May 052021

Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly (born Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, 1867; died New York, New York, January 22, 1922) was perhaps the leading female journalist of her time. She worked for the Pittsburgh Dispatch, reporting on working conditions, slum life and other topics. She moved to New York and worked on Pulitzer’s New York World. She pretended to be insane, and she was institutionalized. She then reported on the extreme conditions she found there. Perhaps her most exciting adventure came when she followed the route of Jules Verne’s imaginary Phileas Fogg and traveled around the world in 72 days. Children could listen to audio-copies of her books at: Project Gutenberg.
Children could also read Bonnie Christensen’s The Daring Nellie Bly: America’s Star Reporter.

J. Patrick Lewis (born Gary, Indiana, 1942) writes poetry and books for children. His books include the Tugg and Tiny series and What’s Looking at You, Kid? Children can learn more at: J. Patrick Lewis.

Inch by Inch

Leo Lionni (born Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1910; died Chianti, Italy, October 11, 1999) was an author and illustrator of over 40 books. He earned four Caldecott Honor Awards: Inch by Inch in 1961, Swimmy in 1964, Frederick in 1968, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse in 1970.

Todd Strasser (born New York, New York, 1950) has written more than 140 books for middle-grade children. His books include The Wave and Thief of Dreams. Children can learn more at: Todd Strasser.

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