February 4 Birthday. HONUS WAGNER, Athlete

Honus Wagner, athlete
February 4, 1874-December 6, 1955

All Star! Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Jim Burke (Philomel Books, 2009)

Honus Wagner grew up playing baseball. Wanger grew into a professional baseball player who “had more home runs, RBIs, doubles, triples…more steals…and played in more games than any other player in the National League.” And that makes his baseball card the most valuable of them all.

The Official Site of Honus Wagner features his biography, photos, career highlights and more.

February 4 Birthday. A BAND OF ANGELS. Ella Sheppard

Ella Sheppard Moore, singer, musician
Feb. 4, 1851-June. 9, 1914

A Band of Angels: A Story Inspired by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated b Raul Colon (Aladdin, paperback, 2002)

A fictionalized story based on real people and events, the story of how Ella Sheppard Moore came to be one of the nine singers who formed the group the Jubilee Singers and went on to save the Fisk School from closing by raising money on a concert tour. She was also the pianist for the group.


Alexia Soyer, chef
Feb. 4, 1810-Aug. 5, 1858

The Adventurous Chef: Alexis Soyer by Ann Arnold (FSG, 2002)

French chef Soyer organized a soup kitchen during the Irish potato famine and worked with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War.

To read more about Soyer, visit the Victorianweb.org site.

February 4 Birthday: FLIGHT. Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh, aviator
Feb. 4, 1902-Aug. 26, 1974

Flight by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Mike Wimmer (Putnam Juvenile paperback, 1997)

This is one of my all-time favorite picture book biographies. It is the dramatic account of Lindbergh’s solitary flight across the Atlantic in 1927 with picture-perfect artwork.

Information about the flight, flight timeline, Spirit of St. Louis, photos, documents, articles, and biographies can be found at CharlesLindbergh.com.