November 14 Birthday: William Steig: WHEN EVERYONE WORE A HAT

William Steig, writer and illustrator
Nov. 14, 1907-Oct. 3, 2003


When Everyone Wore a Hat  by William Steig (Joanna Colter Books, 2003)

In this picture book autobiography, Steig looked at the year he was eight, when the world was at war, and he had dreams for the future.

A cartoonist for the New Yorker, Steig was in his 60s when he began writing and illustrating children’s books. Stop by Macmillan Publishers for a bio.

July 10 Birthday: Joe Schuster. BOYS OF STEEL: THE CREATORS OF SUPERMAN

Joe Schuster, artist
July 10, 1914-July 30, 1992


Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Marc Tyler Nobleman, illustrated by Ross MacDonald (Knopf, 2008)

Everyone will champion this story of ingenuity and perseverance. Together, mild-mannered and unassuming teens Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster created the most inspiring and beloved comic book hero of all-time—Superman. Their struggles in the industry were heartbreaking and their successes equally phenomenal. A super read!

Click here and faster than a speeding bullet, you’ll be reading all about planet Krypton, Superman’s birthplace.

June 25 Birthday: Eric Carle. FLORA AND TIGER: 19 VERY SHORT STORIES FROM MY LIFE

Eric Carle, artist and writer
June 25, 1929-


Flora and Tiger: 19 Very Short Stories from My Life by Eric Carle (Philomel, 1997)

Peek into the life of renowned children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle via the stories he tells about his childhood and present day life.

Take a field trip to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA and explore the exhibits and resources.

March 11 Birthday: Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Lived to Draw

Wanda Gag, illustrator and author
March 11, 1893-June 27, 1946

Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Lived to Draw by Deborah Kogan Ray (Viking, 2008)

Captivated by drawing from the time she could hold a pencil, Gag honed her skills and although family tragedies waylaid her dreams for a time, eventually she went to art school and became the creator of one of the most beloved children’s books, Millions of Cats.

The Minnesota Historical Society offers biographical notes and additional resources on Gag on its site.