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Marshall, James

James Marshall was born on October 10, 1942 in San Antonio, Texas, where his father worked for the railroad and had a dance band. James studied the viola and received a scholarship for the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He intended to have a musical career until he injured his hand when jerked […]


Weisgard, Leonard

Leonard Weisgard was born on December 13, 1916 and wrote or illustrated nearly 200 children’s books during his 50-year career. Weisgard attended Pratt Institute and the New School for Social Research. Weisgard worked as a department store and magazine artist before publishing his first book, Suke the Siamese Pussy, in 1937. He also worked under […]


Taback, Simms

Simms Taback was born February 13, 1932. Taback grew up in New York, studying art at the High School of Music and Art and Cooper Union. He worked as a graphic designer, an art director for an advertising agency, and a partner in a design firm. His grandchildren are still impressed that he designed McDonald’s […]


Sobol, Donald

The man behind the favorite detective of multiple generations, Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown, was none other than author Donald Sobol, born October 4, 1924. After serving in the Army Corps of Engineers during WWII, Sobol worked as a copy boy for the New York Sun after graduating from Oberlin College in Ohio. He never seriously considered […]


Freeman, Don

Author and illustrator Don Freeman, born on August 11, 1908, is well-known for his Corduroy stories and Norman the Doorman (1959). Both titles are enduring favorites of young children who can easily relate to Corduroy’s search for a missing button, wanting to find a home, and Norman’s joy when he wins the prize for the […]


Newbery, John

      John Newbery, born on July 19, 1713, set up a bookshop and publishing house named the Bible and the Sun in London in 1744 and became one of the first to publish children’s books. In 1781, his firm published the first collection of nursery rhymes associated with Mother Goose. A Pretty Little […]