Jim Aylesworth (born Jacksonville, Florida) writes books for children. His books include The Mitten and The Bad Dream. His book My Grandfather’s Coat received the 2015 Sydney Taylor Award (Younger Readers’ Category). Children can visit his website at:Jim Aylesworth
Robert Baden-Powell (born London, England, 1857; died Nyeri, Kenya, January 8, 1941) established the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides.
Frederick Chopin (born Zelazowa-Wola, Poland, 1810; died Paris, France, October 17, 1849) was a classical pianist and composer. He created more than 200 pieces for the piano as well as chamber music and orchestral arrangements. He played his first concert at age eight and began composing after that. He spent most of his adult life in Paris. He died of tuberculosis. His works, influenced by his Slavic background, are full of melody and rhythm.
Edward Gorey (born Chicago, Illinois, 1925; died Hyannis, Massachusetts, April 15, 2000) was an author and illustrator. He provided the odd illustrations in the books by John Bellairs and Brad Strickland. Children could learn more at: Edward Gorey
Rembrandt Peale (born Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1778; died Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 3, 1860) was a painter, mostly of portraits. He was a member of the artistic and famous Peale family. Children could view a number of his works at: Rembrandt Peale.
Horace Pippin (born West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1888; died West Chester, Pennsylvania, July 6, 1946) was a painter. The grandson of slaves, he injured his right arm during battle in World War I. After the war, he returned to the United States and worked at various jobs. He developed his artistic talents and became a famous folk artist. Children could view a number of his works at: Horace Pippin.
George Washington (born Westmoreland County, Virginia, 1732; died Mt. Vernon, Virginia, December 14, 1799) was the first president (1789-1797) of the United States. He fought in the French and Indian War as an officer of the Virginia militia. He led the Continental Army to victory during the American Revolution. He helped organize the new country by presiding over the Constitutional Convention. He was elected president unanimously by the electoral college twice. He refused to run for a third term. He has been called “The Father of Our Country.” Childen could visit a website at: George Washington.
C. S. Adler (born 1932) has written 44 books for children. Her books include The Magic of the Glits and No Place Cat. Children can visit her website at:C. S. Adler.
W. E. B. Du Bois (born Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 1868; died Accra, Ghana, August 27, 1963) was a famous African American leader striving for equality. A professor, activist, and author, he was one of the co-founders of the NAACP. Children can read many of his works at:Project Gutenberg. Also, children can learn more at: W. E. B. Du Bois.
George Frederick Handel (born Halle, Saxony, Germany, 1685; died London, England, April 14, 1759) was a composer of Baroque music. One of his best known works is Messiah, first performed in 1742.
Walter Wick (born Hartford, Connecticut, 1953) is a photographer and author of children’s books. He is most known for his I Spy series and his Can You See What I See? series. Children can visit his fascinating website at: Walter Wick.
Wilhelm Karl Grimm (born Hanau, Germany, 1786; died Berlin, Germany, December 16, 1859) and his brother, Jacob, wrote Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Children could read portions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales at: Project Gutenberg. They could learn more at: Wilhelm Karl Grimm
Winslow Homer (born Boston, Massachusetts, 1836; died Prout’s Neck, Maine, September 29, 1910) was an artist known for his outdoor scenes. Children could learn more about him at the National Gallery of Art site: Winslow Homer
Steven Jobs (born Los Altos, California, 1955; died Palo Alto, California, October 5, 2011) co-founded Apple, Inc.
Uri Orlev (born Jerzy Henryk Orlowski in Warsaw, Poland, 1931) has published over 30 books for children. Now a resident of Israel, he grew up in the Warsaw Ghetto. His mother was killed by Nazis, and he was placed in the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. He received the 1996 Han Christian Andersen Award. His books include The Lady with the Hat and Hairy Tuesday.
Honus Wagner (born John Peter Wagner in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, 1874; died Carnegie, Pennsylvania, December 6, 1955) was a famous baseball player. He was nicknamed the “Flying Dutchman.” Children could read Dan Gutman’s Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure.
Frank Bonham (born Los Angeles, California, 1914; died 1988) wrote at least 48 westerns and novels for young adults. His books include Nitty Gritty and Durango Street.
Enrico Caruso (born Naples, Italy, 1873; died Naples, Italy, August 2, 1921) was a famous operatic tenor.
Ida Lewis (born Newport, Rhode Island, 1842; died Little Rock Island, Newport, Rhode Island) was a lighthouse keeper. She is best known for making many daring rescues at sea. Children could read Rowing to the Rescue: The Story of Ida Lewis, Famous Lighthouse Heroine by Doris Licameli.
Pierre Auguste Renoir (born Limoges, France, 1841; died Cagnes-sur-Mer, Provence, France, December 17, 1919) was an impressionist painter. One of his most famous works is The Luncheon of the Boating Party. Later in his life, arthritis crippled his hands. He had paint brushes tied to his hands and learned to paint in broader strokes. Children could visit a website at: http://www.pierre-auguste-renoir.org/ .
Cynthia Voight (born Boston, Masachusetts, 1942) is an author who writes for children and young adults. She wrote Dicey’s Song, the Newbery Medal winner for 1983. She also wrote A Solitary Blue, which earned a 1984 Newbery Honor Award. Voight received the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her body of work. Children could view her website at: Cynthia Voight.
Buffalo Bill Cody (born William Frederic Cody in Scott County, Iowa, 1846; died Denver, Colorado, January 10, 1917) was a frontiersman and showman. Children can read more about him at: Buffalo Bill Cody
Victor Hugo (born Besancon, France, 1802; died Paris, France, May 22, 1885) was an author. One of his best known works is Les Miserables. Students can read many of his works at: Project Gutenberg.
Sharon Bell Mathis (born Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1937) writes books for children. Her book The Hundred Penny Box received a 1976 Newbery Honor Award. Children can learn more at: Sharon Bell Mathis.
Colby Rodowsky (born Baltimore, Maryland, 1932) writes books for children. Her books include Julie’s Daughter and Fitchett’s Folly.
Judith Saint George (born Westfield, New Jersey, 1939) has written over 40 books for children. Her books include So You Want to Be President? and The Duel. Children can learn more about her at her website at: Judith Saint George.
Levi Strauss (born Buttenheim, Bavaria, Germany, 1829; died San Francisco, California, September 26, 1902) invented tough, durable pants for California gold miners. These pants are now known as jeans. Idea: Children could compare and contrast denim with other fabrics. They could see how jeans are made at: Jeans.
Marian Anderson (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1897; died Portland, Oregon, April 8, 1993) was a singer and diplomat. She was the first African American soloist at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1939 the Daughters of the American Revolution would not allow her to perform in Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Eleanor Roosevelt and others were outraged. Days later she sang before 75,000 people in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Her courage and talent brought her great fame. She was a United States delegate to the United Nations in 1958. She received the United Nations Peace Prize in 1977. Children could read the wonderful book, When Marian Sang, written by Pam Munoz Ryan and illustrated by Brian Selznick. Children could learn more at Marian Anderson.
Florence Parry Heide (born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1919; died Kenosha, Wisconsin, October 23, 2011) wrote more than 100 books for children. Her books included The Treehorn series, illustrated by Edward Gorey, and Some Things Are Scary, illustrated by Jules Feiffer.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (born Portland, Maine, 1807; died Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 24, 1882) was a poet and writer. His works include The Song of Hiawatha and The Wreck of the Hesperus. Children can read his works at: Project Gutenberg/. Children can learn more at:Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Uri Shulevitz (born Warsaw, Poland, 1935) is an American writer and illustrator. He has written and/or illustrated at least 38 books. He received the 1969 Caldecott Medal for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship. He has also received three Caldecott Honor Awards: The Treasure in 1979, Snow in 1999, and How I Learned Geography in 2009. Children can learn more about him at: Uri Shulevitz.
John Steinbeck (born Salina, California, 1902; died New York, New York, December 20, 1968) was an author. His works include Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath. He was the Nobel Prize Winner in literature in 1962.
Megan McDonald (born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1959) writes books for children. Her books include the Judy Moody series and the Stink series. Children can visit her website, especially the Fun Stuff section, at: Megan McDonald.
Donna Jo Napoli (born Miami, Florida, 1948) writes books for children. She writes for a wide range of readers, from picture books to books for elementary school students to young adult readers. Her books include the Sly the Sleuth series, Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya, and Fire in the Hills. Children could visit her site at: Donna Jo Napoli.
Linus Pauling (born Portland, Oregon, 1901; died Big Sur, California, August 19, 1994) was a scientist. He received one Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1954 for research in molecular structure. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962 for his work in trying to stop nuclear testing. He was also famous for his claims that large amounts of Vitamin C reduce the effects of colds and other diseases.
Lemony Snicket (born Daniel Handler in San Francisco, California, 1970) writes books for children. His books include the Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer is Dead. Children would enjoy his website, especially the Dire Diversions portion, at: Lemony Snicket.
Glenn Miller (born Clarinda, Iowa, 1904; disappeared over the English Channel, December 15, 1944) was a bandleader and a composer. His big band sound was especially popular before and during World War II. He was on a flight to Paris to perform for troops when his plane vanished.
Donald “Deke” Slayton (born Sparta, Wisconsin, 1924; died League City, Texas, June 13, 1993) was one of the original seven astronauts. A heart condition kept him from traveling in space for some time, and he became chief of flight operations. In 1971 the heart condition disappeared, and he flew on the last Apollo mission. His crew docked for the first time with a Soviet Soyuz vessel. Children can learn more at: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/slayton.html.
Leo Dillon (born Brooklyn, New York, 1933; died Brooklyn, New York, May 26, 2012) was a picture book illustrator with wife Diane Dillon. He illustrated among other works Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale (Caldecott Medal), published in 1975. Children can learn more at: http://www.bookologymagazine.com/resources/authors-emeritus/dillon-leo/
Sam Houston (born Rockbridge County, Virginia, 1793; died Huntsville, Texas, July 26, 1863) is one of Texas’s greatest heroes. He defeated General Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. He was elected to the United States Senate and served as governor of Texas until 1861 when he declined to swear allegiance to the Confederacy. Children can learn more at: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/es/tx/es_tx_houston_1.html.
Marjorie Blain Parker (born Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1960) writes books for children. Her books include Jasper’s Day and When Dads Don’t Grow Up. Children can visit her website at: http://www.marjorieblainparker.com/
Dr. Seuss (born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, 1902; died La Jolla, California, September 24, 1991) was an author and an illustrator. He wrote among other works Green Eggs and Ham, published in 1960. His birthday is celebrated by the Read Across America program. Children could visit a website at: http://www.nea.org/readacross. They could make and eat green eggs by adding a few drops of green food coloring to scrambled eggs before cooking the eggs.