Category: Childrens

Holbrook, Sara

Born: September 15, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Mentor Sara E. (Traynor) Holbrook was born September 15, 1949, and has lived in Ohio for more than 20 years having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Mount Union College (Alliance, OH). She began writing poetry for her two daughters (now adults with children of their own) …

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Hughes, Langston

Born: February 1, 1902 Died: May 22, 1967 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland James Langston Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, the son of James Nathaniel and Carrie Mercer (Langston) Hughes. While he was an infant, his parents separated and he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where his grandmother raised him. When his grandmother died, he moved …

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Johnson, Angela

Born: June 18, 1961 Ohio connection: Resident Kent Born in Tuskegee, Alabama and raised in Windham, Ohio, Angela Johnson, the award-winning author of more than 40 books for children and young adults, attended Kent State University before dropping out to pursue a career as a children’s author. Working as a nanny, she was employed by Newbery-Medal-winning …

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Kenah, Katharine

Born: April 15, 1949 Ohio connection: Resident Granville Katharine Kenah  is the author of more than 30 books for children. She writes picture-book texts and science-related book series for beginning readers. Reared on an oceanographic observatory in New York state, among scientists and cats, Kehan developed a strong interest in the physical sciences, in particular, …

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Kendall, Carol

Born: September 13, 1917 Died: July 28, 2012 Ohio connection: Birth Bucyrus Born in Bucyrus, Ohio on September 13, 1917, Carol Kendall was the daughter of John Adam and Laura (Price) Seeger. While attending Ohio University, she met Paul Murray Kendall, a Ph.D. who specialized in Renaissance literature and Shakespeare. The couple married on July 15, …

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Laycock, George

Born: May 29, 1921 Died: March 31, 2014 Ohio connection: Birth Zanesville George Edwin Laycock was born in Zanesville, Ohio. He received a B.S. degree from Ohio State University in 1943. That same year, he married Ellen M. Van Auken, and they would have three children: Elaine, Michael, and Steven. Laycock`s career began with Farm Quarterly, Cincinnati, where he …

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Lewis, J. Patrick

Born: May 5, 1942 Ohio connection: Resident Westerville J. Patrick Lewis was born in Gary, Indiana. The former Children’s Poet Laureate (2011-2013) received a B.A. degree from Saint Joseph’s College in 1964, an M.A. from Indiana University in 1965, and a PhD in economics from the Ohio State University in 1974. Lewis taught in the department of Business, …

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Lenski, Lois

Born: October 14, 1893 Died: September 11, 1974 Ohio connection: Birth Springfield Lois Lenski was born in Springfield, Ohio, and moved to nearby Anna, a small rural community of some 200, in 1899. Lenski fictionalized her childhood in her first two books, Skipping Village (1927) and A Little Girl of Nineteen Hundred (1928). Her mother was a former teacher, and her father was …

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Hillenbrand, Will

Born: May 31, 1960 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Will Hillenbrand was born May 31, 1960, in Cincinnati to Earl (a barber) and Alice (Zins) Hillenbrand and has lived almost all his life in Cincinnati where he grew up surrounded by stories. The youngest of four boys with diverse personalities and talents, Hillenbrand found himself interested in drawing.  …

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