents, her husband James, and her younger brother.[1]

Deborah Howe
Born(1946-08-12)August 12, 1946
Boston, Massachusetts, US
DiedJune 3, 1978(1978-06-03) (aged 31)
GenreJuvenile fiction, young adult fiction, horror


Howe's work has won the following awards:[2]

  • AL Notable Children's Books
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (VT)
  • Emphasis on Reading Book Award (AL)
  • Golden Sower Award (NE)
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award
  • IRA/CBC Children's Choices
  • Land of Enchantment Children's Book Award (NM)
  • Nene Award (HI)
  • Pacific Northwest Young Reader's Choice Award
  • Sequoyah Children's Book Award (OK)
  • South Carolina Book Award
  • Sunshine State Young Readers Award (FL)


  1. ^ "Writing Bunnicula: The Story Behind the Story" by James Howe, in Bunnicula, Atheneum Books, New York, NY, Revised Format Edition 1999.
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