Category: Childrens

Stine, R. L.

Columbus Born: October 8, 1943 Ohio connection: Birth Entered into the Guinness World Records 2000: Millennium Edition as author of the world’s top-selling children’s stories, Robert Laurence Stine was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 8, 1943. When he was 9 years old, he began writing short stories, jokes, and comic books for his friends. He attended Ohio State …

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Springstubb, Tricia

Cleveland Heights Born: September 15, 1950 Ohio connection: Resident Tricia Springstubb has published over a dozen books for young readers. What Happened on Fox Street was published by HarperCollins in August 2010.  Her adult fiction and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Hunger Mountain, and Brain, Child, and she’s a frequent book critic for The Plain Dealer.  She …

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Rylant, Cynthia

Rootstown Born: June 6, 1954 Ohio connection: Resident It took Cynthia Rylant only one hour to write her first book, When I Was Young in the Mountains (1982), a collection of vignettes describing the years she spent with her grandparents in Appalachia. Born in Hopewell, Virginia, on June 6, 1954, Rylant spent her first four years in Illinois. When …

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Rosen, Michael J.

Columbus Born: September 20, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Michael Rosen was born September 20, 1954, in Columbus, Ohio, the eldest son of Marvin and Nona Rosen. His childhood home was in a new development situated amid a former pasture. It was there he explored construction sites and fields, collected cocoons, milkweed pods and chrysalises, gathered buckeyes, fed roadside horses, and …

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Robinson, Barbara

Portsmouth Born: October 24, 1927 Died: July 9, 2013 Ohio connection: Birth Barbara Robinson was born in the southern Ohio river town of Portsmouth, and her writing has been greatly influenced by her life in a small town. Robinson’s father died when she was three and her mother’s, a school teacher, encouraged her to read books. Robinson …

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Renick, Marion

Springfield Born: March 9, 1904 Died: October 1, 1983 Ohio connection: Birth Marion Renick was born Marion Lewis, daughter of Bertram Charles and Anna (Washway) Lewis, in 1904 in Springfield, Ohio. From early childhood, she was an avid sports enthusiast, playing various games on the sports fields at nearby Wittenberg University as well as on undeveloped fields …

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Pilkey, Dav

Cleveland Born: March 4, 1966 Ohio connection: Birth Dav Pilkey, son of David M. and Barbara (Pembridge) Pilkey, was born in 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was considered to be a “class clown” during his years at parochial schools in Elyria, Ohio. He also struggled with attention deficit disorder, and had numerous difficulties with teachers. It wasn`t …

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Pearsall, Shelley

Silver Lake Born: October 18, 1966 Ohio connection: Birth A native Ohioan, Shelley Pearsall has enjoyed writing and history since childhood. Before publishing, she was a public school teacher and a museum historian. In her spare time, she wrote historical scripts and short stories for Cleveland-area museums. Shelley Pearsall’s work and writing often has been influenced by …

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Norton, Andre

Cleveland Born: February 17, 1912 Died: March 17, 2005 Ohio connection: Birth Andre Norton was born on February 17, 1912, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Freely Norton, a rug salesman, and Bertha Stemm Norton. She attended Collinwood High School, where she wrote for the school newspaper. Intending to become a history teacher, she attended Western Reserve University, but …

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Nelson, Marilyn

Cleveland Born: April 26, 1946 Ohio connection: Birth Dr. Marilyn Nelson, daughter of Melvin M. Nelson, (U.S.A.F. airman) and Johnnie Mitchell Nelson (teacher) was born in Cleveland.  Nelson began writing in childhood.  She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Davis, and holds postgraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (M.A., 1970) and the University of …

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