John Lennon- October 9, 1940 – Dec. 8, 1980
Paul McCartney- June 18, 1942 –
Ringo Starr- July 7, 1940 –
George Harrison- Feb. 25, 1943 – Nov. 29, 2001
FAB FOUR FRIENDS: THE BOYS WHO BECAME THE BEATLES (Henry Holt, 2015)
by Susanna Reich
Illustrated by Adam Gustavson
In 1957 in Liverpool, England, a young lad named John Lennon and his band played music at a local church fair. In the audience was Paul McCartney, who liked what he heard and soon joined the group. Paul’s friend George Harrison kept showing up at rehearsals until the older boys finally let him in. Eventually they found the perfect drummer, Ringo Starr, and the perfect name: The Beatles.
Told through a lyrical text and stunning paintings, this book spotlights four ordinary boys growing up amid the rubble of postwar England who found music to be a powerful, even life-saving, force.
Satchel Paige, athlete
July 7, 1906 (?)-June 8, 1982
Satchel Paige by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome (Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2000)
Major league pitching great, Satchel Paige first played (and set records) in the Negro Leagues. When the major league integrated, he was the first African-American pitcher in the American League.
Paige: The Official Web Site hosts a biography, photos, quotes and stats.