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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

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Southall, Ivan

One of Australia’s best-loved authors, Ivan Southall, born June 8, 1921, wrote his first book at the age of 14. His early works were aimed at adult audiences, but he soon moved into a new realm, publishing his first children’s novel, Hills End, in 1962. Not all of his work was readily accepted in his […]

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Sobol, Donald

The man behind the favorite detective of multiple generations, Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown, was none other than author Donald Sobol, born October 4, 1924. After serving in the Army Corps of Engineers during WWII, Sobol worked as a copy boy for the New York Sun after graduating from Oberlin College in Ohio. He never seriously considered […]

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Smith, Jessie Wilcox

Born in Philadelphia on September 7, 1863, Jessie Wilcox Smith was a prolific illustrator whose work is still familiar and cherished more than 100 years later. She was seventeen and training to be a kindergarten teacher before she discovered that she could draw. Smith then became a student of Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy […]

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Slobodkina, Esphyr

Esphyr Slobodkina was born on September 22, 1908 in Chelyabinsk, Siberia. She was named after Queen Esther, although it is pronounced es-fear in Russian. Her father was a manager for an oil company, but the Russian Revolution created an unstable and dangerous climate for this Jewish family. They moved to Vladivostok and then to Harbin, […]

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Slobodkin, Louis

Louis Slobodkin was born in Albany, New York, on February 19, 1903. He began the serious study of art at the age of 15, when he entered the Beaux Arts Institute of Design, where he studied sculpture, drawing, and composition. In his six years there, he won over 20 medals for his work, and was […]

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Simont, Marc

Illustrator Marc Simont was born on November 23rd in Paris, France. His childhood was spent in France, Spain, and the United States. Sickly, he taught himself to write by tracing the text of the Spanish picture book, El Ginesello. His schoolwork was also hindered by his travels and he never finished high school. He studied […]

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Silverstein, Shel

Shel Silverstein, beloved author of Where the Sidewalk Ends and many other collections of poetry for children, was born on September 25, 1930. Born Sheldon Allan Silverstein, in Chicago, he was well known as a children’s poet and book illustrator. That wasn’t his primary goal, but his friend Tomi Ungerer introduced him to Ursula Nordstrom, […]

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Sidney, Margaret

    Born on June 22, 1844, Margaret Sidney is a name associated with the well loved Five Little Peppers, but the woman behind the name was also deeply involved in historic preservation in her hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. Harriett Mulford Stone (Margaret Sidney was her pseudonym) began sending short stories to Wide Awake, a […]

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Shimin, Symeon

Symeon Shimin was born on November 1, 1902 in Astrakhan, Russia. He emigrated to the United States in 1912, where his parents ran a delicatessen. He was primarily self-taught. At age 16, he apprenticed himself to a commercial artist. In 1938, he was commissioned to paint a mural at the Department of Justice in Washington, […]

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Sherpard, Ernest H.

Ernest Howard Shepard was born on December 10, 1879, in London. He entered the Royal Academy School when he was 8 years old, where he studied drawing and painting from life, and won several medals. He exhibited his first picture when he was 22. He published his first drawing in Punch, one of Britain’s most […]

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