Happy Birthday: Richard Adams, Sir James Barrie, William Pene du Bois, Eleanor Estes

May 9, 2012 Twenty-One Balloons 0

Today is a big day for author birthdays! 

Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, is 92 today. 

Sir James M. Barrie, best known for Peter Pan, was born on this day in 1860; he died in 1937. 

Then there’s William Pene du Bois (1916-1993), whose Newbery Medal- winning book The Twenty-One Balloons was one of my childhood favorites.  (I still have it.) 

And Eleanor Estes (1906-1988), author of The Moffats, won the Newbery Medal for Ginger Pye and penned three Newbery Honor books (The Middle Moffat, Rufus M., and The Hundred Dresses).

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