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November 25, 1952
New York City, New York, United States
|Relatives||Charlotte Zolotow (mother)|
Maurice Zolotow (father)
Crescent Dragonwagon (née Ellen Zolotow, November 25, 1952, New York City) is a writer in six different genres, and a workshop leader. She leads Fearless Writing, which helps many people find their inner writer. She has written fifty traditionally published books, including two novels, seven cookbooks / culinary memoirs, more than twenty children's books, a biography, and a collection of poetry. In addition, she has written for magazines ranging from New York Times Book Review to Lear's, Cosmopolitan, McCall's, and Horn Book.
Dragonwagon and her late husband, Ned Shank, owned Dairy Hollow House, a country inn and restaurant in the Ozark Mountain community of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Dragonwagon later co-founded the non-profit Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow, and was active in the cultural and literary life of Arkansas throughout the 31 years she lived in the state full-time. After Shank's death in 2000, Dragonwagon moved to her family's summer home in Vermont.
Dragonwagon's tenth children's book, Half a Moon and One Whole Star, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney and published in 1986, was the winner of a Coretta Scott King Book Award, as well as a Reading Rainbow Selection.
In 2003, Dragonwagon's cookbook Passionate Vegetarian won the James Beard book award in the category "Vegetarian/Healthy Focus".
- Dragonwagon, Crescent (1972). The Commune Cookbook. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-21152-8.
- Dragonwagon, Crescent (1972). The Bean Book. Workman Pub. ISBN 0-911104-16-X.
- Dairy Hollow House Cookbook, 1992
- Dragonwagon, Crescent (1992). Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread: A Country Inn Cookbook. ISBN 0-89480-751-X., nominated for both the James Beard and IACP Awards
- Passionate Vegetarian (2002), Winner, James Beard Award
- The Cornbread Gospels (2007)
- Bean by Bean: A Cookbook (2011)
- Putting Up Stuff for the Cold Time: Canning, Preserving & Pickling for Those New to the Art or Not (1973)
- Rainy Day Together (Harper & Row, 1971), as by Ellen Parsons, children's picture book illustrated by Lillian Hoban
- When Light Turns into Night (1975) ISBN 0-06-021740-5
- Wind Rose (1976) ISBN 0-06-021741-3 (with Ronald Himler)
- Will It Be Okay? (1977) ISBN 0-06-021738-3
- Your Owl Friend (1977) ISBN 0-06-021731-6, picture book illus. Ruth Bornstein
- If You Call My Name (1981) ISBN 0-06-021744-8, picture book illus. David Palladini
- "Katie in the Morning" (1983) ISBN 0-06-021729-4, picture book illus. Betsy A. Day
- I Hate My Brother Harry (1983)
- Always, Always (1984) ISBN 0-02-733080-X
- ”Coconut” (1984) ISBN 0-06-021759-6, picture book illus. Nancy Tafuri
- Alligator Arrived With Apples: A Potluck Alphabet Feast (1985) ISBN 0-7857-0010-2
- Half a Moon and One Whole Star (1986) ISBN 0-689-71415-7, picture book illus. Jerry Pinkney
- This Is the Bread I Baked for Ned (1989) ISBN 0-689-82353-3
- Home Place (1990) ISBN 978-0-027331-905, picture book illus. Jerry Pinkney
- Winter Holding Spring (1990) ISBN 0-02-733122-9
- Alligators and Others All Year Long (1993)
- Annie Flies the Birthday Bike (1993)
- Brass Button (1997)
- Bat in the Dining Room (1997)
- And Then It Rained / And Then the Sun Came Out (2002)
- Sack of Potatoes (2002)
- All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep (2012)
- The Year It Rained (1985) ISBN 0-02-733110-5
- To Take A Dare (1982) (co-authored with the late Paul Zindel)
- Crescent Dragonwagon (November 26, 2012). "Over and Over". The Horn Book.
- "Crescent Dragonwagon (1952–)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas.
- Weintz, Steven B. (November 17, 2002). A Capital Idea: An Illustrated History of the Capital Hotel. University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 9781557287274 – via Google Books.
- Campbell, Duncan (March 13, 2014). "David Koff obituary" – via www.theguardian.com.
- Fox, Margalit (2013-11-19). "Charlotte Zolotow, Author of Books on Children's Real Issues, Dies at 98". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
- "Names of the Year".
- "2010 NOTY: Dragonwagon Regional, Part 1".
- "James Beard Foundation Awards Search".