From “Winnie the Pooh” to “Goodnight Moon” to “Alice in Wonderland” to “The Call of the Wild,” January is filled with the birthdays of children’s book authors and illustrators. Why not celebrate their birthdays reading their books with your children this month?
Here are some notable authors and illustrators who were born in January. Click on the links to visit the authors’ and illustrators’ web pages or visit pages in their honor. Some are informative and some are just plain fun!
1 J.D. Salinger. Born on this day in 1919, Salinger is an American author. He is best known for The Catcher in the Rye, published in 1951.
2 Alma Flor Ada. Born in 1938, Ada is a children’s book author as well as a university professor.
Jean Little. Born in 1932, Little is an acclaimed Canadian children’s book author.
Ed Martinez. Born in 1954, Martinez is a children’s book illustrator.
3 Joan Walsh Anglund. Born January 3, 1926, Anglund has written and illustrated more than 75 children’s books.
J.R.R. Tolkien. Born January 3, 1892. An English writer and university professor, Tolkien is the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
4 Louis Braille. Born January 4, 1809. Braille was the inventor of the Braille writing system for the blind. (The Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library provides direct library service to eligible Minnesotans who are legally blind or visually impaired , physically disabled, or reading disabled.)
Jacob Grimm. Born January 4, 1785; Died September 20, 1863. Grimm was a German collector and writer of fairy tales. Best known for Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Born January 4, 1933, Naylor has written over 115 books. She is perhaps best known for her book, Shiloh, which won the Newbery Award in 1992.
5 Lynne Cherry. Born January 5, 1952, Cherry is a conservationist and children’s book author. She is best known for A River Ran Wild and The Great Kapok Tree.
6 Carl Sandburg. Born January 6, 1878. Sandburg was an American poet, novelist, biographer, and historian.
7 Kay Chorao. Born January 7, 1937, Chorao is a children’s book illustrator.
8 Nancy Bond. Born January 8, 1945, Bond is an author of children’s books. She is perhaps best known for A String in the Harp, a Newbery Honor book.
9 Clyde Bulla. Born January 9, 1914, was the author of over fifty books for children. His first book, The Donkey Cart, was published in 1946.
10 Remy Charlip. Born in 1929, he authored more than 30 children’s books, including Fortunately, I Love You, Sleepytime Rhyme and A Perfect Day.
11 Robert C. O’Brien. Born in 1918, he was most famous for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
12 Clement Hurd. Born January 12, 1908. Hurd was a children’s book illustrator best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.
Jack London. Born January 12, 1876. London was the author of more than fifty books, including Call of the Wild.
Charles Perrault. Born January 12, 1628. Perrault was the French author of Puss-in-Boots, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood, among others. Perrault’s stories are mostly adapted from earlier folktales.
13 David Wiseman. Born in1916, Wiseman is a children’s book author and illustrator.
Michael Bond. Bond is most famous for the Paddington Bear book series.
14 Hugh Lofting. Born in 1886, Lofting created the character of Doctor Dolittle, among others.
16 Kate McMullen. Born in 1947, McMullen has written more than 50 books about topics from mummies to mommies. Some of her books include I Stink, If You Were My Bunny, the Fluffy series and the Dragon Slayers Academy series.
17 Robert Cormier. Born January 17, 1925. A journalist and book author, Cormier wrote the young adult classics The Chocolate War and I Am the Cheese.
18 A.A. Milne. Born January 18, 1882. Milne was a British author and the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh.
19 Nina Bawden. Born January 19, 1925, Bawden is the British author of Carrie’s War and The Peppermint Pig, among others.
Edgar Allan Poe. Born January 20, 1809. Poe was an American short story writer, poet, and critic. Among his more famous works are “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven.”
20 Ted Arnold. Best known for wacky picture books like Parts.
21 Carol Beach York. York is a children’s author who has written books such as Remember Me When I Am Dead.
22 Rafe Martin. Born January 22, 1946, Martin is a storyteller and author of The Rough Faced Girl and Birdwing among others.
26 Paul Strickland. Strickland is an author & illustrator, best known for Dinosaurs Roar.
Mary Mapes Dodge – January 26, 1831
27 Harry Allard. Born January 27, 1928, Allard is the author of the series Miss Nelson is Missing!
Lewis Carroll. Born January 27, 1832. Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, an English author, mathematician, and clergyman. Carroll is best known for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.
28 Vera B. Williams. Born January 28, 1927, Williams is a children’s book author and illustrator. A reader favorite is the Caldecott Honor book, A Chair for My Mother. My own personal favorite is the delightful book, More, More, More! Said the Baby.
29 Bill Peet. Born January 29, 1915. Peet was a children’s book author and illustrator who started his career working for Disney. Peet worked on such feature films as Fantasia, Song of the South, Alice in Wonderland, and The Jungle Book. He also wrote the script for the animated 101 Dalmatians. After quitting Disney he began to write and illustrate books, including Chester, The Wump World and the well-loved (but little known) Capyboppy.
Rosemary Wells. Born January 29, 1943, Wells is a children’s book author and illustrator best known for the Max and Ruby books.
30 Lloyd Alexander. Born January 30, 1924, Alexander is the author of numerous books for children and teens. His book The High King won the Newbery Medal in 1969.
31 Gerald McDermott. Born January 31, 1941, McDermott is a children’s book author and illustrator. He wrote Arrow to the Sun, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1975.
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