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Sewell, Helen

Helen Moore Sewell was born on June 27, 1896. Many will recognize her artwork from the original Little House books, some of which she co-illustrated with Mildred Boyle, but her career began much earlier. In fact, by age 8 she had already decided she was going to be an artist, and by 12 she had […]

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Sewell, Anna

Anna Sewell was born on March 30, 1820, in Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. Her family were devoted Quakers. She was very skilled with horses, and could control them with her voice alone. She always drove with a loose rein, and never, ever used a whip. The story of Black Beauty is based on Bessie, a horse […]

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Seredy, Kate

Kate Seredy (pronounced sher-edy) was born on November 10, 1899 in Budapest, Hungary. She received teaching certification in Budapest but worked as a nurse during WWI. She moved to the U.S. in 1922. Seredy settled on a farm in Montgomery, New York, ran a children’s bookstore from 1933-34, and then worked as a freelance illustrator […]

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Selsam, Millicent E.

Millicent Selsam was born May 30, 1912 in Brooklyn, N.Y. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in biology and went on to receive a master’s degree in botany from Columbia University. She taught high school science before deciding to write science discovery books for children in 1946. Her first book, From Egg to […]

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Selden, George

George Selden (Thompson) was born on May 14, 1929. Well-known as the author of The Cricket in Times Square (illustrated by Garth Williams), he was born in Hartford, Connecticut and educated at Loomis School and Yale University. A Fulbright scholarship took him to Italy in 1951 and 1952. His first two books were titles he […]

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Scarry, Richard

At least two generations have grown up scouring the pages of Richard Scarry books for new things, and finding them each and every time. A master of visual stories, Richard Scarry, born June 5th, 1919, once said that he created not only for the child, but also “for the parent, teacher or babysitter who has […]

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Sawyer, Ruth

Ruth Sawyer, a pre-eminent storyteller in the first half of the twentieth century, was born in Boston on August 5, 1880. She graduated from Columbia University with a BS degree in 1904, having studied folklore and storytelling, and began the first storytelling program at the New York Public Library. When she was twenty, Ms. Sawyer […]

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Sasek, Miroslav

Born November 16, 1916, in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Miroslav Sasek wrote a remarkable series of books that were first published in the 1960s. He trained as an architect to please his parents, who didn’t want him to work as an artist. However, after receiving his degree he attended l’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. He […]

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Salten, Felix

Born on September 6, 1869 in Budapest, Hungary, Siegmund Salzmann would take the name Felix Salten and pen one of the most beloved animal stories, Bambi, a Life in the Woods.   He had a job as an insurance agent, but he found it boring so he wrote poems and short stories under pseudonyms. Eventually, […]

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Stratton-Porter, Gene

On August 17, 1863, Geneva Grace Stratton (Gene), also known as the “Bird Lady,” was born in Wabash County, Indiana. She was the youngest of twelve children. She played many other roles in her lifetime, such as naturalist, photographer, natural-born storyteller, and writer. Stratton met her husband, Charles Darwin Porter, a pharmacist, while recovering from […]

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