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Wyss, Johann David

    Johann David Wyss, born on March 13, 1743, was a chaplain in the Swiss army and served in Italy. He is credited with writing Swiss Family Robinson but the story of family involvement only begins there. Johann David Wyss had four sons who loved to hear stories based on Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. […]

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Wyeth, N.C.

Born October 22, 1882, in Needham, Massachusetts, Newell Convers Wyeth is one of America’s most beloved artists and children’s book illustrators. He grew up on a farm near Walden Pond. His mother encouraged him to pursue his artistic talent, but his father told him to be practical and be educated as a draftsman. To that […]

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Wojciechowska, Maia

    Author of the 1965 Newbery winner, Shadow of the Bull (1964), Maia Wojciechowska, born August 7, 1927, was an unpublished author prior to the publication of this novel about bullfighting. Her family fled Poland, her birthplace, during World War II, spending some years in France and England before arriving in the U.S. after […]

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Williams, Margery

“There once was a Velveteen Rabbit and in the beginning he was really splendid.” Author of the classic story of how a boy’s love transforms a velveteen rabbit into a real one, Margery Williams Bianco was born on June 22nd, 1881. Mostly home schooled, she came to the United States when she was nine years […]

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Williams, Garth

Whether or not you recognize Garth Williams’ name, you must surely recognize his illustrations. Born on April 16, 1912, in New York City, his was an artistic family. As he said, “Everybody in my home was always either painting or drawing.” Growing up on a farm in New Jersey must have given him an excellent […]

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Wilder, Laura Ingalls

In a speech given October 1937, Laura Ingalls Wilder, who was born on February 7, 1867, reflected on her now famous Little House books. “Many years ago—there was no radio to amuse us, no moving pictures to go see, so when the day’s work was done, we sat in the twilight or by the evening […]

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Wiggin, Kate Douglas

  Born on September 28th, Kate Douglas (Smith) Wiggin (1856-1923) was an American author and educator. Although she is probably most known for writing Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, she also organized the first free kindergarten in San Francisco. With her sister, she also established a training school for kindergarten teachers. Her other books include The […]

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Wisniewski, David

Born March 21, 1953, Caldecott winner (Golem, 1997) David Wisniewski’s family moved frequently when he was a child as a result of his father’s career in the Air Force. Later he traveled with the Ringling Brothers Circus and Vargas Circus where he worked as a puppeteer. It was during this time he met his wife […]

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Wiese, Kurt

Born on April 22, 1887 in Minden, Germany, Kurt Wiese led a colorful life before he became a children’s book illustrator. He wanted to be an artist, but few people made their living that way, so he became an exporter in China. From 1909 to 1915, he traveled throughout the Far East. When World War […]

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Wibberley, Leonard

Leonard Wibberley was born on April 9, 1915 in Ireland. He wrote more than 50 books for children, some of them under the pen names of Patrick O’Connor and Christopher Webb. His seven-volume Treegate series, set during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, is highly regarded for its concentration on characters and its […]

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