April 26 Birthday: Frederick Law Olmsted, THE MAN WHO MADE PARKS: THE STORY OF PARKBUILDER FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED

Frederick Law Olmsted, architect
Apr. 26, 1822-Aug. 28, 1903


The Man Who Made Parks: The Story of Parkbuilder Frederick Law Olmsted by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Song Nan Zhang (Tundra Books, 1999)

We have Olmsted to thank for New York City’s Central Park, the grounds at Niagara Falls and other top visitor spots. This is the story of his first love—the great outdoors.

The Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site “offers a variety of programs that interpret the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted.”

April 26 Birthday: William Shakespeare, BARD OF AVON: THE STORY OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

William Shakespeare, writer
Apr. 26, 1564 (baptism)-Apr. 23, 1616


Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Diane Stanley (HarperCollins, 1992)

A fitting introduction to the man who wrote some of our best-loved plays. Truly, a picture book biography for all ages.

A guide to the scholarly resources on Shakespeare can be found at a Palomar Community College site called Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet.

April 26 Birthday: THE BOY WHO DREW BIRDS: A STORY OF JOHN JAMES AUDUBON

John James Audubon, naturalist, painter
b. April 26, 1785
d. January 27, 1851

THE BOY WHO DREW BIRDS: A STORY OF JOHN JAMES AUDUBON (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)

by Jacqueline Davies
illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Overview

John James Audubon was a boy who loved the
out-of-doors more than the in. He was a boy who believed in studying
birds in nature, not just from books. And, in the fall of 1804, he was a
boy determined to learn if the small birds nesting near his
Pennsylvania home really would return the following spring.
This book reveals how the youthful Audubon pioneered a technique
essential to our understanding of birds. Capturing the early passion of
America’s greatest painter of birds, this story will leave young readers
listening intently for the call of birds large and small near their own
homes. 
Read more at the Audubon Society website.