Category: Childrens

Eager, Edward McMaken

Born: June 20, 1911 Died: October 23, 1964 Ohio connection: Birth Toledo Edward McMaken Eager was born in 1911 in Toledo, Ohio. He was raised in Toledo, but spent most of the summers of his childhood and youth in rural Indiana, where he developed a love of nature, gardening, and bird-watching. These interests stayed with him the rest …

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Cook, Kacy

Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Kacy Cook was born in Columbus, Ohio, the second of six children. Her father was a federal agent, and her mother was an artist and dress designer. Kacy still lives in Columbus and has three grown children. Since attending Ohio State University, Kacy has worked in journalism and publishing. In addition, …

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Cheng, Andrea

Born: September 19, 1957 Died: December 26, 2015 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Children’s book author and educator Andrea Cheng was born in El Paso, Texas.  The daughter of Hungarian immigrants who grew up and lived most of her life in Cincinnati, Ohio, she and her two siblings grew up in an extended family, which Cheng once described …

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Catrow, David J.

Born: December 16, 1952 Ohio connection: Resident Springfield International cartoonist and children’s book illustrator, David J. Catrow was born in Richmond, Virginia. As a boy, his favorite subject in school was drawing… in math class!   Even though he intended to pursue a “sensible” profession, drawing silly pictures turned out to be Catrow’s destiny. He attended Kent …

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Cary, Alice

Born: April 26, 1820 Died: February 12, 1871 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Healthy Alice Cary was born in 1820 in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Jessup Cary. She was the fourth of eleven children and a sister of author Phoebe Cary. She had a very difficult childhood, with much sorrow and loss in …

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Buckley, Michael

Born: August 16, 1969 Ohio connection: Birth Akron Michael Buckley is the New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm series, The N.E.R.D.S series, Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show, and the Undertow trilogy. Before becoming a best-selling author of children’s books, Buckley worked as a stand-up comic, singer in a punk rock band, advertising copy …

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Watterson, Bill

Chagrin Falls Born: July 5, 1958 Ohio connection: Resident Bill Watterson, creator of the beloved comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes,” was born on July 5, 1958, in Washington D.C., and moved with his family to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, when he was six years old. Watterson preferred to spend his time alone drawing–a talent he lent to his …

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Turkle, Brinton

Alliance Born: August 15, 1915 Ohio connection: Birth Brinton Cassaday Turkle was born on August 15, 1915, in Alliance, Ohio where a family friend, Gertrude Alice Kay, a children’s author and illustrator, encouraged his creative interests. Turkle showed an early inclination toward the theater, and entered the drama department at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (1933-36). Deciding …

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