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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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