November 27 Birthday: Jimi Hendrix

by Anne on November 27, 2013

Jimi Hendrix, musician

November 27, 1942-September 18, 1970

Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix by Gary Golio, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe (Clarion Books, 2010).

Meet the heart and soul of the rock ‘n’ roller who electrified the 1960s–before he became a star. Through vibrant language and dynamic illustrations, readers are introduced to Hendrix’s childhood friends, his inspirations, his songs, his fire.

The official Jimi Hendrix website offers news, video, music, album information and a bio of this pioneer.

November 24 Birthday: Frances H. Burnett

by Anne on November 24, 2013

Frances H. Burnett, writer

Nov. 24, 1849-Oct. 29, 1924

Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1994)

Burnett, the author of the children’s classic, The Secret Garden, originally illustrated by Tasha Tudor, was nicknamed “Fluffy.” Who knew?

A brief biography of Burnett is posted on a UK site devoted to fantasy.

November 23 Birthday: Franklin Pierce

by Anne on November 23, 2013

Franklin Pierce, U.S. President

Nov. 23, 1804-Oct. 8, 1869

Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1998)

One paragraph about the 14th president who put the first Christmas tree in the White House can be found in this collective biography.

Read Pierce’s Inaugural Address on Friday, March 4, 1853, posted on The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School.

November 22 Birthday: Sieur De La Salle

by Anne on November 22, 2013

Sieur De La Salle a.k.a. Rene-Robert Cavelier, explorer

Nov. 22, 1643-Mar. 20, 1687

Despite All Obstacles: LaSalle and the Conquest of the Mississippi by Joan Elizabeth Goodman, illustrated by Tom McNeely (Mikaya Press, 2001)

Follow La Salle from his birth in France through his Mississippi adventures through a text filled with excerpts from letters, diaries and journals.

The Handbook of Texas Online provides a biographical sketch of La Salle.

November 21 Birthday: Isaac B. Singer

by Anne on November 21, 2013

Isaac B. Singer, writer

Nov. 21, 1904-1991

Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1994)

Singer spent his childhood in a Jewish ghetto in Poland. He escaped the Holocaust, became a writer and won the Nobel Prize in literature for his work.

Isaac Bashevis Singer is profiled at the Jewish-American Hall of Fame.