Ruth Stiles Gannett Kahn is the author of the My Father's Dragon series as well as other short children's novels. She wrote the first novel, My Father's Dragon after graduating from Vassar College with a BA in Chemistry in 1944. The book received a Newbery Honor, and she wrote two more novels in that series, Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland. The books were illustrated by her stepmother, illustrator Ruth Chrisman Gannett. and the typography designed by H. Peter Kahn. They have been translated into fourteen languages including Italian, Swedish, Japanese, Faroese, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, French, Korean, Thai, Russian, Portuguese and Romanian.
Gannett also wrote Katie and the Sad Noise and Wonderful House-Boat-Train. She was married to the artist, art history professor and calligrapher H.Peter Kahn. The couple have seven daughters and eight grandchildren. She lives near Trumansburg, New York.
A deluxe edition of "My Father's Dragon" was released on October 28, 2008.