"By reading, hearing, and using culturally diverse materials, young people learn that beneath surface differences of color, culture or ethnicity, all people experience universal feelings of love, sadness, self-worth, justice and kindness." (Dowd, 1992 via LeeLow). I felt this quote was a perfect way to begin the celebration for Gerald McDermott, "a dream weaver, tale-spinner, portrayer of visions, interpreter of the…Continue
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on January 31, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
Our bedtime reading routine is that my oldest two children and I each select one book. Most of the time I read all three books aloud, but on occasion my daughter will choose to read her selection. This has been the routine for over a year and a half. Tonight, I tried something new after learning that Bill Peet told stories to his children before bedtime.
"When my two sons, Bill and Steve, were very small I would make up bedtime stories for them almost every night. With so…
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on January 29, 2012 at 8:21am — No Comments
Two years ago, I began creating memorable reading experiences with my family. My then 2 year old son's reaction to an I Stink cake we made for Kate McMullan's birthday in 2010 inspired me to celebrate children's author birthdays with my children. I never thought that by pulling a box of cake mix out of the cupboard would have been a life changing experience, but it was! Since then, my family has celebrated over 120 children's author birthdays and read thousands of books together.…Continue
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on January 16, 2012 at 8:13am — No Comments
Last November during Picture Book Month, 31 picture book authors, illustrators, and book lovers were asked to share their perspective to answer the question -- "Why are picture books important?" The shared stories, memories, and opinions marked a daily celebration for picture books and a reason to be thankful for everything that they provide to us as readers. The success of the inaugural event can be credited to a supportive community of KidLit…Continue
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on January 15, 2012 at 8:28am — No Comments
I run down the January Birthdays that will celebrated on the blog including Katie Davis, Remy Charlip, Kate McMullan, Dianne de Las Casas, Tedd Arnold, Rosemary Wells, Denise Fleming and More.
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on January 6, 2012 at 11:17am — No Comments
Who writes and tweets and podcasts and draws and blogs? Katie Davis does!
Katie Davis has written and/or illustrated nine books for children including one middle grade novel, The Curse of Addy McMahon. Her first picture book Who Hops?, published in 1998, "grew out of a silly but sanity-saving car game she devised while stuck in traffic with her children." Most recently she illustratedLittle Chicken's Big Day, written by her husband Jerry…
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on January 4, 2012 at 7:50am — No Comments
2011 was a wonderful year for Happy Birthday Author!
This year we brought you 70 birthday celebrations of children's authors and illustrators. This brings the total number of birthdays celebrated on the blog to 122!
I want to thank all of my readers for their comments and support. You don't know how wonderful it makes me feel to have someone say, "Hey, I read your latest birthday post!" or to have someone share/retweet my story.
I want to thank my family…
Added by Eric Van Raepenbusch on January 1, 2012 at 9:22am — No Comments