Author Birthdays

An incomplete listing of author birthdays by date. Links will take you to posts on this blog.

Jan 2:     Isaac Asimov (1920–1992) (Foundation series; I, Robot)
Jan 3:     J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973) (The Hobbit; The Lord of 
                        the Rings)
Jan 12:   Jack London (1876–1916) (Call of the Wild; White Fang)
Jan 13:   Michael Bond (b. 1926) (Paddington Bear series)
Jan 14:   Hugh Lofting (1886–1947) (Dr. Doolittle)
Jan 18:   A. A. Milne (1882–1956)  (Winnie the Pooh; The House at Pooh 
               Arthur Ransome (1884–1967) (the Swallows & Amazons books)
Jan 19:   Edgar Allen Poe (1809–1849)
Jan 25:   Robert Burns (1759–1796), Scots poet
Jan 26:   Mary Mapes Dodge (1831–1905) (Hans Brinker and the Silver 
               Shannon Hale (1974) (The Princess Academy; The Goose Girl; 
                        River Secrets; Palace of Stone)
Jan 27:   Lewis Carroll (1832–1989) (Alice in Wonderland; Through the 
                        Looking Glass)
Jan 30:   Lloyd Alexander (1924–2007)

Feb 1:     Langston Hughes

Feb 2:     Charles Darwin (1809–1882) (On the Origin of Species)
Feb 7:     Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
                Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957) (Little House books)
Feb 8:     Jules Verne (1828–1905) (the father of science fiction)
Feb 10:   E.L. Konigsburg (b. 1930) (From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs.
                        Basil E. Frankweiler)
Feb 11:   Jane Yolen (b. 1939) (Owl Moon; Catwings)
Feb 12:   Judy Blume (b. 1938) (Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing)
Feb 15:   Norman Bridwell (b. 1928) (creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog)
Feb 17:   Andre Norton (1912–2005) (the Witch World novels; The Zero 
Feb 19:   Louis Slobodkin (1903–1975) (author; illustrator of The 
                       Hundred Dresses, Many Moons)
Feb 24:   Wilhelm Grimm (1786–1859) (the younger Grimm brother)
Feb 27:   Henry W. Longfellow (1807–1882)
Feb 28:   Sir John Tenniel (1820–1914) (illustrator of Alice in 

Mar 2:

   Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel, 1904–1991)
Mar 9:    Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932) (The Wind in the Willows; 
                       The Reluctant Dragon)
Mar 11:  Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983) (The Snowy Day)
               Wanda Gag (1893–1946) (Millions of Cats)
Mar 13:  Ellen Raskin (1928–1984) (The Westing Game)
Mar 20:  Lois Lowry (1937) (Number the Stars; The Giver)
Mar 23:  Eleanor Cameron (1912–1996) (the Mushroom Planet books)
Mar 26:  Robert Frost (1874–1963)
Mar 30:  Anna Sewell (1820–1878) (Black Beauty)
Mar 31:  Andrew Lang (1844–1912) (a number of fairy tale collections)

April 1:

  Anne McCaffrey (1926–2011) (The Dragonriders of Pern and
                      Talents series)
April 2:   Hans Christian Anderson (1805–1875)
               Washington Irving (1783–1859)
April 9:   Margaret Peterson Haddix (b. 1964) (Among the Hidden series)

April 12:

Beverly Cleary (b. 1916) (Ramona)
April 13: Marguerite Henry (1902–1997) (Misty of Chincoteague; King 
                       of the Wind)
April 16: Gertrude Chandler Warren (the Boxcar mysteries)
April 23: Ngaio Marsh (the Inspector Alleyn mysteries);
               William Shakespeare: first tribute; second tribute
April 24: Elizabeth Goudge (1900–1984) (Gentian Hill; Pilgrim’s Inn; 
                       A City of Bells)
April 25: Maud Hart Lovelace (1892–1980) (the Besty-Tacy series)

May 9:

    Richard Adams (b. 1920) (Watership Down)
                James M. Barrie (1860–1937)  (Peter Pan)
                William Pene DuBois (1916–1993) (The Twenty-One Balloons)
                Eleanor Estes (1906–1988) (The Moffats, Ginger Pye, The
                        Hundred  Dresses)
May 11:   Sheila Burnford (1918–1944) (The Incredible Journey)
May 12:   Edward Lear (1812–1888)
                Farley Mowat (b. 1921) (Never Cry Wolf)
May 14:   George Selden (1929–1989) (The Cricket of Times Square)
May 15:   L. Frank Baum (1856–1919) (Oz books)
May 16:   Margret Rey (1906–1996) (Curious George co-author)
May 18:   Irene Hunt (1907–2001) (Across Five Aprils; Up a Road Slowly)
May 20:   Margery Allingham (1904–1966) (Campion mysteries)
May 22:   Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) (Sherlock Holmes mysteries)
May 23:   Margaret Wise Brown (1910–1952) (The Runaway Bunny; 
                        Goodnight Moon)
                Susan Cooper (b. 1935) (the Dark is Rising quintet)
                Scott O’Dell (1903–1989) (Island of the Blue Dolphins)
May 27:   Rachel Carson (1907–1964)

June 2:

  Norton Juster (b. 1929) (The Phantom Tollbooth)
June 3:   Marion Zimmer Bradley (1930-1999) (Darkover series; Avalon 
June 5:   Richard Scarry (1919–1994)
June 6:   Cynthia Rylant (b. 1954) (Henry & Mudge books;
                        Mr. Putter and Tabby books)
June 10:  Maurice Sendak (1928–2012) (Where the Wild Things Are; 
                         Chicken Soup with Rice; illustrator of Little Bear) (obituary/tribute)
June 12:  Johanna Spyri (1827–1901) (Heidi)
June 13:  Dorothy L. Sayers (1893–1957) (Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries)
June 14:  Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896) (Uncle Tom’s Cabin)
June 15:  Brian Jacques (1939–2011) (Redwall series)
June 18:  Chris Van Allsburg (b.1949) (The Polar Express; Jumanji)
June 20:  Catherine Aird (b.1930) (Sloan & Crosby mysteries)
                 Edward Eager (1911–1964) (Half Magic; Magic By the Lake; 
                         The Time Garden)
June 24:  Mercedes Lackey (b.1950) (the Valdemar novels; the Elemental
                         Masters series; and many other fantasy books)
June 25:  Eric Carle (1929) (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)
                 Dorothy Gilman (1923–2012) (Mrs. Pollifax mysteries, including  
                         The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax)
                 Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973) (The Good Earth; The Big Wave)
June 26:  Walter Farley (1922–1989) (The Black Stallion and its sequels)
                 Charlotte Zolotow (b.1915) (Over and Over)
June 27:  Helen Keller (1880–1968)
June 29:  Antoine du Sainte-Exupery (1900–1944) (The Little Prince)

July 1:

     Jean Craighead George (b.1919) (My Side of the Mountain)
July 4:      Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864)
July 7:      David Eddings (1931–2009) (the Belgariad and Mallorean series)
                 Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988) (Stranger in a Strange Land; 
                        Citizen of the Galaxy)
July 11:    E.B. White (1899–1985) (Charlotte’s Web; Stuart Little; 
                        The Trumpet of the Swan)
July 14:    Peggy Parish (1927–1988) (the Amelia Bedelia books)
July 15:    Clement C. Moore (1779–1863) (“Twas the Night Before
July 25:    Josephine Tey (1896–1952) (Alan Grant mysteries, including 
                       The Daughter of Time)
July 26:    Jan Berenstain (1923–2012) (co-author of the Berenstain
                        Bears books)
July 28:    Beatrix Potter (1866–1943) (The Tale of Peter Rabbit)
July 31:    J. K. Rowling (b.1965) (the Harry Potter series)
                        (It’s also Harry’s birthday!)

Aug 9: 

    Enid Blyton (1897–1968) (over 600 British children’s books)
Aug 15:    E. (Edith) Nesbit (1858–1924) (The Railway Children; the  
                        Bastable and Psammead series)
Aug 28:    Tasha Tudor (1915–2008) (illustrator)
Aug 30:    Laurent de Brunhoff (b.1925) (son; continued the Babar series)
                 Virginia Lee Burton (1909–1968) (The Little House)
                 Mary W. Shelley (1797–1851) (Frankenstein)

Sept  2:

   Joan Aiken (1924–2004) (The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and 
                        sequels; the Armitage books)
Sept 13:   Roald Dahl (1916–1990) (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; 
                        James and the Giant Peach)
                 Else Holmelund Minarik (b.1920) (the Little Bear books)
Sept 15:   Agatha Christie (1890–1976) (Poirot, Miss Marple, and
                        other mysteries)
                 Robert McCloskey (1914–2003) (Make Way for Ducklings; 
                        Blueberriesfor Sal; Homer Price)
Sept 17:   Elizabeth Enright (1909–1968) (The Saturdays and its sequels
                 Mary Stewart (b.1916) (The Arthurian saga; Airs Above the 
                        Ground; Touch Not the Cat)
Sept 19:   Rachel Field (1894–1942) (Hitty: Her First Hundred Years)
                 Arthur Rackham (1867–1939) (children’s book illustrator)
Sept 21:   H. G. Wells (1866-–1946) (The War of the Worlds; The Time 
Sept 28:   Ellis Peters (1913–1995) (the Brother Cadfael mysteries; the  
                       George & Dominic Felse mysteries)
Sept 29:   Stan Berenstain (1923–2005) (co-author of the Berenstain
                        Bears books)

Oct 4:

      Robert Lawson (1892–1957) (Rabbit Hill; Ben & Me; illustrator 
                        of Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Ferdinand the Bull)

Oct 7:

      Susan Jeffers (b.1942) (children’s book illustrator of The Midnight 
Oct 8:       Frank Herbert (1920–1986) (Dune and its sequels)
Oct 11:     Jessica Day George (b.1976) (Princess of the Midnight Ball;
                       Tuesdays at the Castle)
Oct 14:     Lois Lenski (1914–1974) (Strawberry Girl)
                 Winnie the Pooh’s birthday
Oct 16:     Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) (The Importance of Being Earnest)
Oct 18:     Katherine Kurtz (b.1944) (the Deryni novels; the Adept series)
Oct 19:     Philip Pullman (b.1946) (His Dark Materials trilogy; Ruby in 
                        the Smoke)
Oct 21:     Ursula K. Le Guin (b.1929) (the Earthsea trilogy; The Left Hand 
                        of Darkness)
Oct 27:     Enid Bagnold (1889–1981) (National Velvet)
Oct 31:     Dick Francis (1920–2010) (British mysteries, usually related to
                        horse racing)

Nov 8:

     Bram Stoker (1847–1912) (Dracula)
Nov 13:    Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) (Kidnapped; Treasure 
Nov 14:    Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002) (Pippi Longstocking)
Nov 16:    Robin McKinley (b.1952) (Beauty; The Blue Sword; 
                        Spindle’s End)
Nov 21:    Elizabeth Speare George (1908–1994) (The Witch of Blackbird 
Nov 24:    Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924) (The Secret Garden; 
                        A Little Princess)
Nov 29:    Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) (Little Women; Eight Cousins)
                 Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007) (A Wrinkle in Time; A Ring 
                        of Endless Light)
                 C. S. Lewis (1898–1963) (the Chronicles of Narnia)
Nov 30:    Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874–1942) (the Anne of Green 
                         Gables books)
                 Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) (Gulliver’s Travels)
                 Mark Twain (1835–1920) (Tom Sawyer; The Adventures of 
                        Huckleberry Finn)

Dec 1:

     Jan Brett (b.1949) (children’s author/illustrator: The Trouble 
                       with Trolls; Hedgie’s Surprise)
Dec 2:     David Macaulay (b.1946) (Castle; Cathedral; The Way 
                       Things Work)
Dec 8:     James Thurber (1894–1961)
Dec 9:     Jean de Brunhoff (1899–1937) (father; original writer of Babar)
Dec 10:   Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)
                Cornelia Funke (b.1958) (Inkheart; The Thief Lord)
                Rumer Godden (1907–1998) (children: The Doll’s House; 
                        adult: In This House of Brede)
                George MacDonald (1824–1905) (The Princess and the Goblin; 
                       The Light Princess)
                Mary Norton (1903–1992) (The Borrowers books)
                Ernest Shepard (1879–1976) (illustrator of Winnie the Pooh)
Dec 13:   Tamora Pierce (b.1954) (the Alanna, Wild Magic, and Protector 
                       of the Small series)
Dec 14:   Rosemary Sutcliff (1920–1992) (The Eagle of the Ninth and  
                       other YA historicals)
Dec 16:   Arthur C. Clarke (1917–2008) (2001: A Space Odyssey)
Dec 19:   Eleanor H. Porter (1868–1920) (Pollyanna)
Dec 24:   Noel Streatfeild (1895–1986) (Ballet Shoes; Theatre Shoes)
Dec 30:   Rudyard Kipling (1856–1936) (Kim; The Jungle Book; 
                      Just-So Stories)
                Mercer Mayer (b.1943) (children’s author & illustrator)