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)

May Author Birthdays

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May 1

Joseph Heller

Bobbie Ann Mason


May 4

Thomas Kinsella

Graham Swift

David Guterson

Don Wood


May 5

Karl Marx

Nellie Bly

Leo Leonni


May 6

Randall Jarell

Ted Lewin

Barbara McClintock


May 7

Robert Browning

Archibald MacLeish

Nonny Hogrogian

Michael Rosen


May 8

Edmund Wilson

Irene Hunt

Louise Meriwether

Milton Metzer

Thomas Pynchon


May 9

JM Barrie

Richard Adams

William Pene DuBois

Eleanor Estes

Mona Van Duyn


May 10

Christopher Paul Curtis

May 11

Stanley Elkin


May 12

Dante Gabriel Rosetti

Farley Mowat

Blue Balliett

Jennifer Armstrong

Edward Lear


May 13

Daphne Du Maurier

Norma Klein

Armistead Maupin


May 14

Hal Borland

Eoin Colfer

George Selden


May 15

  1. Frank Baum

Katherine Ann Porter

Mikhail Bulgakov

David Almond

JS Lewis

Kadir Nelson

Norma Fox Mazer

Paul Zindel


May 16

Studs Terkel

Adrienne Rich

Bruce Coville

Margaret Rey


May 17

Gary Paulsen


May 18

Bertrand Russell

Diane Duane

Sarah Ellis

Debbie Dadey

Lillian Hoban


May 19

Lorraine Hansberry

Nora Ephron


May 20

Honoré de Balzac

Mary Pope Osborne


May 21

Dante Alighieri

Alexander Pope

Harold Robbins

Jeremy Tankard

Robert Creeley


May 22

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Peter Matthiessen

Arnold Lobel


May 23

Scott O’Dell

Margaret Wise Brown

Susan Cooper


May 24

William Trevor

Joseph Brodsky


May 25

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Theodore Roethke

Robert Ludlum

Raymond Carver

Jamaica Kincaid


May 26

Lisbeth Zwerger


May 27

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Rachel Carson

Herman Wouk

Tony Hillerman

Marijane Meaker

John Barth


May 28

Ian Fleming

Walker Percy

May Swenson


May 29

Andrew Clements


May 30

Countee Cullen

Brock Cole


May 31

Walt Whitman

Harry Mazer

Al Young