Celebrating October Authors


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One way to celebrate the many authors and illustrators who have touched our minds and hearts is to introduce or revisit their contributions on their birthdays.

This list will remind you of authors you already love and, ideally, introduce you to a few you haven’t encountered yet. You’ll find titles of interest for all ages. Check them out from your local or school library or click the Amazon links. (C=Chapter Book, EC=Early Chapter Book, P=Picture Book)

October 4—Karen Cushman

Rodzina (C)

The Midwife’s Apprentice (C)

October 4—Donald J. Sobol

Encyclopedia Brown (C series)

October 5—Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet the Spy (C)

October 5—David Shannon

No, David! (P)

Duck on a Bike (P)

A Bad Case of Stripes (P)

Alice the Fairy (P)

Too Many Toys (P)

Good Boy, Fergus! (P)

Bugs in My Hair! (P)

Jangles: A Big Fish Story (P)

October 8—R. L. Stine

Goosebumps (C series)

October 10—James Marshall

George and Martha (P)

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (P)

Red Riding Hood (P)

Fox and His Friends (EC)

October 10—Robert D. San Souci

The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South (P)

October 15—Barry Moser

The Three Little Pigs (P)

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale (P)

October 19—Ed Emberley

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals (N)

Ed Emberley’s Great Thumbprint Drawing Book (P)

Go Away, Big Green Monster! (P)

October 19—Dan Gutman

Miss Daisy Is Crazy! (C)

October 19—Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass (C)

October 20—Nikki Grimes

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures (P)

Meet Danitra Brown (Poetry)

When Gorilla Goes Walking (P)

October 20—Crockett Johnson

Harold and the Purple Crayon (P)

October 21—Janet Ahlberg

Each Peach Pear Plum (P)

The Jolly Postman (P)

October 21—Ursula K. Le Guin

Catwings (C series)

A Wizard of Earthsea (C)

October 23—Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak (C)

Fever 1793 (C)

No Time for Mother’s Day (P)

October 25—Fred Marcellino

I, Crocodile (P)

October 30—Henry Winkler

Niagra Falls, or Does It? (C)

October 31—Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia (C)

Jacob Have I Loved (C)

The Great Gilly Hopkins (C)


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