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Lovelace, Maud Hart

Born on April 25, 1892, in Mankato, Minnesota, Maud Hart Lovelace is beloved in her home state and throughout the United States. Her characters Betsy, Tacy, and Tib, were first introduced in print in 1940, but girls still read about them today. In all, there are 12 books written about Deep Valley, Ms. Lovelace’s name […]

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Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

“Under the spreading chestnut tree, The village smithy stands The smith, a mighty man is he, With large and sinewy hands; And the muscles of his brawny arms Are strong as iron bands.” Those lines from “The Village Blacksmith” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow can probably be recognized, if not recited, by many Americans. Midwesterners will […]

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London, Jack

Born John Griffith Chaney in San Francisco on January 12, 1876, Jack London was the son of a spiritualist (Flora Wellman) and, it is believed, an itinerant astrologer and journalist (William Chaney). Chaney left before the baby was born, and Flora married John London, a Civil War veteran, when young John was eight months old. Not […]

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Lofting, Hugh

Everybody knows Dr. Doolittle. He’s the vet who can actually talk to animals. But how many people know about the man who created this timeless character? Hugh Lofting was born on January 14, 1886 in Maidenhead, England. He was a very talented man who was trained as a civil engineer and who worked around the […]

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Lobel, Arnold

Arnold Lobel, who was born on May 22, 1933, is well-known for his I-Can-Read, Easy Reader, and picture books. Among his creations are Frog and Toad, whose stories are told in four separate books, and the Caldecott Medal-winning (1981) Fables, original fables written and illustrated by Lobel. Arnold Lobel studied at the Pratt Institute where […]

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Livingston, Myra Cohn

Myra Cohn Livingston was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on August 17, 1926. Her family moved to California when she was 12 years old. She studied the French horn from age 12 to age 20, becoming so good that the Los Angeles Philharmonic invited her to join them when she was 16 years old. She had […]

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Lionni, Leo

Born in Amsterdam on May 5, 1910, Leo Lionni received his doctorate in economics from the University of Genoa. But he found himself drawn to the artwork he’d been practicing since age six. In 1933, he began his career in advertising design as an art director for a food supplier. In 1939, in order to […]

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Lindgren, Astrid

Astrid Lindgren was born on November 14, 1907, in Vimmerby, Sweden. With no formal training beyond high school, she wrote Pippi Longstocking as a present for her daughter’s 10th birthday. Published in 1945, red-haired, strong-willed Pippi differed radically from the familiar literary tradition of the time. Lindgren received the Raben & Sjogren’s best children’s book […]

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Lewis, C.S.

C.S. Lewis was born Clive Staples Lewis in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on November 29th, 1898. His mother died of cancer when he was ten and he and his brother were sent off to Wynyard School in England. Lewis sought refuge in composing stories and excelling in scholastics. After extensive literary and philosophical studies, he won […]

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Leodhas, Sorche Nic

Sorche Nic Leodhas—who was really LeClaire Alger—was born on May 20, 1898, in Youngstown, Ohio. Her father and sister were both writers, and she read a great deal because she was often sick as a child. At age 17, Ms. Alger worked as a page at the Pittsburgh library. In 1926, she enrolled at the […]

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