May 182017

Debbie Dadey (born Morganfield, Kentucky, 1959) has written at least 145 books for children. Her books include The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series and Slime Wars. Children can visit her website at:

Margot Fonteyn (born Margaret Hookman in Reigate, Surrey, England, 1919; died Panama City, Panama, February 21, 1991) was a ballerina for 45 years. She often performed with Rudolph Nureyev.

Lillian Hoban (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1924; died New York, New York, July 17, 1998) was an author and illustrator. Her books include the Arthur series and Here Come the Raccoons! Children can visit a website devoted to her at:

Irene Hunt (born Pontiac, Illinois, 1907; died Savoy, Illinois, May 18, 2001) wrote books for children. Her book Across Five Aprils received a 1965 Newbery Honor Award, and Up a Road Slowly earned the 1967 Newbery Medal. Children can learn more at:

Gloria D. Miklowitz (born New York, New York, 1927; died Pasadena, California, January 20, 2015) wrote at least 47 books for young adults. Her books include Camouflage and Secrets in the House of Delgado.

Pope Saint John Paul II (born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland, 1920; died Vatican, April 2, 2005) was the 264th leader of the Catholic Church. He was elected in 1978, and he was the first Polish Pope. He was canonized on April 27, 2014.

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May 192017

Arthur Dorros (born Washington, DC, 1950) writes and illustrates books for children. His books include Abuela and Ten Go Tango. Children can visit his website at:

Tom Feelings (born Brooklyn, New York, 1933; died Mexico, August 25, 2003) wrote and illustrated books for children. Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book received a 1972 Caldecott Honor Award, and Jambo Means Hello: A Swahili Alphabet Book earned a 1975 Caldecott Honor Award. Something on My Mind received a 1979 Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Illustration. His book Soul Looks Back in Wonder received a 1994 Jane Addams Honor Award and a 1994 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. The Middle Passage, perhaps his most known book, earned a 1996 Special Commendation from the Jane Addams Award Committee. Children can learn more at:

Lorraine Hansberry (born Chicago, Illinois, 1930; died New York, New York, January 12, 1965) was a playwright. One of her most famous works is A Raisin in the Sun.

Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska, 1925; assassinated in New York, New York, February 21, 1965) was a civil rights activist. Idea: Children could locate more information on Malcolm X. They could predict what might have happened if he had not been killed.

Still life with Peaches by Sarah Miriam Peale

Still Life with Peaches by Sarah Peale

Sarah Miriam Peale (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1800; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 4, 1885) painted portraits and still lifes.. She was a member of the famous Peale family. Children could see some of her works at: Idea: Children could make a family tree of the Peales. Did any offspring of the next generation become artists?

Elise Primavera (born West Long Branch, New Jersey, 1954) illustrates and writes books for children. Her books include the Fred and Anthony series and Auntie Claus. Children can learn more at her website:

Francis R. Scobee (born Cle Elum, West Virginia, 1939; died in Challenger explosion, January 28, 1986) was the commander of the Challenger.

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May 202017

Honoré de Balzac (born Tours, France, 1799; died Paris, France, August 18, 1850) was a writer. Older children can read some of his works at:

Caralyn Buehner (born St. George, Utah, 1963) writes books for children. Her husband Mark Buehner often illustrates her books. Their books include Taxi Dog and Snowmen at Night. Children can visit their website at:

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Carol Carrick (born Queens, New York, 1935; died Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, June 6, 2013) wrote about 50 books for children. Her books included Upside-Down Cake and The Washout.

Sorche Nic Leodhas (born LeClaire Gowans Alger in Youngstown, Ohio, 1898; died Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, November 14, 1969) wrote books for children. She received a 1963 Newbery Honor Award for Thistle and Thyme: Tales and Legends from Scotland. She also wrote Always Room for One More. The book’s illustrator, Nonny Hogrogian, was awarded the 1966 Caldecott Medal. Another book, All in the Morning Early earned its illustrator, Evaline Ness, a 1963 Caldecott Honor Award. Children could learn more at:

Dolley Madison

Dolley Madison

Dolley Payne Todd Madison (born Guilford County, North Carolina, 1768; died Washington, DC, July 12, 1849) was the wife of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States. She often served as hostess for the widower Thomas Jefferson when he was president. When her husband became president in 1809, she held the first inaugural ball. The British attacked and burned the White House during the War of 1812. She gathered up much of the building’s treasures before the British arrived. Visit a website at: Idea: Children could research her life and then write about some of her adventures.

Mary Pope Osborne (born Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1949) is an author. Her books include the Magic Treehouse series. Children can visit her website at: They could also visit the Magic Tree House site at:

Dan Yaccarino (born Montclair, New Jersey, 1965) writes and illustrates books for children. He also is a television producer. His books include If I Had a Robot and Where the Four Winds Blow. Children can visit his website at:

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May 212017

Mary Anning

Mary Anning (born Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, 1799; died Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, March 9, 1847) was a paleontologist who changed the scientific community’s views of dinosaurs. Because she was a woman, she was given little recognition for her work. She always struggled with poverty, even though she risked her life to collect her fossils. Children could read Jurassic Mary: Mary Anning and the Primeval Monsters by Patricia Pierce.

Bonnie Bryant (born New York, New York) writes books for children. She has written the Saddle Club series and the Pine Hollow series.

Albrecht Durer (born Nuremberg, Germany, 1471; died Nuremberg, Germany, April 6, 1528) was a Renaissance artist. Children could visit the Met website at: Idea: Durer did a great deal of engraving. Children could research the process. They could make potato prints to get the feel of engraving.

Beverly Naidoo (born Johannesburg, South Africa, 1943) writes books for children. Her books often focus on Apartheid and South Africa. She has twice received the Jane Addams Award, in 2002 for The Other Side of Truth and in 2004 for Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope. Children can visit her website at:

Rousseau Self-Portrait

Henri Julien Felix Rousseau (born Laval, Mayenne, France, 1844; died Paris, France, September 10, 1910) was an artist. Children could visit the NGA website at: Idea: Rousseau was deemed a primitive painter because he had no formal training. Students could view some of his work and compare him to other painters.

Andrei Sakharov (born Moscow, Russia, 1921; died Moscow, Russia, December 14, 1989) was a Soviet physicist and dissident. He developed the atomic bomb for the Soviets, but he later spoke out against the government. He was exiled to Gorky, Russia, for a number of years. He was appointed to the Soviet Congress of Peoples Deputies a few months before he died. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975. Older children could read a short autobiography at:

Erica Silverman (born Brooklyn, New York, 1955) writes books for children. Her books include On Grandma’s Roof and Big Pumpkin. Children can visit her website at:

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May 222017
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Mary Cassatt Self-Portrait

Mary Cassatt (born Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, 1844; died Chateau de Beaufresne near Paris, France, June 14, 1926) was an artist. Most of her works were around the theme of children and families. Children can view several of her works at: Idea: She sometimes worked in pastels. Students could try this medium.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (born Edinburgh, Scotland, 1859; died Crowborough, Sussex, England, July 7, 1930) was a physician and writer. He is most famous for his Sherlock Holmes stories. Children can read many of his works at: They can also learn more at:

Nancy Krulik (born Brooklyn, New York) has written at least 100 books for children. Her books include the Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo series and the George Brown, Class Clown series. Children can visit her website at:

Arnold Lobel (born Los Angeles, California, 1933; died New York, New York, December 4, 1987) was a children’s author and illustrator. He wrote and illustrated about 30 books. He illustrated at least 40 books written by other writers, including Jack Prelutsky and Charlotte Zolotow. He received a 1973 Newbery Honor Award for Frog and Toad Together. He earned a 1972 Caldecott Honor Award for Hildilid’s Night and the 1981 Caldecott Medal for Fables. The 1987 Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration was given to him for The Devil and Mother Crump. Children can learn more at:

Richard Wagner (born Leipzig, Germany, 1813; died Venice, Italy, February 13, 1883) was a composer. One of his most famous works is The Ring of the Nibelung.

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May 232017
Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown (born New York, New York, 1910; died Nice, France, November 13, 1952) was a children’s author. She wrote about a hundred books under several names, but she is most famous for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Children could learn more at:

Oliver Butterworth (born Hartford, Connecticut, 1915; died Hartford, Connecticut, September 17, 1990) was an educator and a writer. He is most famous for The Enormous Egg.

Susan Cooper (born England, 1935) writes books for children and young adults. Known for her books of fantasy, she received the 1976 Newbery Medal for The Grey King. She also earned the 2012 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement. Children can visit her website at:

Carl Linnaeus (born near Kristianstad, Sweden, 1707; died Uppsala, Sweden, January 10, 1778) was a naturalist. He devised the classification system for living things: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species.

Scott O’Dell (born Los Angeles, California, 1898; died Santa Monica, California, October 15, 1989) wrote books for children and adults. He has received many awards. His book Island of the Blue Dolphins received the 1961 Newbery Medal. In 1967 The King’s Fifth earned a Newbery Honor Award. He received another Newbery Honor Award in 1968 for The Black Pearl. In 1971 Sing Down the Moon received a Newbery Honor Award. He received the very prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1972. In 1982 he created the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and 1987 he received the award for Streams to the River, River to the Sea: A novel of Sacagawea. Children could learn more about Scott O’Dell and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction from Children’s Book Award Handbook, by Diana F. Marks.

Brenda Seabrooke (born Mount Dora, Florida, 1941) writes books for children. Her books include The Swan’s Gift and The Dragon that Ate Summer.

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May 242017

Diane deGroat has illustrated and/or written over 130 books for children. Her books include Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire and Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books. Children can visit her website at:

Emanuel Leutze (born Wurttenberg, Germany, 1816; died Washington, DC, July 18, 1868) came to America when he was nine years old. He started to paint at about age fifteen. Even though most people do not recognize his name, he painted some very famous pictures. They include Washington Crossing the Delaware and Columbus Before the Queen. Children can see some of his works at:

Ynes Mexia (born Washington, DC, 1870; died Berkeley, California, July 12, 1938) was a botanist who collected rare species of plants from South America and Mexico. She often traveled to remote and dangerous locations to find plants that had specific purposes. Children could learn more by reading Ynes Mexia: Botanist and Adventurer by Durlynn Anema.

Frank Oz (born Hereford, England, 1944) is a puppeteer. His characters include Miss Piggy and Cookie Monster.

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May 252017

Barbara Bottner (born New York, New York, 1943) writes books for children. Her books include Bootsie Barker Bites and Raymond and Nelda. Children can visit her website at:

Miles Davis (born Alton, Illinois, 1926; died Santa Monica, California, September 28, 1991) was a jazz trumpeter. He experimented with different kinds of music.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (born Boston, Massachusetts, 1803; died Boston, Massachusetts, April 27, 1882) was a writer and philosopher. Older children can read some of his work at:

Ann McGovern (born New York, New York, 1930; died New York, New York, May 8, 2015) was a children’s author. She wrote 55 books, including Too Much Noise and If You Lived in Colonial Times. Children can visit a website devoted to her at:

Igor Sikorsky (born Kiev, Russia, 1889; died Easton, Connecticut, October 26, 1972) was an engineer. He created the first functioning helicopter in 1939.

Joyce Carol Thomas (born Ponca City, Oklahoma, 1938) has written more than 30 books. She received a 1984 Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Bright Shadow and another in 1994 for Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea. She also earned a 2000 Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Award for You Are My Perfect Baby.

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May 262017

Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy (born Colonie, New York, 1981) are twins who write books for children and young adults. DeVillers’s works include Lynnvisible and How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Best Seller. Roy’s works include the Math All Around series and Yellow Star.

Sheila Greenwald (born New York, New York, 1934) writes and illustrates books for children. Her works include the Rosy series and The Secret Museum. Children could visit her website at:

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Sally Ride

Sally Kristen Ride (born Encino, California, 1951; died La Jolla, California, July 23, 2012) was the first American woman to travel in space. Dr. Ride flew on a six-day Challenger mission that was launched June 24, 1983. She co-wrote five books for children regarding space and science. Children could learn more at:

Lisbeth Zwerger (born Vienna, Austria, 1954) illustrates children’s books. She received the 1990 Hans Christian Andersen Award for her lifetime achievements.

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May 272017

Francis Beaufort (born Ireland, 1774; died England, December 17, 1857) was a scientist and naval officer. He created the Beaufort Wind Force Scale. Children can view the scale at:

Amelia Jenks Bloomer (born Homer, New York, 1818; died Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 14, 1964) was a women’s rights activist. Her name is associated with “bloomers.”

Rachel Carson

Rachel Louise Carson (born Springdale, Pennsylvania, 1907; died Silver Springs, Maryland, April 14, 1964) was an environmentalist and an author. Her book Silent Spring sparked discussion over the use of pesticides. Children could read Rachel Carson, Caring for the Earth by Elizabeth Ring. They can also learn more at:

Nathaniel Gorham (born Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1738; died Charlestown, Massachusetts, June 11, 1796) represented Massachusetts at the Constitutional Convention. During the convention, he was president of the Committee of the Whole. When representatives wanted to speak more informally, the Committee of the Whole took over the session.

Wild Bill Hickok (born James Butler Hickok in Troy Grove, Illinois, 1837; died Deadwood, South Dakota, August 2, 1876) was a frontiersman and a lawman. He was killed while playing poker in a saloon.

Julia Ward Howe, 1908.

Julia Ward Howe

Julia Ward Howe (born New York, New York, 1819; died Newport, Rhode Island, October 17, 1910) was a fervent abolitionist and women’s suffragist. She wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Children could learn more at:

M. E. Kerr (born Auburn, New York, 1927) is one of Marijane Meaker’s pen names. M. E. Kerr writes books for young adults, and she received the 1993 Margaret A. Edwards Award for her body of work.

Lynn Sweat (born Alexandria, Louisiana, 1934) writes and illustrates books for children. He illustrates Peggy Parish’s Amelia Bedelia series.

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