Jul 242017

Esther Averill (born Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1902; died New York, New York, May 19, 1992) wrote and illustrated books for children. She is best known for The Cat Club series, twelve books about a cat named Jenny Linsky and her feline friends.

Simon Bolivar (born Caracas, Venezuela, 1783; died Santa Marta, Colombia, December 17, 1830) was a South American patriot, often known as “The Liberator.”

Alexandre Dumas (born Villers-Cotterets, France, 1802; died near Dieppe, France, December 5, 1870) was a prolific French writer of action/adventure books. His works include The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Children can read many of his works at: http://www.gutenberg.org/.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart (born Atchison, Kansas, 1898; disappeared Pacific Ocean, July 2, 1937) was a famous aviator. In 1932 she became the first woman to solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip took thirteen hours and thirty minutes. She also flew from Hawaii to California in 1935. Around July 2, 1937, she and her navigator, while attempting to circumnavigate the world, went missing under unusual circumstances; their bodies and plane have yet to be found. Children could learn more at: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/aa/earhart/aa_earhart_last_1.html

Amy Ehrlich (born New York, New York, 1942) writes books for children. Her works include Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson and Kazam’s Magic.

Sherry Garland (born McAllen, Texas, 1948) writes fiction and nonfiction for children. Her books include The Buffalo Soldier and Voices of the Alamo. Children can visit her website at: http://www.sherrygarland.com/.

Charlotte Pomerantz  (born Brooklyn, New York, 1930) has written at least 35 books for children. The Princess and the Admiral received the 1975 Jane Addams Book Award, and If I Had a Paka: Poems in Eleven Languages earned a 1983 Jane Addams Honor Award.

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Jul 252017

Thomas Eakins (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1844; died Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 25, 1916) was a painter and sculptor. His works were extremely realistic. Children could visit a website at: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/eapa/hd_eapa.htm.

Rosalind Franklin (born United Kingdom, 1920; died United Kingdom, April 16, 1958) was a scientist who specialized in studying the molecular structure of RNA and DNA. Her work was used by Watson and Crick to figure out the helix structure of DNA.

Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison (born Morristown, New Jersey, 1775; died North Bend, Ohio, February 25, 1864) was the wife of William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States. She never lived in the White House. She was too ill to be at his inauguration, and he contracted pneumonia at his swearing in ceremony. He died within a month of his inauguration. She outlived her husband by 23 years. Children could visit a website at: http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/firstladies.aspx?biography=9.

Henry Knox (born Boston, Massachusetts, 1750; died Thomaston, Maine, October 25, 1806) was a general during the Revolutionary War. Knox was responsible for Washington’s troops crossing the Delaware in 1776. Before the war he was a bookseller. After the war, Washington appointed Knox to be secretary of war. Fort Knox was named in honor of him.

Ruth Krauss (born Baltimore, Maryland, 1901; died Westport, Connecticut, July 10, 1993) wrote at least 40 books for children. Her books include A Hole Is to Dig and A Very Special House. Illustrators of her books include Marc Simont, Remy Charlip, and Maurice Sendak.

Rachel Vail (born New York, New York, 1966) writes books for children and young adults. Her works include The Friendship Ring series and the Mama Rex and T series. Children can visit her website at: http://www.rachelvail.com/.

Clyde Watson (born 1947) writes books for children. She often collaborates with her sister, Wendy Watson. Her books include Catch Me Kiss Me and Applebet: An ABC. Children can visit her website at: http://www.clydewatson.com/index.htm

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Jul 262017

Jan Berenstain (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1923; died New Hope, Pennsylvania, February 24, 2012) was a children’s author. She and her husband Stan created the Berenstain Bears series. Children could visit a website at: http://www.berenstainbears.com/.

George Catlin (born Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1796; died Jersey City, New Jersey, December 23, 1872) was an artist. He is most known for his studies of Native Americans. Children can view some of his works at: http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/online/catlin/catlin_highlights2.cfm.

Stephen Cosgrove (born Metaline Falls, Washington, 1946) has written at least 300 books for children. He also designs toys. His books include Leo the Lop and Serendipity. Children can visit his website at: http://stephencosgrove.com/.

Margaret Hodges (born Indianapolis, Indiana, 1911; died Oakmont, Pennsylvania, December 13, 2005) wrote more than 40 books for children. Her Saint George and the Dragon was illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman who received the 1985 Caldecott Medal for her work.

Aldous Huxley (born Godalming, Surrey, England, 1894; died Los Angeles, California, November 22, 1963) was a writer and philosopher. One of his most well-known works is Brave New World.

George Bernard Shaw (born Dublin, Ireland, 1856; died Ayot St. Lawrence, England, November 2, 1950) was a playwright. He received the 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature and a 1938 Oscar for his play Pygmalion. Children can read many of his works at: http://www.gutenberg.org/.

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Jul 272017

Scott Corbett (born Kansas City, Missouri, 1913; died Providence, Rhode Island, March 6, 2006) wrote 89 books. Most of his books were written for children. His book Cutlass Island earned the 1962 Edgar Allan Poe Award for juvenile fiction. Other books include The Disappearing Dog Trick and The Lemonade Trick.

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Jul 282017

Natalie Babbitt (born Dayton, Ohio, 1932) is a children’s author and illustrator. She won a 1971 Newbery Honor Award for Kneeknock Rise. Tuck Everlasting, published in 1975, is a novel for the ages.

Thomas Heyward (born near Beaufort, South Carolina, 1746; died March 6, 1809) signed the Declaration of Independence. Representing South Carolina, he was at first reluctant to break away from Great Britain. However, in the end he voted for independence. He was captured by the British, and he was imprisoned until 1781. His plantation was plundered, and the British captured his slaves and sold them to sugar plantations in Jamaica.

Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (born Southampton, New York, 1929; died New York, New York, May 19, 1994) was the wife of John Kennedy, thirty-fourth president of the United States. She brought back elegance to the White House, and she became very popular throughout the world. After Kennedy was assassinated, she and their two children moved to New York City. In 1968 she married Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping tycoon. He died in 1975. Children could visit a website at: http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/firstladies.aspx?biography=36.

Helen Beatrix Potter (born London, England, 1866; died Sawrey, Lancashire, England, December 22, 1943) was a writer and illustrator. She is famous for her Peter Rabbit books. She wrote 25 books, featuring characters such as Squirrel, Nutkin and Tom Kitten. She wrote the stories originally to please the children of a dear friend. Children could read and enjoy some of her works at: http://www.gutenberg.org/. They can also learn more at: http://www.bookologymagazine.com/resources/authors-emeritus/potter-beatrix/

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Jul 292017

Charles William Beebe (born Brooklyn, New York, 1877; died Trinidad, June 4, 1962) was a naturalist and an adventurer. He headed expeditions to the Galapagos Islands, Borneo, and other places. He wrote approximately 300 articles and books. One of the books was Jungle Days, published in 1925. Young adults could read some of his early writings at: http://www.gutenberg.org/.

Sharon Creech (born South Euclid, Ohio, 1945) writes books for children. Her book Walk Two Moons received the 1995 Newbery Medal. Children can visit her website at: http://www.sharoncreech.com/.

Adele Griffin (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1970) writes books for young adults. Her books include Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be. Young adults could visit her website at: http://www.adelegriffin.com/.

Kathleen Krull (born Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, 1952) has written at least 60 books, including many biographies, for children. Wilma Unlimited earned a 1997 Jane Addams Picture Book Award. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez received both a 2004 Pura Belpré Honor Award and a 2004 Jane Addams Picture Book Award. Children could visit her website at:  http://www.kathleenkrull.com/

Connie Porter (born 1959) writes books for children and young adults. Her books include the Addy series, part of the American Girl collection. Children can visit a website at: http://www.americangirlpublishing.com/authors/connieporter.aspx.

Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt (born Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 1861; died New York, New York, February 14, 1884) was the first wife of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States. However, he was not president at that time. They were married only about three years when she died shortly after giving birth to their daughter, Alice.

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Jul 302017

Ann Brashares (born Alexandria, Virginia, 1967) writes books for young adults. Her books include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Young adults can visit her website at: http://annbrashares.com/.

Emily Bronte (born Thornton, Yorkshire, England, 1818; died Haworth, Yorkshire, England, December 19, 1848) was an author. She wrote only one novel, Wuthering Heights. She also wrote poetry. Children can read her works at: http://www.gutenberg.org/.

Henry Ford on His Quadricycle

Henry Ford on His Quadricycle

Henry Ford (born Dearborn Township, Michigan, 1863; died Dearborn Township, Michigan, April 7, 1947) created the assembly line for making cars. He became wealthy from selling so many cars. Children can learn more at: https://www.thehenryford.org/exhibits/hf/

Henry Moore (born Castleford, Yorkshire, England, 1898; died Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, England, August 31, 1986) was an artist and sculptor. He is best known for his large, metal sculptures of human figures. Children can view some of his works at: http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/mooretoronto/mooretoronto.html.

Marcus Pfister (born Bern, Switzerland, 1960) writes books for children. He is well-known for his 1992 book Rainbow Fish. Children can visit his website at: http://www.marcuspfister.ch/

Pat Schories (born New York State, 1952) illustrates books for children. She illustrates the Biscuit series and the Jack series. Children can visit her website at:  http://www.patschories.com/.

Vladimir Kosma Zworykin (born Murom, Russia, 1889; died Princeton, New Jersey, July 29, 1982) came to the United States in 1919. In 1920 he headed a Westinghouse Electric Company team and developed the television camera and picture tube. He was also very important in research leading to the electron microscope. Idea: Children certainly enjoy television. They could record how much television they watch in a week.

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Jul 312017

Lynne Reid Banks (born London, England, 1929) is a children’s author. She wrote The Indian in the Cupboard series and Bad Cat Good Cat. Children can visit her website at: http://www.lynnereidbanks.com/.

Muriel Feelings (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1938; died Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 30, 2011) wrote books for children. She and her former husband Tom produced two still-popular books.  Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book earned a 1972 Caldecott Honor Award. Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book received a 1975 Caldecott Honor Award as well.

Stephanie Kwolek (born New Kensington, Pennsylvania, 1923; died Wilmington, Delaware, June 18, 2014) was a chemist. She is best known for inventing Kevlar, an extremely strong material. One use for Kevlar is in bullet-proof vests.

Lynn Rae Perkins (born Cheswick, Pennsylvania, 1956) writes and illustrates books for children. Her book Criss Cross received the 2006 Newbery Medal. She also wrote All Alone in the Universe. Children could visit her website at: http://lynnerae.com/.

J. K. Rowling (born Joanne Kathleen Rowling in Bristol, England, 1965) is the author of the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter was also born on this day.

Robert Kimmel Smith (born Brooklyn, New York, 1930) writes books for children. His books include Chocolate Fever and The War with Grandpa. Children can visit his website at: http://www.robertkimmelsmith.com/

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Aug 012017
William Clark

William Clark

William Clark (born Caroline County, Virginia, 1770; died St. Louis, Missouri, September 1, 1838) was an explorer. He and Meriwether Lewis headed the Corps of Discovery into the Louisiana Purchase from 1804 to 1806. Later he fought in the War of 1812 and then became governor of the Missouri Territory. Children would learn a great deal from Lewis and Clark for Kids: Their Journey of Discovery with 21 Activities by Janis Herbert.

Gail Gibbons (born Oak Park, Illinois, 1944) is a children’s author and illustrator. She has written over 170 books, including Tell Me, Tree. Children can visit her website at: http://www.gailgibbons.com/.

Francis Scott Key (born Frederick County, Maryland, 1779; died Baltimore, Maryland, January 11, 1843) was a lawyer and a poet. He wrote The Star-Spangled Banner in 1814 after watching the British bombard Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Children can find out more at: http://www.nps.gov/fomc/historyculture/francis-scott-key.htm.

Herman Melville (born New York, New York, 1819; died New York, New York, September 28, 1891) was a novelist. One of his best known works is Moby Dick. Children can read many of his works at: http://www.gutenberg.org/.

Maria Mitchell (born Nantucket, Massachusetts, 1818; died Lynn, Massachusetts, June 28, 1889) was the first woman professional astronomer. She discovered a comet in 1847, and she became a professor of astronomy at Vassar. Older children can learn more at: https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/maria-mitchell-bio/. They could also read books by her and about her at: https://www.gutenberg.org/.

Bill Wallace (born Chickasha, Oklahoma, 1947; died Chickasha, Oklahoma, January 30, 2012) wrote 31 books for children. His works include A Dog Named Kitty and The Legend of Thunderfoot.

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Aug 022017

James Arthur Baldwin (born New York, New York, 1924; died Saint Paul-de-Vence, France, November 30, 1987) was a noted African-American writer. One of his most famous works is Go Tell It on the Mountain.

Holling C. Holling (born Holling Allison Clancy in Holling Corners, Michigan, 1900; died September 7, 1973) was a children’s author and illustrator. He received a 1942 Caldecott Honor Award for Paddle-to-the-Sea. He also received two Newbery Honor Awards: one in 1949 for Seabird, and one in 1952 for Minn of the Mississippi. He and his wife also created World Museum comic strips in the 1930s that promoted history and creativity. Children could learn more at: http://www.bookologymagazine.com/resources/authors-emeritus/holling-holling-c/.

James Howe (born Oneida, New York, 1946) has written over 80 books for children and young adults. His books include the Bunnicula series and There’s a Monster under My Bed. He received the 2007 E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Houndsley and Catina.

Pierre Charles L’Enfant (born Paris, France, 1754; died Prince Georges County, Maryland, June 14, 1825) was an American Revolutionary War hero and an architect. He drew up the plans for Washington, DC.

Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear was “born” in 1944. The United States Forest Service created Smokey to teach children about preventing forest fires. Children can visit a VERY INTERESTING website at: https://smokeybear.com/en/smokey-for-kids.

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