Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Happy Birthday, Katharine Holabird

Born on this date in 1948 in Chicago, Katharine Holabird has been delighting readers with her Angelina books since 1983.  She loved to dress up with her three sisters and pretend to be ballerinas.  Her grandmother took her to see ballets each years.

After graduating from college, she took a job as a literary editor.  A vacation to Italy sparked a desire to learn the language, so she lived in Rome for a while.  After she married in 1974, she and her husband moved to London where she worked as a school teacher.  


Katharine and her husband had two little girls, who began taking ballet when they were old enough.  Her girls' excitement about dancing gave Katharine the idea for a book about children who loved to dance.  She grabbed bits of writing time while the girls were in school and after they had gone to bed at night.  In the original story she wrote, Angelina was a little girl.  However, when the illustrator, Helen Craig, read the manuscript, she transformed the little girl into the ballerina mouse we read in the Angelina series.

Katherine now writes about Twinkle, a fairy whose wings change colors with her moods.  She still lives in London with her husband.

Here's is Katharine's informative website:  http://katharineholabird.com/ .

Check out these videos by the author: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjxGymTNhmk  and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQAp4jO99jo

How many of her Angelina books have you read?

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