Category: Childrens

Catrow, David J.

Born: 1962 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 State University, …

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Buckley, Michael

Born: 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 writer, and …

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Brinton Turkle

Born: August 15, 1915Died: October 9, 2003 Ohio connection: Birth Alliance Brinton Cassaday Turkle was an author and illustrator of twenty children’s books; he wrote about overcoming adversities, the power of truth, and reverence for all living creatures. During his career, Turkle illustrated over 100 books for other authors. Born on August 15, 1915, in Alliance, …

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Tolan, Stephanie S.

Canton Born: October 25, 1942 Ohio connection: Birth Reading late at night with a flashlight under the covers, Stephanie Tolan discovered early on the magic of the written word. Born in Canton, Ohio, on October 25, 1942, and raised in Wisconsin, Tolan wrote her first story in fourth grade. Although she had received rejection slips by the …

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R.L. Stine

Born: 1943 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus 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. When he was nine years old, he began writing short stories, jokes, and comic books for his friends. He attended Ohio State University and …

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Springstubb, Tricia

Cleveland Heights Born: 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 is …

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Cynthia Rylant

Born: 1954 Ohio connection: Resident Rootstown 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, in 1954, Rylant spent her first four years in Illinois. When she was four, …

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