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Minarik, Else Holmelund

When her very young daughter didn’t have enough books to read, Else Holmelund Minarik (born September 13, 1920) created a story with short sentences and simple words about a bear and his mother. Ursula Nordstrom, the legendary children’s book editor at Harper & Row, found out about this story and traveled to Commack, Long Island, […]


Williams, Garth

Whether or not you recognize Garth Williams’ name, you must surely recognize his illustrations. Born on April 16, 1912, in New York City, his was an artistic family. As he said, “Everybody in my home was always either painting or drawing.” Growing up on a farm in New Jersey must have given him an excellent […]


White, E.B.

Born on July 11, 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York, E.B. White (Elwyn Brooks, called Andy by his friends) was a prolific essayist and columnist. His star in the firmament of children’s literature is firmly fixed as the author of Charlotte’s Web (1952), Stuart Little (1945), and The Trumpet of the Swan (1970). As he […]


Kraus, Robert

Robert Kraus, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was born on June 21, 1925. His given name was Herman Robert Kraus. He dropped the Herman when he was in art school. When he was a young boy, he decided he wanted to become a cartoonist and sold his first work—to a barbershop—when he was 10. “The […]


Silverstein, Shel

Shel Silverstein, beloved author of Where the Sidewalk Ends and many other collections of poetry for children, was born on September 25, 1930. Born Sheldon Allan Silverstein, in Chicago, he was well known as a children’s poet and book illustrator. That wasn’t his primary goal, but his friend Tomi Ungerer introduced him to Ursula Nordstrom, […]


DeJong, Meindert

Meindert DeJong (“Mick”) was born in Wierum, Netherlands on March 4, 1906. He emigrated to Grand Rapids, Michigan with his family when he was eight. He graduated with an A.B. from Calvin College in 1928. In World War II, he served in China as historian for the Chinese-American Wing of the 14th Air Force. He […]