January Author Birthdays

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Happy Birthday!

January 1

E.M. Forster

J.D. Salinger

January 2

Isaac Asimov

William Scott

January 3


J.R.R. Tolkien

January 4

Jacob Grimm

Max Eastman

Katie Davis

Phyliss Reynolds Naylor

January 5

W. D. Snodgrass

Umberto Eco

Lynne Cherry

Seanan McGuire

January 6

Carl Sandburg

Khalil Gibran

Alan Watts

E.L. Doctorow

January 7

Zora Neale Hurston

Gerald Malcolm Durrell

January 8

Wilkie Collins

Stephen Hawking

Nancy Bond

January 9

Henry B. Fuller

Simone de Beauvoir

Walter R. Brooks

January 10

Philip Levine

Jared Carter

January 11

Alan Paton

Manfred B. Lee

Robert C. O’Brien

January 12

Edmund Burke

Jack London

Haruki Murakami

Walter Mosley

Charles Perrault

Iza Trapani

David Mitchell

January 13

Horatio Alger Jr

Carolyn Heilbrun

Jay McInerney

Michael Bond

January 14

John dos Passos

Tillie Olsen

Mary Robison

Hugh Lofting

January 15


Osip Mandelstam

Ernest J. Gaines

Frank Conroy

January 16

Robert Service

Susan Sontag

Inger Christensen

Kate McMullen

January 17

Benjamin Franklin

Anne Brontë

William Stafford

John Bellairs

Robert Cormier

January 18

A.A. Milne

Arthur Ransome

January 19

Edgar Allan Poe

Alexander Woollcott

Patricia Highsmith

Julian Barnes

January 20

Joy Adamson

Sawako Ariyoshi

January 22

Sir Francis Bacon

August Strindberg

Joseph Wambaugh

Rafe Martin

January 23

Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)

Derek Walcott

Katharine Holabird

January 24

William Congreve

Edith Wharton

January 25

Robert Burns

W. Somerset Maugham

Virginia Woolf

Gloria Naylor

January 26

Angela Davis

Jules Feiffer

Mary Mapes Dodge

January 27

Lewis Carroll

Mordecai Richler

January 28


Valentin Katayev

David Lodge

Vera B. Williams

January 29

Thomas Paine

Anton Chekhov

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

Edward Abbey

Rosemary Wells

January 30

Barbara Tuchman

Shirley Hazzard

Richard Brautigan

Michael Dorris

Lloyd Alexander

Polly Horvath

January 31

Zane Grey

John O’Hara

Norman Mailer

Kenzaburō Ōe

December Author Birthdays

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Jan Brett (The Mitten, Berlioz the Bear)  12/1

David Macaulay (The Way We Work, The Way Things Work) 12/2

Christina Rossetti (Goblin Market, Remember) 12/5

Harve Zemach (Duffy and the Devil: A Cornish Tale, Small Boy is Listening) 12/5

Padraic Colum (The King of Ireland’s Son, The Six Who Were Left in a Shoe) 12/8

James Thurber (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Catbird Seat) 12/8

Edward Tunis  (The Tavern at the Ferry, Frontier Living) 12/8

Jerome Beatty (Bob Fulton’s Amazing Soda-Pop Stretcher: An International Spy Story, Maria Looney on the Red Planet) 12/9

Jean de Brunhoff (Babar) 12/9

Joel Chandler Harris (Uncle Remus stories) 12/9

Emily Dickinson (American poet) 12/10

Cornelia Funke (Inkheart trilogy, Dragon Rider, The Thief Lord) 12/10

George MacDonald (Phantases, Devid Elginbrod, Mary Marston) 12/10

Mary Norton (The Borrowers series)  12/10

Ernest Shepard (illustrator for Winnie-the-Pooh, The Modern Struwwelpeter) 12/10

Ben Lucien Burman (Catfish Bend series, The Four Lives of Mundy Tolliver) 12/12

Barbara Emberley (Drummer Hoff) 12/12

Leonard Weisgard (Suki the Siamese Pussy, Whose Little Bird Am I?, Who Dreams of Cheese? ) 12/13

Rosemary Sutcliff (Heroes and History, Eagle of the Ninth series, Warrior Scarlet) 12/14

Ann Nolan Clark (My Mother’s House) 12/15

Quentin Blake (Mrs. Armitage on Wheels, You’re Only Young Twice, Fantasic Daisy Artichoke) 12/16

Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey, The Songs of Distant Earth, The Coast of Coral) 12/16

Peter Dickinson (Tulku, City of Gold) 12/16

Marie Hall Ets (Nine Days to Christmas, Just Me, In the Forest) 12/16

Marilyn Sachs (The Bears’ House, The Four Ugly Cats in Apartment 3D) 12/18

Eve Bunting (Someone is Hiding on Alcatraz Island, The Summer of Riley, Fly Away Home) 12/19

Eleanor H Porter (Pollyanna, The Story of Marco) 12/19

Richard Atwater (Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Rickety Rhymes of Riq) 12/20

M.B. Goffstein (Fish for Supper) 12/20

William O Steele (The Perilous Road, Wilderness Journey) 12/22

Avi (Abigail Takes the Wheel, Sometimes I Think I Hear My Name) 12/23

(Mary) Noel Streatfield (A Vicarage Family, The Circus is Coming, Shoes series) 12/24

Johnny Gruelle (Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy series) 12/25

Ella Young (The Tangle-Coasted Horse and Other Tales, Marzilian) 12/26

Ingri Parin D’Aulaire (Leif the Lucky, d’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths) 12/27

Diane Stanley (Shaka King of the Zulus, Moe the Dog in Tropical Paradise) 12/27

Carol Ryrie Brink (Caddie Woodlawn, The Pink Motel) 12/28

Molly Bang (The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher, When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry) 12/29

EW Hildick (Jack McGurk series, Ghost Squad series) 12/20

Rudyard Kipling (Just So Stories, Riki-Tiki-Tavi, Gunga Din) 12/30

Mercer Mayer (Little Critter series; A Boy, A Dog, and a Frog; There’s a Nightmare in my Closet) 12/30

Pamela Bianco (Playtime in Cherry Street, The Look-Inside Easter Egg) 12/31

October Author Birthdays

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Some October author birthdays!

Natalie Savage Carlson (The Family Under the Bridge, Runaway Marie Louise)  10/3

Molly Cone (Come Back, Salmon) 10/3

Marilyn Singer (Face Relations: Eleven Stories About Seeing Beyond Color, Several Kinds of Silence) 10/3

Robert Lawson (Ben and Me, They Were Strong and Good, Mr. Revere and I)  10/4

Munro Leaf (The Story of Ferdinand, How to Behave and Why)  10/4

Donald Sobol (Encyclopedia Brown series) 10/4

Louise Fitzhugh (Harriet the Spy, Suzuki Beane)  10/5

Gene Zion (Harry the Dirty Dog)  10/5

Thor Heyerdahl (Kon-Tiki, Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island)  10/6

Lee Kingman (Pierre Pidgeon)  10/6

Alice Dalgiesh (The Courage of Sarah Noble, The Silver Pencil)  10/7

Barthe DeClements (How Do You Lose Those Ninth Grade Blues?)  10/8

Frank Herbert (Dune)  10/8

R.L. Stine (Goosebumps series) 10/8

Johanna Hurwitz (Busybody Nora) 10/9

James Marshall (George and Martha, Miss Nelson is Missing!) 10/10

Arna Bontemps (God Sends Sunday: A NovelYoung Booker: Booker T. Washington’s Early Days)  10/13

Lois Lenski (Phebe FairchildOcean-born Mary) 10/14

Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest)  10/16

Ed Emberley (Ed Emberley’s Big Green Drawing Book; Go Away, Big Green Monster)  10/19

Crockett Johnson (Harold and the Purple Crayon)  10/20

Ursula LeGuin (The Compass Rose, The Wizard of Earthsea)  10/21

Marjorie Flack (Angus and the Ducks, The Story About Ping)  10/23

Steven Kellogg (Pinkerton & Friends, The Pickle Plan) 10/26

Enid Bagnold (National Velvet, The Chalk Garden) 10/27

September Author Birthdays

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Some September author birthdays!


Edgar Rice Burroughs (TarzanJohn Carter of Mars)  9/1

Lucretia Hale (The Peterkin Papers) 9/2

Syd Hoff (Danny and the Dinosaur, Sammy the Seal, many other children’s books, political cartoons, and books for adults)  9/3

Anthony Browne (Willy and Hugh, Willy and the Wimp, Bear Hunt)  9/11

Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Tales of the Unexpected)  9/13

William H Armstrong (Sounder)  9/14

John Steptoe (Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, Mother Crocodile)  9/14

James Fenimore Cooper (Last of the Mohicans, Leatherstocking Tales)  9/15

Tomie DePaola (Strega Nona, Bill and Pete, Oliver Button is a Sissy)  9/15

Robert McCloskey (Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal)  9/15

H.A. Rey (Curious George, Katy-No-Pocket)  9/16

Vicki Cobb (Science Experiments You Can Eat, Marie Curie: A Photographic Story of a Life) 9/17

Miska Petersham (7 Stories for Wide-Awakes; A Story Book of the Things We Wear: Wool, Cotton, Silk, Rayon)  9/19

H.G. Wells (The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau)  9/21

Taro Yashima (Crow Boy, Seashore Story)  9/21

Jane Curry (Back in the Beforetime, Mindy’s Mysterious Miniature, Abaloc series)  9/24

Wilson Rawls (Where the Red Fern Grows, Summer of the Monkeys)  9/24

Paul Goble (Iktomi and the Berries: A Plains Indian Story; The Boy and his Mud Horses)  9/27

Bernard Waber (Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; The House on East 88th Street)  9/27

Kate Douglas Wiggin (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm)  9/28

Stan Berenstain (The Berenstain Bears series)  9/29

Edgar D’Aulaire (Norse Gods and Giants, Trolls) 9/30

August Author Birthdays

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August author birthdays! Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know so I can add it!

August 1

Herman Melville

Amy Friedman

Madison Smartt Bell

August 2

James Baldwin

Isabel Allende

Beverly Coyle

Holling C Holling


August 3

PD James

Leon Uris

Marvin Bell

Mary Calhoun

Walter Kirn


August 4

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Knut Hamsun

Mary While Calstom


August 5

Guy deMaupassant

Conrad Aiken

Wendell Berry


August 6

Lord Alfred Tennyson

Norma Farber

Piers Anthony

Barbara Cooney


August 7

Garrisson Keillor

Betsy Byars


August 8

Sara Teasdale

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Valerie Sayers


August 9

John Dryden

Philip Larkin

Daniel Keyes

Johnathan Kellerman

Seymour Simon

Pamela L Travers


August 10

Suzanne Collins


August 11

Alex Haley

Andre Dubus

Joanna Cole

Don Freeman


August 12

Edith Hamilton

William Goldman

Walter Dean Meyers

Gail Parent

Ruth Stiles Gannett


August 14

Russell Baker

William Kittredge

Alice Provensen


August 15

Sir Walter Scott

Edith Nesbit

Stieg Larsson

Mary Jo Salter

August 16

Wallace Thurman

William Maxwell

Charles Bukowski

Diana Wynne Jones


August 17

Ted Hughes

VS Naipaul


August 18

Paula Danziger

Brian Pinkney


August 19

Samuel Richardson

Ogden Nash

James Gould Cozzens


August 20

HP Lovecraft

Jacqueline Susann

Jeff Brown


August 21

XJ Kennedy

Robert Stone

Arthur Yorinks


August 22

Dorothy Parker

Ray Bradbury

Annie Proulx


August 23

Edgar Lee Masters

Robert Irwin

Melanie Rae Thon


August 24

Jorge Luis Borges

Jean Rhys

AS Byatt


August 25

CHarles Wright

Lane Smith

August 26

Christoper Isherwood

Julio Cortázar

Barbara Ehrenreich


August 27

Theodore Dreiser

CS Forster

Ira Levin

William Least Heat-Moon

Lisa Yee

Suzy Cline

Ann Rinaldi

Sarah Stewart


August 28

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sir John Betjeman

Janet Frame

Rita Dove

Robert Duvoisin

Allen Say

Tasha Tudor


August 29

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Preston Sturges

Karen Hesse


August 30

Mary Shelley

Virginia Lee Burton

Helen Craig

July Author Birthdays

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July author birthdays!  Missed one of your favorites? Let me know so I can add it!

July 1
George Sand (1804)
William Strunk (1869)
James M. Cain (1892)

July 2
Hermann Hesse (1877)
Wislawa Szymborska (1923)

July 3
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860)
Franz Kafka (1883)
M.F.K. Fisher (1908)
Tom Stoppard (1937)

July 4
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804)
Lionel Trilling (1905)
Neil Simon (1927)

July 5
Jean Cocteau (1889)
Naomi Long Madgett (1923)

July 6
Verner von Heidenstam (1859)

July 7
Robert Heinlein (1907)

July 8
Elizabeth Kübler-Ross (1926)
Anna Quindlen (1952)

July 9
Ann Radcliffe (1764)
Oliver Sacks (1933)
June Jordan (1936)

July 10
Marcel Proust (1871)
Alice Munro (1931)
Jean Kerr (1922)

July 11
Susan Bogert Warner (1819)
E.B. White (1899)
Harold Bloom (1930)
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (1938)

July 12
Henry David Thoreau (1817)
Pablo Neruda (1904)
Donald Westlake (1933)

July 13
Isaac Babel (1894)
Wole Soyinka (1934)

July 14
Irving Stone (1903)

July 15
Clement Clarke Moore (1779)
Iris Murdoch (1919)

July 16
Anita Brookner (1928)
Reinaldo Arenas (1943)

July 17
Erle Stanley Gardner (1889)
Christiane Rochefort (1917)

July 18
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811)
Nathalie Sarraute (1900)
Jessamyn West (1902)
Hunter S. Thompson (1937)

July 19
Alice Moore Dunbar Nelson (1875)
A.J. Cronin (1896)
Stephen Coonts (1946)
Jayne Anne Phillips (1952)

July 20
Cormac McCarthy (1933)
Henry L. Dumas (1934)

July 21
Ernest Hemingway (1899)
Marshall McLuhan (1911)
John Gardner (1933)
Tess Gallagher (1943)

July 22
Emma Lazarus (1849)
David Shields (1956)

July 23
Raymond Chandler (1888)
John Nichols (1940)

July 24
Alexandre Dumas (1802)
Zelda Fitzgerald (1900)
John D. MacDonald (1916)

July 25
Midge Decter (1927)
David Madden (1933)

July 26
George Bernard Shaw (1856)
Aldous Huxley (1894)
Lawrence Watt Evans (1954)

July 27
Hilaire Belloc (1870)
Elizabeth Hardwick (1916)

July 28
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844)
Beatrix Potter (1866)
Malcolm Lowry (1909)
John Ashbery (1927)
Shirley Ann Grau (1929)

July 29
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805)
Booth Tarkington (1869)
Stanley Kunitz (1905)
Chang-rae Lee (1965)

July 30
Emily Brontë (1818)
Archer Mayor (1950)

July 31
Brett Halliday (1904)
Primo Levi (1919)
Susan Cheever (1943)
Steven Womack (1952)
J.K. Rowling (1965)