October 16 Birthday: NOAH WEBSTER AND HIS WORDS

Noah Webster
October 16, 1758 to May 28, 1843

NOAH WEBSTER AND HIS WORDS
by Jeri Chase Ferris
Illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch
(HMH Books for Young Readers, 2012)

Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction

Webster’s American Dictionary
is the second most popular book ever printed in English. But who was
that Webster? Noah Webster (1758–1843) was a bookish Connecticut farm
boy who became obsessed with uniting America through language. He spent
twenty years writing two thousand pages to accomplish that, and the
first 100 percent American dictionary was published in 1828 when he was
seventy years old. This clever, hilariously illustrated account shines a
light on early American history and the life of a man who could not
rest until he’d achieved his dream. An illustrated chronology of
Webster’s life makes this a picture perfect bi-og-ra-phy [noun: a
written history of a person’s life].

Also, check out this very cool site about Noah Webster’s life and contributions at https://www.noahwebsterhouse.org/discover/noah-webster-history.htm.

January 18 Birthday: THE RIGHT WORD: ROGET AND HIS THESAURUS. Peter Mark Roget

Peter Mark Roget, physician, lexicographer

b. January 18, 1779

d. September 12, 1869

THE RIGHT WORD: ROGET AND HIS THESAURUS

(Eerdmans, 2014)

Overview

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best

companions — and it wasn’t long before Peter began writing his own

book. But he didn’t write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love

for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the

right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew,

eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all

time.

Readers of all ages will marvel

at Roget’s life, depicted through lyrical text and brilliantly detailed

illustrations. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the

power of words.