June 30 Birthday: Lena Horne

Lena Horne, musician
June 30, 1917-May 9, 2010

Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee, illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy (Charlesbridge, 2005)

Horne, best known for her hit song, Stormy Weather, sang and acted in several Hollywood musicals beginning in 1938.

PBS Online News Hour celebrated Horne’s 80th birthday. Read all about it here.

June 3 Birthday – Josephine Baker, JAZZ AGE JOSEPHINE

Josephine Baker, dancer, singer
June 3, 1906-Apr. 12, 1975

Jazz Age Josephine: Dancer, Singer–Who’s that, who? Why, that’s MISS Josephine Baker to you! by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012).

A famous singer, actor, dancer who danced to her own beat. Rising up from the poor and breaking through racial barriers, Josephine Baker shined every time she stepped onto the stage.