Jorge Posada, athlete
Aug. 17, 1971-
Play Ball! by Jorge Posada with Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Raul Colon (Simon& Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2006)
Dreams can come true. New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada’s perseverance and hard work are captured in this story based on his childhood in Puerto Rico. Way cool–this book is also available in Spanish.
To learn more about Jorge Posada’s stats, visit Baseball-Reference.
Davy Crockett, “King of the Wild Frontier”
Aug. 17, 1786-Mar. 6, 1836
A Picture Book of Davy Crockett by David A. Adler, illustrated by John Wallner (Holiday House, 1996)
Remember the Alamo. The life and times of Davy Crockett, real-hero and folk hero, are brought to life in this picture book biography of an American icon.
Visit The Alamo today.
Elinor Smith, aviator
August 17, 1911- March 19, 2010
Soar, Elinor by Tami Lewis Brown, illustrated by Francois Roca. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
Pioneering aviator, Elinor Smith, took her first airplane ride at the age of six. By ten she was taking lessons and at fifteen flew her first solo. A daredevil and a record-breaker, Elinor Smith soared.
The Woman Pilot Magazine features an article with photographs about the amazing Smith.