Stafford, Marie (1893 - 1978)

Genre: Children's Literature, Non-Fiction

Marie Ahnighito Peary Stafford was born in Greenland, the daughter of Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary and his wife Josephine. She was nicknamed "Snow Baby" by the natives who had never before seen a blonde, blue-eyed baby. She grew up partly in the Arctic and partly on Eagle Island off the coast of Maine. During WWII, she served on the Danish-American Commission which stabilized the dollar and established security for Denmark and Greenland. She was awarded a medal by the Danish government for her contributions and also the Henry B. Bryant medal for her contributions to geographical information. She also held an honorary Master of Arts degree from Bowdoin College. She lived in Bowdoin until her death.

Selected Bibliography

Books by Marie A. P. Stafford

  • Little Tooktoo: The Story of Santa Claus' Youngest Reindeer (1930)
  • The Snowbaby's Own Story (1934)
  • Discoverer of the North Pole: The Story of Robert E. Peary (1959)

Books About Marie A. P. Stafford

  • The Snow Baby: A True Story with True Pictures by Josephine Diebitsch Peary (1901)
  • Snow Baby: The Arctic Childhood of Admiral Robert E. Peary's Daring Daughter by Katherine Kirkpatrick (2007)

Selected Resources