May 192024

Prince Arthur

Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, were married by proxy in 1499. He was twelve years old, and she was thirteen years old. He was supposed to become King of England when his father died. However, Arthur died first at the age of fifteen, and his brother, Henry VIII, eventually took the throne. Henry married his brother’s widow, Catherine. She became the first of his six wives. How history can change as the result of a death!

May 192024

Ringling Brothers Circus performed for the first time in 1884 in their home town of Baraboo, Wisconsin. They then began to perform in the Midwest. After they acquired their first elephant in 1888, business rapidly expanded. More expansion was possible after they used the train system to move from place to place. Ringling Brothers held its final performance on May 21, 2017. Children can learn more at:

May 192024

Arthur Dorros (born Washington, DC, 1950) writes and illustrates books for children. He has written at least 26 books, including Abuela and Ten Go Tango. His Papá and Me received a 2009 Pura Belpré Honor Award. Children can visit his website at: Arthur Dorros.

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: Tom Feelings.

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; died Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 4, 1885) painted portraits and still lifes. She was a member of the famous Peale family, daughter of James and niece of Charles Willson. Many experts recognize her as the first American woman to be a successful professional artist. Children could see some of her works at: Sarah Miriam Peale. 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. She has written and illustrated at least twelve books, include the Fred and Anthony series and Auntie Claus. She has illustrated at least twenty books written by other others, including Jane Yolen and Diane Stanley. Children can learn more at her website: Elise Primavera.

Francis R. Scobee (born Cle Elum, West Virginia, 1939; died in Challenger disintegration, January 28, 1986) was the commander of the Challenger. Children could learn more at: Francis R. Scobee.

May 202024

Flag of Cameroon

Cameroon celebrates Republic Day. Declared a republic in 1972, Cameroon, according to the CIA World Factbook, is about the size of California. Its climate varies from tropical in the south to semiarid in the north. About 20.5 million people live in this African country, with most of the population located in the south. Approximately 70 percent of the population are farmers. Yaoundé is the capital. Kids can discover some great facts about Cameroon at: Cameroon.

May 202024
Poster Advertising Land

Poster Advertising Land

Homestead Act was created by Congress in 1862. Any person over the age of 21 or who was the head of a family could procure 160 acres of public land. He/she had to be willing to live on it for five years and to make improvements on it. The act enticed between 400,000 and 600,000 families to the West. Children could learn more at: Homestead Act.

May 202024

Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh started his solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927. He left Long Island, New York, in the Spirit of St. Louis at 7:52 AM. He arrived at Paris, France, at 10:24 PM on May 21. “Lucky Lindbergh” won a $25,000 prize for his efforts. He instantly became a national hero. Idea: Children could read more about his life and the fame he faced.

May 202024

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart started her solo flight across the Atlantic in 1932. She was the first woman to fly alone over the Atlantic. She departed from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland. Thirteen and a half hours later she landed in Londonderry, Ireland. Children could learn more at: Amelia Earhart.

May 202024

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: Project Gutenberg.

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: Buehner.

Carol Carrick (born Queens, New York, 1935; died Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, June 6, 2013) wrote about 50 books for children. Her books include 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: Sorche Nic Leodhas.

Dolley Madison

Dolley Madison

Dolley Payne Todd Madison (born Guilford County, North Carolina, 1768; died Washington, DC, July 12, 1849) was America’s First Lady from March 4, 1809 to March 3, 1817. She 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. Children could visit a website at: Dolley Payne Madison. 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) has written and illustrated at least 40 books for children. He has illustrated books by other authors, including Jack Prelutsky and Kevin Henkes. 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: Dan Yaccarino.