Natalie Babbitt (born in Dayton, Ohio, July 28, 1932) is an American author and illustrator of children's books. Her novels Tuck Everlasting and The Eyes of the Amaryllis have been made into films (the former twice). Her novel Knee-Knock Rise is a Newbery Honor book.
Natalie Babbitt was born Natalie Zane Moore on July 28, 1932, in Dayton, Ohio. She attended Laurel School for Girls, and then Smith College. She has 3 children and is married to Samuel Fisher Babbitt. She is a grandmother of 3 children, who live in Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Her first book was a collaborative effort; she illustrated and her husband wrote the children's book, The Forty-ninth Magician in 1966. Their editors at Farrar, Straus and Giroux (renowned for their children's literature publications) encouraged her to keep producing children's books even after her husband became too busy to participate.
She is also a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance  a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries.