Jan 272024

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll (born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in Cheshire, England, 1832; died Guidlford, Surrey, England, January 14, 1898) was a writer and a mathematician. He is best known for his works, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Idea: Have a Mad Hatter’s tea party. Children could read his works at: Project Gutenberg. Children could learn more at: Lewis Carroll.

Julius Lester (born Saint Louis, Missouri, 1939; died Palmer, Massachusetts, January 18, 2018) was a professor and author. He wrote at least 40 books for both children and adults. His book To Be a Slave received a 1969 Newbery Honor Award. He received the 2006 Coretta Scott King Award for Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue. I really like his book John Henry. Jerry Pinkney, the book’s illustrator, received a 1962 Caldecott Award for his work.

The Pushcart War

Jean Merrill (born Rochester, New York, 1923; died Randolph, Vermont, August 2, 2012) wrote at least nine books for children. Her two most famous books are The Pushcart War, published in 1964, and Toothpaste Millionaire, published in 1972.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (born Salzburg, Austria, 1756; died Vienna, Austria, December 5, 1791) was a composer and a musician. He was playing before audiences by age three. He created his first composition at age five. He composed over 600 pieces of music. Two of his most famous works are Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute. Idea: Play some of his works. Children enjoy The Magic Flute.