Oct 312024

Martin Luther in 1517 nailed his 95 Theses, also called the “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany. He was objecting to some of the policies and activities of the Catholic Church. His actions and the actions of others started the Protestant Reformation. Older children could read a transcription in English of his statements at: Luther 95 Theses.

Nov 102024

Holly Black (born West Long Branch, New Jersey, 1971) is a children’s author. She and Tony DiTerlizzi wrote The Spiderwick Chronicles. Children could visit her website at: Holly Black.

Neil Gaiman (born Portchest, United Kingdom, 1960) is a children’s author and graphic novelist. His book The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal in 2009. Children could visit his website at: Neil Gaiman.

Martin Luther (born Eisleben, Saxony, 1483; died Eisleben, Saxony, February 18, 1546) was a priest who actually started the Protestant movement. He nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of Wittenberg’s castle church on October 31, 1517. He also was an accomplished musician. He was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church and married a former nun, Katherine von Bora. Older children could read a transcription in English of his statements at: Ninety-Five Theses.

Kate Seredy (born Budapest, Hungary, 1899; died Middletown, New York, March 7, 1975) wrote and illustrated at least twelve books for children. In addition, she illustrated at least 50 books and textbooks written by other authors. Her The Good Master was awarded a 1935 Newbery Honor Award. The White Stag won the 1936 Newbery Medal. Then The Singing Tree was awarded a 1940 Newbery Honor Award. Her illustrations for The Christmas Anna Angel, written by Ruth Sawyer, were recognized with a 1945 Caldecott Honor Award. Notice she earned both Newbery and Caldecott Awards – quite an accomplishment! Children could learn more at: Kate Seredy.