February 8 Birthday: BILL THE BOY WONDER: THE SECRET CO-CREATOR OF BATMAN. Bill Finger

 Bill Finger, comic book writer
Feb. 8, 1914-Jan. 18, 1974

Bill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman by Marc Tyler Nobleman, illustrated by Ty Templeton (Charlesbridge, 2012)

The true story of how Bill Finger invented Batman and his collaboration with co-creator Bob Kane. An extensive author’s note reveals Nobleman’s in-depth research process and biographical tidbits including Finger’s heir.

February 8 Birthday: THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS


Waterhouse Hawkins, artist

Feb. 8, 1807-1889

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins: An Illuminating History of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, Artist and Lecturer by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic, 2001)

This is the story of a man with a vision and talent. Hawkins was passionate about dinos and it led him to build life-size models of them.

From an article in Prehistoric Times Magazine, see drawings of Hawkins’ work and read more about him.

February 8 Birthday: Alice Walker

Alice Walker, writer

Feb. 8, 1944-

Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference by Joyce Hansen (Scholastic, 1998)

Born to sharecroppers in Georgia, Alice Walker worked hard in school. She was an active participant in the civil rights movement and is an accomplished poet and novelist. The Color Purple is her most well-known work.

Links to information about Walker can be found at a Cuny.edu site.