Educator, illustrator, writer. Born– Apr. 17, 1909, in McMinnville, Tenn. Parents– Fred Russell and Theresa Ella (Mosher) Johnston. Married– Clarence A. Snow in 1929. Children– One. Education– studied at Fort Wayne Art School and the Art Institute of Chicago. Illustrator for children’s magazine in Chicago; 5 years as art director in publishing company; art teacher in Tampa, Fla.; Des Moines, Iowa; Elmhurst, Ill.; and Fort Wayne, Ind. Top Juvenile Award, Friends of American Writers, 1961; Indiana University Hoosier Authors Award, 1968. Died August 1, 2007.


Contemporary Authors online; Something about the Author online; newspaper file, Birmingham Public Library; Tuscaloosa News, Nov. 21, 1983.


Benjamin West, Gifted Young Painter. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1967.

Billy’s Treasure. New York; Rand McNally, 1972.

By Love Bewitched. New York; Avalon, 1980.

The Charmed Circle. Racine, Wisc.; Whitman, 1962.

Circus Boy under the Big Top. Racine, Wisc.; Whitman, 1957.

Circus Boy, War on Wheels. Racine, Wisc.; Whitman, 1958.

Come, Chucky, Come. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1952.

A Doll for Lily Belle. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1960.

Eli Whitney, Boy Mechanic. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1948.

The Fort at the Three Rivers. Ft. Wayne, Ind.; s.n., 1968.

Gardens of Love. New York; Avalon, 1982.

Golden Summer. New York; Avalon, 1983.

Henry Hudson, Explorer of the North. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1962.

Indian Chiefs. Racine, Wisc.; Whitman, 1959.

John Paul Jones, Salt-Water Boy. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1950.

Lassie and the Mystery at Blackberry Bog. New York; Golden Press, 1956.

Lassie and the Secret of the Summer. Racine, Wisc.; Whitman, 1958.

Listen in Your Heart. New York; Avalon, 1977.

Love’s Bright Touch. New York; Avalon, 1984.

Love’s Dream Remembered. New York; Avalon, 1979.

Love’s Wondrous Ways. New York; Avalon, 1981.

The Mystery of Ghost Burro Canyon. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1962.

No-Good, the Dancing Donkey. New York; Rand McNally, 1944.

Raphael Semmes, Tidewater Boy. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1963.

Samuel Morse, Inquisitive Boy. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1955.

Secret of the Silver Bird. New York; Avalon, 1980.

The Secret of the Stone Frog. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1959.

Sequoyah, Young Cherokee Guide. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1960.

A Sight of Everything. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1963.

That Certain Girl. Racine, Wisc.; Western Pub. Co., 1964.

Tomahawk Claim. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1968.

Walt Disney’s Toby Tyler. Racine, Wisc.; Whitman, 1960.

The Whistling Mountain Mystery. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1954.


Papers of Dorothea Johnston Snow are included in the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi in Starkville.