Today is the day in 1960 that Harper Lee's one and only published work, To Kill A Mockingbird, was released. It was a bestseller almost immediately and received a Pulitzer Prize less than a year later on May 1, 1960. Librarians have voted it the best novel of the twentieth century.
Also on this day, adult and children's book author E.B. White was born in 1899 in New York. Charlotte's Web, Trumpet of the Swan, and Stuart Little remain three of my favorite read-a-louds to school age children. They always seem to delight and never get old.
Birthday greeting should also go out to:
Jane Gardam (A Long Way from Verona)
Patricia Polacco (Chicken Sunday, Pink and Say, etc)
James Stevenson ( I Meant to Tell You)