December 22 Birthday: Claudia Lady Bird Johnson. MISS LADY BIRD’S WILDFLOWERS

Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, environmentalist and First Lady
Dec. 22, 1912-July 11, 2007

Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Joy Fisher Hein (HarperCollins, 2005)

One person can make our world a more beautiful place. Here’s proof. Thank you, Lady Bird.

Visit The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

October 11 Birthday: ELEANOR, QUIET NO MORE

Eleanor Roosevelt
October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962

Eleanor, Quiet No More: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt By Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Gary Kelley (Disney Hyperion Books, 2009)

Eleanor Roosevelt didn’t have an easy childhood. A teacher reached out to her and helped Eleanor find her way. Filled with quotes from her remarkable life, “You must do the things you cannot do,” this book shows how Roosevelt became the First Lady of the World.

The National First Ladies’ Library hosts a biography and pics of Roosevelt.

May 20 Birthday: Dolly Madison

Dolly Madison, first lady
May 20, 1768 – July 12, 1849

by Don Brown


Everybody talked about Dolley Madison.
Dolley was a farm girl who became a fine first lady when she married
James Madison. She wore beautiful dresses, decorated her home, and threw
lavish parties. Everyone talked about Dolley, and everyone loved her,
Then war arrived at her doorstep, and Dolley had to meet challenges greater than she’d ever known.

So Dolley did one thing she thought might make a difference: she saved George Washington.