Saturday, July 18, 2015

Felicia Bond

Even as a child, Felicia Bond loved books and wanted to grow up to be an artist.  She still loves reading and enjoys illustrating children’s books.  She was born on July 18, 1954, in Yokohama, Japan, where she lived her first two years.  She grew up in Bronxville, New York, and Houston, Texas, with her four brothers and two sisters.

Felicia wrote and illustrated Poinsetta and Her Family in 1981, which was her first published book. She wrote and illustrated eight other books over the years.  She was the illustrator of over twenty other children’s books, including the popular If You Give a Mouse series.  She has won numerous awards for her work.  

Happy Birthday, Felicia!!

Check out some of her stories on Youtube:

 * If You Give a Mouse a Cookie read by Laura Numeroff

* Here's a good back-to-school Video:  If You Take a Mouse to School

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Yesterday was my birthday - my Medicare birthday no less!!  I've mentioned before several famous people who share my birthday.  (See the blog post.) Here are a couple more birthday twins I've unearthed:  evangelist Franklin Graham and cartoonist William Hanna (Think Hanna Barbera with whom he created The Flintstones).


Children's author, Peggy Parish, is also member of my July 14 birthday club.

Margaret Cecile "Peggy" Parish (July 14, 1927 – November 19, 1988) was the author of Amelia Bedelia. The series was continued after her sudden death from an aneurysm by her nephew Herman Parish. She was born in Manning, South Carolina.  Herman his aunt's life in his book, Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia, by writing this sweet dedication, "For Peggy Parish, the real Amelia." 

Peggy and her nephew, Herman

It's cool she has an Oklahoma connection. After graduating with a BA in English, she moved to the panhandle of Oklahoma and taught third grade, in addition to teaching dance and producing community shows. In 1961 she published her first book, My Golden Book of MannersClick here is some more information about her.

 Today, July 15, is the birthday of Clement C. Moore, author of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.  He was born in Chelsea New York,  in 1779 and died in Newport, Rhode Island, on July 10, 1863.