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Lauber, Patricia

Patricia Lauber celebrated her birthday on February 5, 1924. She was born in New York City, but grew up in East Norwalk. Ms. Lauber graduated from Wellesley College. She published more than 125 books during her career, many of them about science, striving to “make science both an entertaining as well as an enriching experience for […]

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Harris, Joel Chandler

Joel Chandler Harris was born on December 9 in either 1945 or 1948 in Eatonton, Georgia. At age 14, he took his first job as a printer’s devil for The Countryman, a local weekly newspaper that was published on Turnwold Plantation. While working there, Harris listened to the stories of the black slaves Uncle George […]

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Jarrell, Randall

Born on May 6, 1914, Randall Jarrell grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. After earning his BA and MA degrees from Vanderbilt University, he taught at Kenyon College, the University of Texas, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 1964, Mr. Jarrell was struggling with writer’s block. His friend and editor, Michael di Capua, […]

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Jacques, Brian

For thousands of children born since 1986, reading means the Brian Jacques’ Redwall series. Whether they were first hooked on books by the exploits of Matthias, Cluny, Martin the Warrior, and Jacques’ many memorable characters, or by the action and adventure, his stories created many readers for life. With 22 books in 29 languages having sold […]

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Irving, Washington

Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” original stories based on European folklore, are well known to readers today. Characters from each, the farmer who naps for twenty years; scrawny schoolmaster Ichabod Crane greedily eyeing the beautiful and wealthy Katrina Van Tassel, and Bron Van Brunt who engineers Crane’s comeuppance have […]

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Hunt, Irene

May 18, 1907, Irene Hunt came into this world, born to Sarah and Franklin Hunt. At the age of seven, Irene’s father died. Shortly afterward she and her mother moved to live with her grandparents on a farm in Illinois. Irene grew to be very close to her Grandfather and loved to listen to the […]

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Hamilton, Virginia

Virginia Hamilton was born on March 12th, 1936, on a farm in Yellow Springs, Ohio. As a writer, she achieved critical success from the start with the publication of her first book, Zeely. Her great storytelling voice did not die with her in January of 2002, and I thought it best you hear from her […]

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Forbes, Esther

Esther Forbes, born on June 28, 1891, was well-known in her day as an author of historical novels for adults. In fact, she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1942 for Paul Revere and the World He Lived In. She was thought to be one of the foremost Revere scholars of her time. During her research […]

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Fisher, Dorothy Canfield

Dorothy Canfield Fisher was born Dorothea Frances Canfield on February 17, 1879, in Vermont. She was named after a character in Middlemarch. She was a prolific writer, publishing books for children and adults. Ms. Fisher received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in 1899 and a PhD from Columbia University in 1904. Throughout her […]

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Field, Rachel

Rachel Lyman Field, who was born on September 19, 1894, was a well-known author of popular children’s books during the 1920s and 1930s.. She grew up in New York City, was educated at Radcliffe. In 1929, she was the first woman to be awarded the John Newbery Medal for Hitty: Her First Hundred Years. Both […]

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