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


April Author Birthdays

April 1

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Augusta Baker

Samuel Ray Delaney


April 2

Hans Christian Andersen

Émile Zola

Sue Townsend


April 3

George Herbert

Washington Irving

Jane Goodall


April 4

Robert Emmet Sherwood

Marguerite Duras

Maya Angelou

Joanna Reis


April 5

Algernon Charles Swinburne

Booker T Washington

Robert Bloch

Anthony Horowitz

Richard Peck


April 6

Graeme Base


April 7

Charles Baudelaire

Paule Marshall


April 8

Trina Schart Hyman


April 9

Margaret Peterson Haddix


April 10

William Hazlitt

Joseph Pulitzer

Paul Theroux

Martin Waddell


April 11

Glenway Wescott

Leo Rosten

Gary Soto


April 12

Beverly Cleary

Tom Clancy

Scott Turow


April 13

Nella Larsen

Marguerite Henry

Samuel  Beckett

Eudora Welty

Lee Bennett Hopkins

Erik Christian Haugaard


April 14

James Branch Cabell

Arnold Toynbee


April 15

Henry James

Waverly Root

Jacqueline Briggs Martn


April 16

Anatole France

Gertrude Chandler Warner

John Millington Synge

Garth Williams

Kingsley Amis


April 17

Karen Blixen

Thornton Wilder

Cynthia Ozick


April 18

Richard Harding Davis


April 19

Etheridge Knight


April 20

Mary Hoffman


April 21

Charlotte Bronté

Thomas McMahon

Kole Omsotoso

Barbara Park


April 22

Henry Fielding

Ellen Glasgow

Eileen Christelow

James Norman Hall

Vladimir Nabokov

Louise Glück

Paula Fox


April 23

William Shakespeare

Edwin Markham

JP Donleavy

Charles Johnson


April 24

Anthony Trollope

Robert Penn Warren

Sue Grafton


April 25

Padget Powell

Maud Hart Lovelace


April 26

Marcus Aurelius

Bernard Malamud

Patricia Reilly Giff


April 27

Edward Gibbon

Jessie Redmon Fauset

Ludwig Bemelmans

John Burningham

Nancy Shaw

Steven D’amico

August Wilson


April 28

Harper Lee

Lois Duncan

Terry Pratchett

Carolyn Forché

Amy Hest


April 29

William Randolph Hearst

Jill Paton Walsh

Yusef Komunyakaa


April 30

Alice B Toklas

Annie Dillard

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.