The couple divorced in 1987 and two years later she married William L. Bell Jr., who had once been a neighbor.
They included "A Space Story" (1978), a tale about the solar system that received an award from the New York Academy of Sciences; "The Philharmonic Gets Dressed," honored by the American Library Assn.; and "The Dallas Titans Get Ready for Bed" (1986), which again used a behind-the-scenes approach to share the experiences of a victorious football team after a difficult game.
She wrote "Jerusalem, Shining Still," after a trip to the city and chose woodcut artist David Frampton to illustrate the 1987 book, which was praised for making the city's complex history accessible to children.
Among her many honors was an award for excellence in poetry for children, given by the National Council of Teachers of English in 1979.
"Moon, Have You Met My Mother?" (2003) collected more than 40 years of Kuskin's poems and focused on some of her favorite topics -- animals, the seasons, food, day and night, and our secret selves, or "the outside me" and the "me inside of me."
One succinct poem on the passing of time and life reads:
A turtle walks across the lawn
and when he gets there
In addition to her son, Kuskin is survived by a daughter, Julia, and three grandchildren. Her husband, William, died in 2006.