Category Archives: Author of the Month

April’s Spotlight is on Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary is an American author best known for her books starring Henry Huggins and Beezus and Ramona Quimby. Before she was a writer, Cleary was a children’s librarian who made it her mission to help kids find books they loved to read. Her books have been published in over 25 different languages! Publisher Harper Collins celebrates April 12, Cleary’s birthday, as Drop Everything and Read day(DeaR). CEL owns many of Beverly Cleary’s books, come check one out today! (or maybe tomorrow (6th April) when CEL is next open!)

March Spotlight is on Dr. Seuss

Of course, we all know Dr. Seuss, beloved American author of books like “The Cat and the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham”, but March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, so in honor of him here are some Seussical fun facts:
– Dr. Seuss’ real name is Theodore Geisel
– He knows we’re all pronouncing his name wrong but thought it beneficial to sound similar to Mother Goose
– Before becoming a famous children’s author, he drew ads for companies like GE and NBC
-He won a special Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for “contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America’s children and their parents”.
Come check out one of his books at the library!

February’s Spotlight is on Dinosaurs

What’s your favorite dinosaur? We have lots of dinosaur books here, both fiction and non-fiction. If you want to learn about dinosaurs, try “The Best-Ever Book of Dinosaurs” held in the 560s in non-fiction. If you want a story featuring dinosaurs, try “I’m Tryannosaurus”, in the picture books. Maybe you want to draw dinosaurs? Try “Draw 50 Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals” in the 760s, or maybe you’d like to do the Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzle. There’s really something for every dinosaur lover, and every dinosaur lover to be. Come check one out at the library!

November’s Spotlight is on Astrid Lindgren

Astrid Lindgren is a Swedish author best known for her children’s series featuring Pippi Longstocking. She is the world’s most translated author and the fourth most translated children’s author. She’s sold roughly 144 million books worldwide. Astrid has a literary prize named for her, which is awarded to a Swedish-language children’s writer every year on her birthday in November. Following her death, the Swedish government instituted the Astrid Lindgren Memorial award in her memory- it’s the largest monetary award for children’s and youth literature- 5 million Swedish kroner! As of 2015 Lindgren’s portrait is on the 20 kroner banknote, too!

Come check out one of her books at the library!

August Spotlight on Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is a British author known for her books like, “The Gruffalo” and “Stick Man”. Julia has written 184 books, most of which are for scholastic and school use, and the rest (about 64 books) are for readers like you! Axel Scheffler, who illustrates many of her books is from Hamburg but now resides in London. Come check out one of her/their books at the library!

July’s Spotlight is on Michael Bond

The recently deceased Michael Bond is the author of the very famous Paddington Bear books. Bond’s first Paddington book, “A Bear Called Paddington” was published in 1958 and since then, Paddington’s adventures have been published in almost 20 countries and in over 40 languages. Bond has written other series, like Olga da Polga and a culinary mystery series for adults featuring a character called Monsieur Pamplemousse. Michael Bond has won many awards for his contributions to children’s literature and had sold millions of books throughout his prolific career. Come check out one of his books at the library!

June’s Spotlight is on Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald is an American author (and Librarian!) from Pennsylvania know for the junior fiction series, Judy Moody. Judy Moody is an adventurous 3rd grader whose antics are sure to made any reader laugh. Judy also has a brother she calls Stink and McDonald has written a spin-off series about Stink as well. Come check out one of her books at the library!