Henry Hudson in 1609 ventured into the Delaware Bay. He was exploring for the Dutch. Idea: Children could look at a map of Delaware Bay. They could find out how far upstream large ships can travel.
Ten women’s rights campaigners were arrested in 1917 while picketing outside the White House. The suffragists had started picketing in January. One of the leaders, Alice Paul, began a hunger strike in jail. President Woodrow Wilson was so concerned for his administration that he finally supported a Constitutional Amendment so that women could vote. Children could learn more at: Women’s Suffrage.
Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his I Have a Dream speech in 1963 in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Children can read the original text at: Dream Speech.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was dedicated in 2001 in Washington, DC. Situated between the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, the very impressive Stone of Hope statue by Lei Yixin stands 28 feet 6 inches tall. Children could learn more at: MLK Memorial.
Roger Duvoisin (born Geneva, Switzerland, 1904, died Morristown, New Jersey, June 30, 1980) was a children’s author and illustrator. One of his main characters in a series was Petunia. He received the 1948 Caldecott Award for White Snow, Bright Snow. He also earned a 1966 Caldecott Honor Award for Hide and Seek Fog. Children could learn more at: Roger Duvoisin.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (born Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 1749; died Weimar, Germany, March 22, 1832) was a philosopher, scientist, and writer. One of his greatest works is the verse play Faust. Older children can read many of his works at: Project Gutenberg.
Kevin Hawkes (born Sherman, Texas, 1959) illustrates books for children. He illustrated Island of the Aunts and Library Lion. Children can visit his webpage at: Kevin Hawkes.
Lucy Ware Webb Hayes (born , Ohio, 1831; died Fremont, Ohio, June 25, 1889) was the wife of Rutherford B. Hayes, nineteenth president of the United States. She visited the Civil War battle sites to care for the wounded. She served as first lady of Ohio when her husband was elected governor. Because she believed in the temperance movement, alcohol was not served in the White House when she was first lady. Visit a website at: Lucy Ware Webb Hayes.
Brian Pinkney (born Boston, Massachusetts, 1961) writes and illustrates books for children. His illustrations in When I Left My Village earned him the 1996 Sydney Taylor Older Reader Award. He received a 1996 Caldecott Honor Award for The Faithful Friend and a 1999 Caldecott Honor Award for Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra. He earned four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards: in 1993 for Sukey and the Mermaid, in 1996 for The Faithful Friend, in 1997 for Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, and in 2005 for God Bless the Child. He received the 2000 Coretta Scott King Medal for In the Time of the Drums. Children could visit his website at: Brian Pinkney.
Allen Say (born Yokohama, Japan, 1937) writes and illustrates books for children. His book Grandfather’s Journey received the 1994 Caldecott Medal. His works also include Home of the Brave and Drawing from Memory.
Tasha Tudor (born Boston, Massachusetts, 1915; died Marlboro, Vermont, June 18, 2008) wrote and/or illustrated almost 100 books for children. She earned the 1945 Caldecott Medal for Mother Goose and the 1957 Caldecott Medal for 1 is One.