Mirra Ginsburg, author, adapter and award-winning translator of more than 35 books for children, died on December 26. She was 91.

Ginsburg was born in Russia, and her family lived in Latvia for a time before emigrating to Canada and eventually settling in the U.S. She specialized in translating Russian and Yiddish works into English. In addition to her books for children, Ginsburg also translated books for adults by such authors as Dostoyevsky, Mikhail Bulgakov and Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Ginsburg's best-known children's books are adaptations of Russian and Eastern European stories and folktales, including Good Morning, Chick , The Two Greedy Bears and Clay Boy .