August 4 Birthday: SAWDUST AND SPANGLES: THE AMAZING LIFE OF W.C. COUP

W.C. Coup, Circus owner
b. 8-4-1836
d. 3-4-1895


SAWDUST AND SPANGLES: THE AMAZING LIFE OF W.C. COUP
by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills
illustrated by Giselle Potter

Overview

The first book by beloved children’s musician Ralph Covert and esteemed playwright G. Riley Mills

Many years ago there lived a little boy with big dreams who ran away
with the circus. William Cameron Coup fell in love with the big top and
later became one of the most famous circus leaders of all time. But Coup
also had another dream: to create a different kind of circus . .
.underwater! And so he built the great New York Aquarium&#151the
likes of which had never been seen before!

August 4 Birthday: Maurice Richard. LIVES OF THE ATHLETES: THRILLS SPILLS (and WHAT THE NEIGHBORS THOUGHT)

Maurice Richard, athlete
Aug. 4, 1921-May 27, 2000


Lives of the Athletes: Thrills, Spills (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1997)

In just a few pages of this collective biography, Krull crams tons of data, descriptions and anecdotes about Canadian professional ice hockey player Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s life. Lively illustrations add humor and zip.

CBS Archives offers radio and TV clips of this famous NHL player.

August 4 Birthday: BARACK OBAMA: SON OF PROMISE, CHILD OF HOPE

Barack Obama, US President
August 4, 1961-

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2008)

Celebrating hope and a can-do attitude, this biography about Obama takes readers from his birth in Honolulu to his presidential election victory.

Currently in office, more information about our 44th President of the United States can be found at the White House.gov web site.