Happy Birthday! Celebrating Authors/Illustrators Born in March

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March is a big birthday month in my family.  My mom (3/25), my brother (3/28), my uncle (3/28), my aunt (3/4), my twin niece and nephew (3/14), and my grandfather (3/9).  It is also a popular month for author/illustrator birthdays.  In March we will celebrate Rob Dillon (3/2), Patricia Maclachlan (3/3), Dav Pilkey (3/4), Mem Fox (3/5), Kenneth Grahame (3/8), Ezra Jack Keats (3/11), Virginia Hamilton (3/12), Carl Hiaasen (3/12), Diane Dillon (3/13), Sid Fleischman (3/16), Louis Sachar (3/20), Lois Lowry (3/20), David Wisniewski (3/21), Jerry Pallotta (3/26), Robert Frost (3/26), and one of my all-time favorite authors (call me cliche if you must), Dr. Seuss (3/2).  Celebrate by reading one of these great author’s or illustrator’s award winning books.


McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss McElligot’s Pool
By: Dr. Seuss

Marco imagines whole waves of fabulous creatures in his pool. Others may scoff, but Marco waits and dreams, imagining not the fish that got away, but the fish to some.  Ages 5-9

Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles Think of That by Leo Dillon Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles Think of That!
By: Leo Dillon and Illustrated by Diane Dillon

In illustrations and rhyme describes the dancing of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, one of the most famous tap dancers of all time.  Ages 4-8

Waiting for Magic by Patricia MacLachlan

Waiting for the MagicBy: Patricia MacLachlan

When Papa goes away for a little while, his family tries to cope with the separation by adopting four dogs and a cat.  Ages 8-12

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future by Dav Pilkey The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future
By: Dav Pilkey

The world’s most evil corporation of the future invades Caveland, Ohio and enslaves the inhabitants, until a time portal takes Ook and Gluk to the year 2222, where they meet a wise new friend who provides them with the means of saving the day.  Ages 7-10

Where Is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox Where is the Green Sheep?
By: Mem Fox

A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing.  Ages 2-3

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows
By: Kenneth Grahame

Since 1903, the escapades of Mole, his friend Water Rat, shy Badger, and Toad of Toad Hall have delighted children, and adults, too. Follow the winning foursome through the seasons as they sail the river, get lost in the Wild Wood, take off on a merry adventure in Toad’s colorful carriage, and rescue Toad Hall from a band of nasty marauding weasels.  Ages 9-12

Goggles! by Ezra Jack Keats Goggles!
By: Ezra Jack Keats

A story about two boys who find a pair of lensless motorcycle goggles but who run into trouble when some big boys want the goggles for themselves.  Ages 3-7

M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton M.C. Higgins, the Great
By: Virginia Hamilton

As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M. C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.  Ages 8-12

Flush by Carl Hiaasen Flush
By: Carl Hiaasen

With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.  Ages 10 and up

Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini
By: Sid Fleischman

How did he walk through walls, escape drowning, and shatter iron chains that were tightly wrapped around him?The rare photos in this book might help you figure it out. So might the exclusive update about the rumor that Houdini was poisoned. But just remember, a true magician never reveals his tricks. . . .  Ages 8-12

 Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar  Sideways Stories From Wayside School
By: Louis Sachar

Presents humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.  Ages 8-12

The Giver by Lois Lowry The Giver
By: Lois Lowry

Jonas’s world is perfect and everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds the memories of the true pain and the pleasures of life. It’s time for Jonas to receive the truth.  Ages 12 and up

The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups by David Wisniewski The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups
By: David Wisniewski

A grown-up disguised under bread pudding, in a chocolate milkshake, and in a vegetable truck reveals the true, disturbing reasons parents urge their children to eat vegetables, brush their hair, and drink milk.  Ages 4-8

Dory Story by Jerry Pallotta Dory Story
By: Jerry Pallotta

While taking a bath with his new red toy dory, a boy imagines himself alone on the ocean getting a first-hand look at the ocean’s food chain.  Ages 4-8

The Cow In Apple Time by Robert Frost The Cow in Apple Time
By: Robert Frost

An illustrated version of the well-known poem about the chaos that occurs when a cow wanders into an orchard and starts eating the apples.  Ages 7-9

 

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