Elie Wiesel, writer, humanitarian
Sept. 30, 1928-
Paths to Peace: People Who Changed the World by Jane Breskin Zalben (Dutton, 2006)
Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner 1986 Wiesel is highlighted in this important collective biography about peacemakers.
Read a riveting interview with Wiesel on the Academy of Achievement-A Museum of Living History web site.
Miguel de Cervantes, writer
Sept. 29, 1547-Apr. 23, 1616
Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt Harcourt, 1994)
Most famous for his book Don Quixote, Cervantes takes the stage in this collective biography.
The Cervantes Project hosted by Texas A&M University offers bio info, images, bibliographies and more.
Jerry Lee Lewis, musician
Sept. 29, 1935-
Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll by Holly George-Warren, illustrated by Laura Levine (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)
The ultimate showman, Lewis was raised in Louisiana and started playing the piano at age eight. In 1956 his career took off.
Lewis’ Official Web site offers additional information. Or visit the Rock and Roll Fall of Fame to read more about this 1986 inductee.
Walter Anderson, artist, writer, naturalist
September 29, 1903-November 30, 1965
The Secret World of Walter Anderson by Hester Bass, illustrated by E. B. Lewis (Candlewick 2009)
Walter Anderson explored and studied and painted the wildlife of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. But it wasn’t until after his death that his wife discovered the glorious art he made in a cottage on Horn Island for himself. It was his secret world and soon all would marvel at its detail and depth and design.
The Smithsonian Institute presented an exhibit in 2005, Walter Anderson: Everything I See is New and Strange.
Samuel Adams, politician
Sept. 27, 1722-Oct. 2, 1803
A Picture Book of Samuel Adams by David A. Adler, Michael S. Adler, illustrated by Ronald Himler (Holiday House, 2005)
From childhood to the Boston Tea Party to signing the Declaration of Independence, Adams and the 1700s are center stage.
Read up on Adams and others associated with The American Revolution.