August 1 Birthday: Francis Scott Key and “The Star Spangled Banner”

Francis Scott Key, wrote words to U.S. national anthem
Aug. 1, 1779-Jan. 11, 1843


Francis Scott Key and “The Star Spangled Banner” by Lynea Bowdish, illustrated by Harry Burman (Mondo, 2002)

This book, the story behind the story of the writing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” illustrated with impressionistic paintings simply and vividly accounts Key’s inspiration.

Visit the Smithsonian’s Star-Spangled Banner National Museum of American History site to learn more.

July 25 Birthday: Henry Knox. HENRY KNOX: BOOKSELLER, SOLDIER, PATRIOT


Henry Knox, bookseller, soldier, patriot
July 25, 1750-October 25, 1806

Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot  by Anita Silvey, paintings by Wendell Minor (Clarion Books, 2010)

In sixteen brief chapters, the heroic life of Henry Knox unfolds. From a young bookseller’s assistant, to a teen solider, to a bookstore owner whose customers included Paul Revere, to service in George Washington’s Continental army, Henry completed an important mission toward securing independence for America’s colonies.

Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Museum will take you on a tour.

January 1: AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED PAUL REVERE?

Paul Revere, patriot
Jan. 1, 1735-May 10, 1818

And then what happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Margot Tomes (Puffin edition, 1996).

Highlighting
little unknown facts about patriot Paul Revere’s midnight ride with wit
and charm and an author’s note provides additional historical facts at
the back of the book.

The house Paul Revere departed
from to begin his midnight ride still stands. In fact, it’s a National
Historic landmark. To learn more about the Paul Revere House, click HERE.

January 1: PAUL REVERE’S RIDE

Paul Revere, patriot
Jan. 1, 1735-May 10, 1818

Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Ted Rand (Puffin edition, 1996)

Granted,
this is not a traditional picture book biography, but this famous poem
does tell the story of Revere’s famous midnight ride on April 18, 1775.
A silversmith by trade, Revere played a most significant role in the
American Revolution. “Listen, my children, and you shall hear, Of the
midnight ride of Paul Revere…”

Read the real story of Revere’s ride, a virtual midnight ride, Revere’s own words, Longfellow’s poem and more at The Paul Revere House site.