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Lent, Blair

Once an illustrator wins the Caldecott Medal, he or she becomes known by that work. Illustrator Blair Lent, born on January 22, 1930, was recognized in 1973 with a Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in The Funny Little Woman and a  Caldecott Honor in 1969 for his illustrations for Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the […]


Gorey, Edward

Born on February 25th, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois, Edward St. John Gorey learned to read at an early age, devouring Dracula, Alice in Wonderland, and the novels of Victor Hugo by the time he was eight. He took his only formal art training at the Chicago Art Institute in 1943, moving on to Harvard, from […]


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 […]


Dennis, Wesley

Although Marguerite Henry’s horse books are favorites with children, it can be argued that they would not be as popular without (John) Wesley Dennis’ beautiful paintings. Born in Massachusetts on May 16, 1903, Dennis worked as a magazine ad illustrator while he was going to the New School in Boston. He then traveled to Paris […]


Cormier, Robert

Robert Cormier was born on Jan. 17, 1925 in Leominster, Massachusetts, and he lived there his entire life. He said that he always wanted to be a writer, and a seventh-grade teacher at his parochial school gave him his first real encouragement. He attended nearby Fitchburg State College where, as a freshman, he made his first […]


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 […]