Cynthia Rylant was born on June 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia.
Rylant's parents divorced when she was four, and she went to live with her grandparents in Cool Ridge, West Virginia while her mother attended nursing school.
Rylant graduated from Morris Harvey College (University of Charleston) with a Bachelor of Arts.
She graduated from Marshall University with a Master of Arts in English.
She graduated from Kent State with a Master of Library Science.
Rylant's first book was published. Her first book became a Reading Rainbow selection.
The Relatives Came
The first book in the Henry and Mudge series was published: "Henry and Mudge: The First Book of their Adventures."
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