Jan 182020

Raymond Briggs (born Wimbledon, England, 1934) writes and illustrates books for children. He has twice received the Kate Greenaway Medal, once in 1966 for The Mother Goose Treasury and once in 1973 for Father Christmas. One of his most famous works is the wordless book The Snowman. Children can view an interesting, informative website at: Raymond Briggs.

A(lan) A(lexander) Milne (born London, England, 1882; died Hartfield, England, January 31, 1956) was an author. He is best remembered for his Winnie the Pooh stories. Idea: Have a Winnie the Pooh day. Children could bring in their stuffed creatures, and they could share some of his writing. Children can read some of his works at: Project Gutenberg. However, the Winnie the Pooh books are not there. Children could learn more at: Milne.

Peter Roget (born London, England, 1779; died West Malvern, England, September 12, 1869) composed Roget’s Thesaurus. His book premiered in 1852. The word thesaurus comes from Latin and Greek roots meaning treasury. Children could view an online thesaurus at: http://thesaurus.com/. Idea: Children could learn how to use a thesaurus. Each could create a page of a thesaurus regarding a certain word. Consider using colors and action verbs.

Alan Schroeder (born Alameda, California, 1961) writes books for children. His books include Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman and Satchmo’s Blues.

Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster (born Salisbury, New Hampshire, 1782; died Marshfield, Massachusetts, October 24, 1852) was a politician and a speaker. Younger children might want to read Daniel Webster: Liberty and Union, Now and Forever by Bonnie Carmen Harvey. Older children might want to read The Devil and Daniel Webster, by Stephen Vincent Benet. Webster was a United States senator, member of the House of Representatives (representing two states at different times), and secretary of state (under Millard Fillmore, William Henry Harrison, and John Tyler). He ran for president, and he argued cases before the Supreme Court – busy man!

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