Happy Birthday, Ezra Jack Keats!

Ezra Jack Keats wrote some of the most beloved children’s books – The Snowy Image result for snowy day keatsDay, Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair, A Letter for Amy, and more. He’s been gone since 1983, and his books are still used in classrooms and library storytimes all over the country.  He wrote and illustrated children’s books, illustrated adult books, painted murals, and helped design camouflage patterns while serving in the army. Did you know he also created backgrounds for the original Captain Marvel comic?Image result for ezra jack keats

From the entry on Mr. Keats in Wikipedia: “One of Keats’ signature story elements is that the children in his books are consistently challenged with real problems that are recognizable to young readers; in solving them, the characters learn and mature.”

Watch this video clip of Ezra Jack Keats making art with Mr. Rogers.

You might also want to check out the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, dedicated to bringing multiculturalism and diversity to children’s literature.

 

March Author Birthdays

happy birthday pile of books.jpgMarch 1

William Dean Howells

Ralph Ellison

Richard Wilbur

 

March 2

John J Chapman

Theodor Seuss Geisel/Dr. Seuss

Tom Wolfe

John Irving

Leo Dillon

 

March 3

Edward Thomas

James Merrill

Erik Blegvad

Patricia MacLachlan

 

March 4

Alan Sillitoe

David A Carter

Dav Pilkey

Peg Rathman

 

March 5

Frank Norris

Charles H. Fuller, Jr.

Mem Fox

Howard Pyle

 

March 6

Elizabeth Barret Browning

Ring Lardner, Sr.

Gabriel García Márquez

Chris Raschka

 

March 7

Kōbō Abe

Dan Jacobson

George Perec

 

March 8

Kenneth Grahame

John McPhee

Peter Roop

Robert Sabuda

 

March 9

Vita Sackville-West

Mickey Spillane

Margot Apple

 

March 10

Friedrich von Schlegel

Jakob Wasserman

Paul Coates

David Rabe

 

March 11

Ezra Jack Keats

Douglas Adams

Peter Sis


March 12

Jack Kerouac

Edward Albee

Carl Hiaasen

Marguerite De Angeli

Virginia Hamilton

 

March 13

Diane Dillon

 

March 14

Max Shulman

Colin Fletcher

 

March 15

Lady Augusta Gregory

Richard Ellmann

Ruth White

 

March 16

Sid Fleischman

 

March 17

Kate Greenway

Paul Green

Siegfried Lenz

Penelope Lively

Patrick McDonnell

Wendell Minor

 

March 18

Robert P Tristram Coffin

John Updike

Douglas Florian

 

March 19

Sir Richard Francis Burton

Philip Roth

 

March 20

Ovid

Henrik Ibsen

Lois Lowry

Ellen Conford

Mitsumasa Anno

Lois Lowry

Bill Martin, Jr

Louis Sachar

 

March 21

Phyllis McGinley

David Wisniewski

 

March 22

Randolph Caldecott

Louis L’Amour

Houston A Baker, Jr

 

March 23

Roger Martin du Gard

Ama Ata Aidoo

 

March 24

William Morris

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

 

March 25

Flannery O’Connor

Toni Cade Bambara

Kate DiCamillo

 

March 26

A.E. Housman

Robert Frost

Joseph Campbell

Tennessee Williams

Erica Jong

Betty McDonald

Jerry Pallota

March 27

Heinrich Mann

Budd Schulberg

Dick King Smith

Patricia C Wrede

 

March 28

William Byrd II

Maxim Gorki

Nelson Algren

 

March 29

Howard Lindsay

Ernst Jünger

 

March 30

Anna Sewell

Paul Verlaine

Seán O’Casey

 

March 31

Andrew Marvell

Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

Octavio Paz

John Fowles

Judith Rossner

Marge Piercy

 

February Author Birthdays

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Happy Birthday!

February 1
Langston Hughes
Jerry Spinelli
Meg Cabot

February 2
James Joyce
Ayn Rand
Judith Viorst
Ina Garten

February 3
Gertrude Stein
James A. Michener
Paul Auster

February 4
MacKinlay Kantor
Betty Friedan
Stewart O’Nan
Russell Hoban

February 5
William S. Burroughs
David Weisner

February 7
Charles Dickens
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sinclair Lewis

February 8
Jules Verne
Kate Chopin
Elizabeth Bishop
John Grisham
Barbara Joose
Donna Jo Napoli

February 9
J. M. Coetzee
Alice Walker

February 10
Boris Pasternak
Lucy Cousins
E.L. Konigsburg
Mark Teague

February 11
Jane Yolen

February 12
Judy Blume
David Small
Jacqueline Woodson

February 13
Elaine Pagels
Janet Taylor Lisle
Simms Taback

February 14
Phyllis Root
Paul O. Zelinsky
Frederick Douglass

February 15
Matt Groening
Norman Bridwell
Jan Spivey Gilchrist

February 16
Richard Ford

February 18
Wallace Stegner
Toni Morrison
Audre Lorde

February 19
Amy Tan

February 20
Richard Matheson

February 21
Anaïs Nin
Ha Jin
Chuck Palahniuk

February 22
Hugo Ball
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Sean O’Faolain
Morley Callaghan
Edward Gorey

February 23
John Sandford
Walter Wick

February 24
Etel Adnan
Wilhelm Carl Grimm

February 25
Anthony Burgess
Cynthia Voigt

February 26
Christopher Marlowe
Victor Hugo

February 27
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
John Steinbeck
N. Scott Momaday
Uri Shulevitz

February 28
Walter Tevis
Megan McDonald
John Tenniel

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

Cicero

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

Molière

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

Colette

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

Jan Brett (The Mitten, Berlioz the Bear)  12/1happy birthday pile of books

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