Olive Kennon Beaupré was born in Aurora, Illinois on September 11, 1883 to William S. and Julia (Brady) Beaupré. She received her B.A. from Smith College in 1904. Olive began writing rhymes and stories to entertain her child, and was encouraged by her husband Harry to publish some of her writings. In 1917, P.F. Volland Company published "Sunny Rhymes for Happy Children." P.F. Volland Company published two more of Olive's works, "Come Play with Me" and "Whisk Away on a Sunbeam," in 1918. In 1919 Olive founded The Book House for Children publishing company with Harry, Olive assumed the title of Editor and published all of her subsequent material either solely through The Book House or through other publishing companies in conjunction with The Book House. . My Book House became the first collection of children's literature which was graded to meet the developing needs and abilities of children at different ages.
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