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Bontemps, Arna

  Born on October 13, 1902 in Louisiana, Arna Bontemps grew up and was educated in California. Upon graduating from college he accepted a teaching position in New York City, where he became friends with several other writers and educators, including Langston Hughes. Bontemps would become, along with Hughes, one of the influential artists of […]

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Bawden, Nina

Nina Bawden, born January 19, 1925, wrote more than 19 novels for children and 23 novels for adults. Born in London and evacuated to South Wales during World War II, she lived between Cambridge and Norwich in the United Kingdom and in a house on the Aegean Sea in Greece. Her well-known books include Carrie’s War and The […]

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Bellairs, John

Born on January 17, 1938, John Bellairs was the son of a saloon keeper in Marshall, Michigan. He received his BA degree from the University of Notre Dame and his master’s at the University of Chicago. He taught English at several universities for the next eight years, including the College of St. Teresa in Winona, […]

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Bemelmans, Ludwig

Ludwig Bemelmans was born April 27, 1898 in Meran, Austria, which today is in Italy.  When he was eight his parents divorced and he and his mother went to live with her family in Regensburg, Germany. Ludwig was a “busy boy.” He attended various schools and private academies but failed at most of them. When […]

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Bonsall, Crosby

Crosby Bonsall was born on January 2nd in 1921 in Long Island. She studied at New York University School of Architecture and the American School of Design. She had a passion for designing even as a young child. Her children’s literature career started as a doodle on her drawing board. A doll manufacturer bought the […]

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Brink, Carolyn Ryrie

Carol Ryrie Brink was born on December 28, 1895 in Moscow, Idaho. She attended the Universities of Idaho and California Berkeley, from which she graduated in 1918. She met and married Raymond Brink, a mathematician at the University of Minnesota. She was an orphan, raised by her aunt and grandmother, and grew up listening to […]

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Brooke, L. Leslie

Older readers may remember Brooke’s stories of Johnny Crow and the illustrations for books by Robert Charles, Mrs. Molesworth, Andrew Lang, and Edward Lear. Born in Great Britain on September 24, 1862, Leonard Leslie Brooke trained at the Royal Academy and then succeeded Walter Crane as illustrator for Victorian stories for children, Brooke’s work is […]

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Brown, Margaret Wise

Family daydreamer, prankster, and storyteller Margaret Wise Brown was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1910. She enrolled in the teacher training program at Bank Street College and became a protégé of founder Lucy Sprague Mitchell who changed ideas about educating and writing for the very young. Her ideas encouraged “here and now” stories for […]

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Brown, Marcia Joan

Born on July 13th, Marcia Brown was the daughter of a minister—one of three minister’s daughters, growing up during the Great Depression. She was interested in medical school, but there wasn’t enough money. Instead, she studied at New York State College for Teachers, majoring in English and drama. She taught high school for three years, […]

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Bulla, Clyde Robert

Born on January 9, 1914, Clyde Robert Bulla said,”I learned to read and write in a one room country school [in Missouri]. As soon as I discovered words and what they meant and what they could be made to mean, my path was set. I was going to be a writer.” With such childhood insight […]

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