Every year we eagerly await the release of award-winning books to add to The Urbana Free Library’s growing collection. Now, there are certain awards that we always honored here at the library, but one of the most prestigious is the Caldecott award given to the best illustrated children’s book. Read more about The Illustrative Life of Caldecott, 173 Year Later
This March we are celebrating the 53rd birthday of the master of comedy and courage, Dav Pilkey. The inspiration he has given to children through both his writings and drawings is astronomical. Read more about Tra-la-la! It’s Dav Pilkey’s 53rd Birthday!
In the mood for a good book? Well, this February we are celebrating the 60th birthday of Megan McDonald, famed author of the book series Judy Moody. Many of us are already familiar with the zany antics and many moods of Judy Moody, but McDonald has quite a few moods of her own. Read more about Moody Megan McDonald’s 60th Birthday
We are starting this month off by recognizing the life and achievements of famed author/poet Langston Hughes. During his life Hughes wrote a number of pieces exploring African-American culture in the states for both adults and children. Read more about Colorful Conversation: The 117th birthday of Langston Hughes
This month we are honoring the memory of author A. A. Milne, the man who brought us our fuzzy little friend all stuffed with fluff, Winnie the Pooh. Read more about Celebrating 136 years of A. A. Milne’s Life
It’s a New Year folks, and this January we are learning more about new cultures by celebrating the life and works of one Alma Flor Ada on her 81st birthday. Read more about New Year, New Experiences, and Alma Flor Ada’s 81st Birthday!
Have you ever wondered why red makes you feel angry? Or why yellow makes you think about joy? Or even why sharp edges and heights seem scary? Well, famed author illustrator Molly Bang has answered all of these questions and more. Read more about Who is Molly Bang and Why are we Celebrating her 75th Birthday?
It is now the month of snow and peppermint here in the Midwest, and the perfect time to sit down with one of famed author illustrator Jan Brett’s many books as we celebrate her 69th birthday. Read more about Snow, Hedgehogs, and Jan Brett’s 69th Birthday!
This November we are celebrating the 72nd birthday of Marc Brown, the master storyteller behind the most adventurous aardvark in books and television, Arthur. I think most of us are familiar with Arthur and his sister D.W. Read more about What a Wonderful Kind of Birthday!
November is a month of history, so this November we are honoring what would be the 103rd birthday of Jean Fritz. She is an author of historical books for children, specifically about those people who played an interesting role at one time in our nation’s history. Read more about Remembering Our History and Honoring this Author’s 103rd Birthday