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Bontemps, Arna

  Born on October 13, 1902 in Louisiana, Arna Bontemps grew up and was educated in California. Upon graduating from college he accepted a teaching position in New York City, where he became friends with several other writers and educators, including Langston Hughes. Bontemps would become, along with Hughes, one of the influential artists of […]

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Moore, Lilian

Born on March 17, 1909, Lilian Moore grew up in New York, received a degree in teaching from Hunter College, and did graduate work at Columbia University. She attended college during the Depression, so job opportunities were few. She worked for the Bureau of Educational Research, helping children who could not read in their Reading […]

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Montgomery, L.M.

Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in Clifton, P.E.I., Canada on November 30, 1874. After the death of her mother when she was young, Montgomery’s refuge from loneliness was her imagination. She was a storyteller from early youth. “I cannot remember when I was not writing, or when I did not mean to be an author.” […]

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Monjo, F.N.

  F.N. (Ferdinand Nicolas) Monjo was born August 28, 1924 in Stamford, Connecticut. His family owned the Monjo Company, fur traders in America from the time of the Civil War. After graduation from Columbia University in 1946, he worked in editorial positions at several major children’s publishing companies. In 1968, his first children’s book was […]

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Minarik, Else Holmelund

When her very young daughter didn’t have enough books to read, Else Holmelund Minarik (born September 13, 1920) created a story with short sentences and simple words about a bear and his mother. Ursula Nordstrom, the legendary children’s book editor at Harper & Row, found out about this story and traveled to Commack, Long Island, […]

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Milne, A.A.

“A children’s book must be written, not for children but for the author himself.” When Disney bought the film rights to Winnie-the-Pooh in 1961, this cuddly bear became a part of every American’s childhood, and we all felt we knew the author A.A. Milne. For example, how many of us believe that Alan Alexander Milne, […]

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Miles, Miska

      Miska Miles was a pseudonym for the author Patricia Miles Martin, born November 14, 1899 in Cherokee, Kansas. She was a graduate of the University of Wyoming and worked as an elementary school teacher for four years before beginning a career in writing. Patricia began writing almost by accident. She had enrolled […]

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Merriam, Eve

Born on July 19, 1916 in Philadelphia, poet Eve Merriam was also a playwright, director, and lecturer. She attended Cornell, the Universities of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and Columbia. Her first book was Family Circle, published in 1946. It was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets by Archibald MacLeish. Her book Inner City Mother […]

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Meigs, Cornelia

Cornelia Meigs was born on December 6, 1884, in Rock Island, Illinois. When she was one month old, her family moved to Keokuk, Iowa, where her father was a civil engineer for several projects on the Mississippi River. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1907, then returned to Iowa, where she taught at St. […]

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McKissack, Fredrick

Fredrick McKissack, born on August 12, 1939, was part of the well-known writing team of Patricia and Fredrick McKissack. They knew each other as children in Tennessee, both attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, married, and began collaborating in the early 1980s when they both reached turning points in unrelated careers. They eventually co-wrote more […]

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