Undated (AP) _ JERUSALEM (AP) - Levin Kipnis, one of Israel's most prominent and prolific writers of children's literature, has died at age 96.

Kipnis, who was born in the Ukrainian city of Ushomir in 1894, died Wednesday in Tel Aviv, Israel radio said.

Kipnis arrived here in 1913 and studied at the Bezalel School of Arts, later joning the staff of the Levinsky Teacher's Seminary in Tel Aviv.

He edited journals for kindergarten teachers and was one of the first chidren's writers in the pre-state Jewish community. His numerous collections in Hebrew encompass some 800 stories and 600 poems.

Kipnis also wrote chidren's books in Yiddish, publishing a collection in 1961. Kipnis was awarded the prestigious Israel Prize in 1978 for ''devoting his life to the development of children's literature in Hebrew.'' END (sms-ggl)