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Tag Archives | children’s books

MacDonald, Betty

Betty Bard MacDonald was born on March 26, 1908, in Boulder, Colorado. She was raised in Seattle, Washington. After her first marriage, she and her husband moved to the Olympic peninsula and became chicken farmers, the basis for her hilarious book, The Egg and I, which was a million-dollar bestseller, a movie starring Claudette Colbert […]

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Lovelace, Maud Hart

Born on April 25, 1892, in Mankato, Minnesota, Maud Hart Lovelace is beloved in her home state and throughout the United States. Her characters Betsy, Tacy, and Tib, were first introduced in print in 1940, but girls still read about them today. In all, there are 12 books written about Deep Valley, Ms. Lovelace’s name […]

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London, Jack

Born John Griffith Chaney in San Francisco on January 12, 1876, Jack London was the son of a spiritualist (Flora Wellman) and, it is believed, an itinerant astrologer and journalist (William Chaney). Chaney left before the baby was born, and Flora married John London, a Civil War veteran, when young John was eight months old. Not […]

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Lofting, Hugh

Everybody knows Dr. Doolittle. He’s the vet who can actually talk to animals. But how many people know about the man who created this timeless character? Hugh Lofting was born on January 14, 1886 in Maidenhead, England. He was a very talented man who was trained as a civil engineer and who worked around the […]

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Lobel, Arnold

Arnold Lobel, who was born on May 22, 1933, is well-known for his I-Can-Read, Easy Reader, and picture books. Among his creations are Frog and Toad, whose stories are told in four separate books, and the Caldecott Medal-winning (1981) Fables, original fables written and illustrated by Lobel. Arnold Lobel studied at the Pratt Institute where […]

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Livingston, Myra Cohn

Myra Cohn Livingston was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on August 17, 1926. Her family moved to California when she was 12 years old. She studied the French horn from age 12 to age 20, becoming so good that the Los Angeles Philharmonic invited her to join them when she was 16 years old. She had […]

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Lionni, Leo

Born in Amsterdam on May 5, 1910, Leo Lionni received his doctorate in economics from the University of Genoa. But he found himself drawn to the artwork he’d been practicing since age six. In 1933, he began his career in advertising design as an art director for a food supplier. In 1939, in order to […]

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Lindgren, Astrid

Astrid Lindgren was born on November 14, 1907, in Vimmerby, Sweden. With no formal training beyond high school, she wrote Pippi Longstocking as a present for her daughter’s 10th birthday. Published in 1945, red-haired, strong-willed Pippi differed radically from the familiar literary tradition of the time. Lindgren received the Raben & Sjogren’s best children’s book […]

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Zolotow, Charlotte

Charlotte Zolotow was born on June 26, 1915, in Norfolk, North Virginia. She was the well-known editor and author who worked at Harper Junior Books for over 30 years. Zolotow wrote such books as The Park Book (illus. by H.A. Rey), William’s Doll (illus. by William Pene du Bois), and Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely […]

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Zindel, Paul

Born on May 15, 1937, Paul Zindel is thought of today as one of the founders of the young adult literary genre. Born and raised on Staten Island, New York, he graduated from Wagner College and taught high school chemistry on the Island. When his play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, won […]

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