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Tag Archives | children’s books

Dodge, Mary Mapes

Born in Newark, New Jersey, on January 26, 1831, Mary Mapes Dodge was the most famous children’s book author of her time. Her father, James Jay Mapes, was a scientist who traveled in prominent social circles—Mapes Avenue in Newark was named after him. Married at 20 to lawyer William Dodge, the couple had two children. […]

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de Regniers, Beatrice Schenk

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers was born in Lafayette, Indiana. She studied social work administration at the University of Chicago and earned her M.Ed. in 1941 from Winnetka Graduate Teachers’ College. After doing social work for several years, she was sent to the Sinai Peninsula to a Yugoslav refugee camp, constructing a kindergarten and teaching American folk […]

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de Angeli, Marguerite

Marguerite (Lofft) de Angeli was born on March 14, 1889 in Lapeer, Michigan. Her father was a photographer and her grandfather was the town’s blacksmith. At the age of 13, her family moved to Philadelphia, where Marguerite’s artistic inclinations were encouraged. She was interested in singing, writing, and drawing, seemingly heading toward a career as a […]

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Danziger, Paula

Paula Danziger was born on August 18th in Washington, D.C. Raised in Virginia and New Jersey, she earned a BA in English and an MA in reading. She taught junior and senior high, as well as college. Her first book, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, was published in 1974. She wrote over 25 books, including The United Tates of […]

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Aruego, Joseph

Born on August 9th in Manila, the Philippines, Jose Aruego has a law degree from the University of the Philippines, but he chose to become a children’s book illustrator instead. He moved to New York City in order to attend the Parsons School of Design. In 1969, his first children’s book, The King and His […]

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Armstrong, William H.

Born on September 14, 1911, in the Shenandoah Valley near Lexington, Virginia, William H. Armstrong graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1936. He married Martha Williams in 1942—they were the parents of two boys and a girl. His wife died when their children were very young. He farmed in Connecticut near the Housatonic River, also learning […]

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Alexander, Lloyd

Lloyd Chudley Alexander was born on January 30th. He was reading by the time he was three, and always with a great fondness for mythology. He didn’t enjoy school, his grades weren’t good, but he worked in a bank to earn his college tuition. He dropped out of college after one term and joined the […]

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Ardizzone, Edward

Author and illustrator Edward Ardizzone was born October 16th, 1900, in Haiphong, French Indonesia (now Vietnam). He moved to England when he was five years old. As a child, he and his cousin Arthur explored the docks together and were given free run with he sailors. These experiences were the basis of his “Tim” books. […]

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Anglund, Joan Walsh

“What need we touch a child— with our books and rules? Let him walk among the hills and flowers, Let him gaze upon the waters, Let him look up to the stars— And he will have wisdom.” Author and illustrator Joan Walsh Anglund, born on January 3, is best known for her round-faced, featureless characters […]

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Aiken, Joan

Joan Delano Aiken was born on September 4th, 1924, in Sussex, England, the daughter of American writer Conrad Aiken and Canadian writer Jessie McDonald Aiken. When Ms. Aiken was five years old, her mother divorced Conrad Aiken and later married another writer, Martin Armstrong. Joan Aiken’s sister, Jane Aiken Hodge is also a writer. Aiken […]

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