Birthdays and Dots

September is a big month for birthdays in the world of children’s books.

The 8th of September is the birthday of author and reading advocate Jon Scieszka. Scieszka is well known for his twisted fairy tales; his history series The Time Warp Trio; and the Trucktown series. He has collaborated with illustrator Lane Smith on many of his works.

Scieszka writes books because he loves to make kids laugh and many of his ideas are based on things that happened to him growing up with his brothers. He’s passionate about getting boys into reading and started the web based literacy program, Guys Read. He’s a big favorite in our house-our young readers highly recommend his books!

September 13th is the birthday of children’s book legend Roald Dahl. There’s probably not much more I can add to the many words that have been written about this much loved author, who has been described as one of the greatest storytellers for children. In our house he’s especially popular for reading aloud with Mom or Dad – a great way to share his books with children who aren’t quite ready to read them on their own.

Finally, on September 15th, it was Tomie DePaola’s birthday. De Paola has written over 200 books for children, many of which feature the wise and lovable Grandma, Strega Nona.
De Paola is widely regarded for his distinctive visual style and his great understanding of childhood. The young readers in our house love his story, Tony’s Bread and there are so many other wonderful titles to choose from.
You’ll find copies of stories from all our September birthday authors at Handley Library. Come and see us and we’ll help you explore the wonderful work of these three great creators of literature for children.

PS – the 15th of September is also International Dot Day – a day inspired by the wonderful book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. It’s a tale for the artist in all of us and a great title to share with young readers.

the dot


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