Randolph Caldecott (born Chester, England, 1846; died St. Augustine, Florida, February 12, 1886) was a children’s illustrator. At age fifteen he went to work in a bank. However, he always carried a sketchbook with him; and he became an artist in 1872. Two of his works are Three Jovial Huntsmen and The House That Jack Built. Bad health forced him to come to America, but he died shortly after his arrival. Children can view many of his illustrated books at: Project Gutenberg. Around 1938 the American Library Association created the Caldecott Medal to honor the finest American illustrators of children’s books. Children can see more about the Caldecott Medal at: Caldecott. They could also read a biography of Caldecott and learn more about the Caldecott Medal by reading Children’s Book Award Handbook, by Diana F. Marks. Idea: Children could read and study some of the Caldecott winners. They could look at new books and make recommendations for next year’s winner.
Denys Cazet (born Oakland, California, 1938) has written and illustrated at least 35 books for children. His books include the Minnie and Moo series.
Andrew Lloyd Webber (born London, England, 1948) is a composer. His works include Phantom of the Opera and Cats.
Marcel Marceau (born Strasbourg, France, 1923; died Cahors, France, September 22, 2007) was a very famous mime. Idea: Children could produce their own mime acts, perhaps accompanied by Stephen Sondheim’s music or Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music.
James Patterson (born Newburgh, New York, 1947) writes books for children, young adults, and adults. His books for children include I Funny and The Worst Years of My Life. Children can learn more at: James Patterson.
Stephen Sondheim (born New York, New York, 1930; died Roxbury, Connecticut, November 26, 2021) was a composer. His works include Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods.
Sir Anthony Van Dyck (born Antwerp, Belgium, 1599; died London, England, December 9, 1641) was an artist. He is most known for his portraits and religious scenes. Children can see many of his works at: Van Dyck.