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May 31 Birthday: Walt Whitman

by Anne on May 31, 2013

Walt Whitman, writer

May 31, 1819-March 26, 1892

Walt Whitman: Words for America by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic, 2004)

A poet and more, Whitman’s life is explored in this tribute to an American icon. offers a bio and photo of Whitman on their site as well as external links.

May 30 Birthday: Benny Goodman

by Anne on May 30, 2013

Benny Goodman, musician

May 30, 1909-June 13, 1986

Once Upon a Time in Chicago: The Story of Benny Goodman by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Jeanette Winter (Hyperion, 2000)

An accomplished clarinet player, Goodman, known as The “King of Swing,” began playing when he was in the fourth grade…and never stopped.

Click over to a biography of Goodman with audio features on the site of Jazz, a film by Ken Burns.

May 29 Birthday: John F. Kennedy

by Anne on May 29, 2013

John F. Kennedy, U.S. President

May 29, 1917-November 22, 1963

Jack’s Path of Courage: The Life of John F. Kennedy by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Matt Tavares, Hyperion, 2010.

This portrait of the 35th President of the United States shows his zest for life, compassion for people and his personal and political challenges. Among other things, Kennedy was a huge advocate for the space program, created the Peace Corps and sought to end racial discrimination.

Go to The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum to read Kennedy’s White House Diary and take a virtual tour.

May 29 Birthday: Patrick Henry

by Anne on May 29, 2013

Patrick Henry, politician

May 29, 1736-June 6, 1799

A Picture Book of Patrick Henry by David A. Adler, illustrated by John C. Wallner and Alexandra Wallner (Holiday House, 2001)

Henry, the first and sixth governor of Virginia made the “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. Listen to Henry’s speech (scroll down the page) as interpreted by Richard Schuman and read about Henry’s life at

May 29 Birthday: Tenzing Norgay

by Anne on May 29, 2013

Tenzing Norgay, explorer

May 29, 1914-May 9, 1986

Tigers of the Snows: Tenzing Norgay: The Boy Whose Dream Was Everest by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Ed Young (Atheneum, 2006)

A Nepalese climber, Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary were the first men on the summit of Mount Everest.

A profile of Norgay is posted on the Scholastic Teachers web site.