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Freeman, Don

Author and illustrator Don Freeman, born on August 11, 1908, is well-known for his Corduroy stories and Norman the Doorman (1959). Both titles are enduring favorites of young children who can easily relate to Corduroy’s search for a missing button, wanting to find a home, and Norman’s joy when he wins the prize for the […]

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Forbes, Esther

Esther Forbes, born on June 28, 1891, was well-known in her day as an author of historical novels for adults. In fact, she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1942 for Paul Revere and the World He Lived In. She was thought to be one of the foremost Revere scholars of her time. During her research […]

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Fleischman, Sid

Albert Sidney (Sid) Fleischman, born March 16, 1920 in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in San Diego, CA. As a youth, he wanted to be a magician. After high school, he performed in vaudeville shows across the country, and had a book of original magic tricks published when he was 17. After graduating from college he […]

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Flack, Marjorie

Marjorie Flack was born on October 22, 1897. Her most well-known book, thanks to Captain Kangaroo, is The Story About Ping (illus. by Kurt Wiese). Ms. Flack was given a Caldecott Honor in 1947 for her book, The Boats on the River (Viking), which was illustrated by Jay Hyde Barnum. Barbara Bader, in her book American Picture […]

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Fisher, Aileen

Born on September 9, 1906 in Iron River, Michigan, Aileen Fisher graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism in 1927. She moved to Chicago, helped to place women journalists, and became director in 1928 of the Women’s National Journalistic Register. She sold her first poem to Child Life magazine in 1927. […]

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Fisher, Dorothy Canfield

Dorothy Canfield Fisher was born Dorothea Frances Canfield on February 17, 1879, in Vermont. She was named after a character in Middlemarch. She was a prolific writer, publishing books for children and adults. Ms. Fisher received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in 1899 and a PhD from Columbia University in 1904. Throughout her […]

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Field, Rachel

Rachel Lyman Field, who was born on September 19, 1894, was a well-known author of popular children’s books during the 1920s and 1930s.. She grew up in New York City, was educated at Radcliffe. In 1929, she was the first woman to be awarded the John Newbery Medal for Hitty: Her First Hundred Years. Both […]

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Feelings, Tom

Tom Feelings, born on May 19, 1933, was a native of Brooklyn, NY. He attended the School of Visual Arts for two years before joining the Air Force, working as a staff artist. He then worked as a freelance artist, published in Look magazine, traveled to Ghana to work for the African Review, and returned […]

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Farley, Walter

In 1940, an editor told him, “Don’t figure on making any money writing children’s books.” Walter Farley disagreed. He wrote The Black Stallion (Random House) as a high school student in Brooklyn, New York. The book was published when he was 26, while he attended Columbia University. Born on June 26th in Syracuse, New York, […]

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Farjeon, Eleanor

Eleanor Farjeon was born on February 13th, 1881, in London. She wrote lyrics and her brother Harry wrote the music for songs they performed in London. She published her first magazine story, “The Cardboard Angel,” in Hutchinson’s at the age of nineteen. She was a regular contributor to Punch from 1914-17, wrote verse as “Tomfool” for the […]

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