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Isaac Asimov

Asimov, Isaac

“All I do is write, eat, sleep and talk to my wife.” With over 500 titles to his name, Isaac Asimov, born on January 2, 1920, was very dedicated to his craft. He described himself as a diverse writer, writing everything and anything he could think of from straight science and children’s books to the […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Aldis, Dorothy Keely

Dorothy Keeley Aldis was born in Chicago on March 13, 1896. Her father was the managing editor of the Chicago Tribune and the young Dorothy lived around books and the written word her entire life. She wrote books and poetry for adults and children, but her children’s work is still remembered today. Her poems may be found […]


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. […]


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 […]


Anderson, Hans Christian

There are probably few children alive today who have not heard of The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor’s New Clothes or The Little Mermaid. Hans Christian Andersen brought these and 350 other stories to life in his desire to make people laugh. Born into a poor family on April 2, 1805, Hans Christian Anderson was close […]


Alcott, Louisa May

Which author has had a book on the bestseller list for over 100 years after her death and has a crater on Venus named after her? Louisa May Alcott, one of the greatest female writers of the 19th century, was born on November 29th, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth, and May, were […]


Adams, Richard

The first edition of Watership Down was published in 1972. Written by Richard Adams, whose birthday we celebrate on May 9th, the story is about a flock of rabbits whose burrows are destroyed by urban expansion, so they search for a new place to settle. It combines fantasy, adventure, and ecology. Adams did not pay […]