Miriam E. Mason was born on January 23, 1900 in Goshen, Indiana. She later moved to Bloomington where she was a teacher and an assistant magazine editor. She married in 1924 to M.M. Swain, and they had one daughter. Many of Mason’s characters were inspired by her grandchildren, or by her experience of growing up on a farm. She moved to Batesville in the 1940’s and lived there until her death in 1971. She has written more than 57 children’s books in her lifetime.

The Batesville Memorial Public Library has 55 of Mason’s books in this circulating collection, as well as several original manuscripts and book illustrations, plus other related correspondence on display at the library.