W.C. Coup, Circus owner
SAWDUST AND SPANGLES: THE AMAZING LIFE OF W.C. COUP
by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills
illustrated by Giselle Potter
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—the
likes of which had never been seen before!
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.
Louis Armstrong, musician
Aug. 4, 1901-July 6, 1971
If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Leonard Jenkins (Houghton Mifflin, 1997)
A jazzy story about achieving dreams. Illuminating artwork makes this book about “Satchmo” sing.
The Official Site of the Louis Armstrong House & Archives is well worth a visit.
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.