Louisa May Alcott Nov. 29, 1832 – Mar. 6, 1888 I first discovered Louisa May Alcott in elementary school, and I fell in love with her books. I owned two battered copies of Little Women and Eight Cousins, which I read over and over. I added copies of Little Men and Jo’s Boys when I found… Read more »
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Today is Elizabeth Goudge’s birthday, and the start of Elizabeth Goudge Week over at The Emerald City Book Review. I’m so glad that Lori decided to celebrate by dedicating a whole week to Goudge, because she’s one of my favorite authors of all time. The daughter of a clergyman, Elizabeth… Read more »
Happy Birthday, Will!
In celebration of William Shakespeare’s birthday, here are a few performances of his sonnets, plus Hamlet’s soliloquy. Enjoy! Michael York reads Sonnet 18 Alan Rickman reads Sonnet 130 David Tennant reads Sonnets 2, 7, 9, 17, 18, 11, 14, and 154 David Tennant – Hamlet’s Soliloquy… Read more »
A Celebration of Jan Brett
Happy Birthday to author-illustrator Jan Brett! Her beautifully illustrated books have been favorites of ours since well before our daughter was born – though it was Robin’s birth that gave me the excuse to start buying them. Brett was born on Dec. 1., 1949, making her 65 today. . …. Read more »
News & Notes – 4/26/14
News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, giveaways on this and other blogs, and other cool stuff. Books & Ebooks in the News: Poe statue to be unveiled in Boston in October (Boston Magazine) Apple trial remains… Read more »
Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak!
The wonderful children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak was born June 10, 1928; this would have been his 85th birthday. Google is celebrating with this delightfully elaborate animated doodle: Sendak is best known for Where the Wild Things Are, the story of young Max, who leaves his home and journeys… Read more »
Birthdays! Emily Dickinson, Cornelia Funke, Rumer Godden, George MacDonald, Mary Norton, Ernest Shepard!
December 10 is a HUGE day for author (and illustrator) birthdays! A very happy birthday to: Emily Dickinson, whose poems continue to inspire and delight. Cornelia Funke, author of the Inkheart trilogy,The Thief Lord, and Dragon Rider Rumer Godden. The Doll’s House charmed me as a child; as an adult,… Read more »
Happy Birthday, Jean Craighead George!
Born on July 2, 1919, Jean Craighead George grew up in a family of naturalists, so it was only natural (if you’ll pardon the pun) that animals are a major focus of her writing. She worked as a reporter 1940s and as a writer and editor at Reader’s Digest, but… Read more »
Happy Birthday, Eric Carle!
Eric Carle, the popular children’s author and illustrator, was born on June 25, 1929 in New York state. His immigrant parents returned to Germany when he was quite young, and Carle spent the war in Germany. His father was conscripted early in the war, and Carle himself was conscripted to… Read more »
Happy Birthday, Cynthia Rylant!
Cynthia Rylant is celebrating her 58th birthday today (June 6, 2012). Born in 1954, Rylant grew up in West Virginia, and discovered a love of writing in college. Her books range from picture books and early chapter books for younger readers (ages 3 to 8) to books for the middle… Read more »