Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Looking Forward to Some September Literary Birthdays, including a 75-Year-Old Dragon!

Kenneth Grahame's classic, The Reluctant Dragon, turns 75 this year. "A book-loving boy befriends a complacent, poetry-writing dragon and – to please expectant villagers – masterminds his faux joust with an agreeable St. George in Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant Dragon, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. Holiday House, which first published the wry spin on the St. George legend in 1938, brings out a 75th anniversary edition on September 15." read more here...

There are quite a few children's book authors who were born in September:  Paul Fleischman's birthday is September 5; Eric Hill, was born September 7;  Jack Pretlutsky, Michael Hague, and Jon Sciezska share September 8; Roald Dahl and Else Holmelund Minarik were born on the 13th; Diane Goode on the 14th;  Robert McCloskey's and Tommie DePaola's birthdays are September 15;  H.A. Rey the 16th; and British illustrator Arthur Rackham on the 19th.

I'll be posting (or re-posting) tributes to all these authors throughout September.

Other birthdays this month include F. Scott Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896) and  T.S. Eliot (September 26, 1888).  Eliot didn't write about dragons, but he did pen a lovely book about CATS.

So many September literary birthdays - see more here!

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