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Sutcliff, Rosemary

Rosemary Sutcliff, author of children’s historical novels, was born on December 14, 1920, in Surrey, England. She wrote children’s books, novels, short stories, and scripts for radio, TV, and film. In childhood, Stills disease kept her in a wheelchair and close to home. Her mother homeschooled her and first introduced her to Saxon and Celtic […]

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Streatfield, Noel

Noel Streatfield was born on December 24th, 1895, the daughter of an Anglican clergyman. She worked in a soldiers’ hospital during World War I, but also wrote and produced plays during this time. After the war, in 1919, she enrolled at the Royal Academy in London to study acting. She had a bad experience on […]

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Stolz, Mary

Mary Stolz was born on March 24, 1920, in Boston, Massachusetts. She went to school in New York City, and later lived on Florida’s Gulf Coast. She was a writer from the time she was a teen, editing her school magazine. Ms. Stolz married at 18 and stopped writing to be a homemaker and raise […]

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Stockton, Frank

Frank Stockton was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 5, 1834. Does his name not sound familiar? His stories will. Well-known in his day as a humorist and short-story writer, he was also the assistant editor of Hearth and Home, Century Magazine, and St. Nicholas magazine, where he worked with editor Mary Mapes Dodge (the […]

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Stevenson, Robert Louis

Robert Louis Stevenson, hailed as one of the greatest letter writers in the English language, was born in Edinburgh on November 13th, 1850. At the age of seventeen, he enrolled at Edinburgh University to study engineering, but switched to law. After completing his exams, he turned to writing and moved to France to be in […]

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Steptoe, John

Author and illustrator John Steptoe was born on Sept. 14, 1950, in Brooklyn, NY. From early childhood, he drew pictures and told stories to go with them. He received formal art training at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. He published his first book, Stevie, at the age of 19 (written at […]

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Spyri, Johanna

    Johanna Louise Heusser was born on June 12, 1827 in Hirzel, Switzerland. She was one of six children in a household where music and books were revered. She was educated at school and at home, finally being sent to Zurich at age 14 to study modern languages and piano. There, she met a […]

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Steig, William

Called the “King of Cartoons” by Newsweek magazine, William Steig was born on November 14, 1907. He carved out dual careers as both a highly-respected and entertaining cartoonist and an award-winning, bestselling author of children’s books and novels. Steig was born into an artistic family in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in the Bronx, […]

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Sperry, Armstrong

Armstrong Sperry, author and illustrator of more than 25 books, was born on November 7th, 1897 in New Haven, Connecticut, and received his first academic training at Yale School of Art. Sperry received the Newbery Medal in 1941 for Call It Courage, a story based on a legend of the South Seas. Mafatu, the son […]

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Speare, Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George Speare was born on November 21, 1908 in Melrose, Massachusetts. Young Elizabeth loved to read, spending long summers devouring books and dreaming about the characters she met there and her own made-up stories. She went to Smith College and Boston University, teaching high school English in Massachusetts after graduate school. She married Alden […]

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