Writers’ & Illustrators’ Birthdays

Picture Book Writers’ & Illustrators’ Birthdays below.  Share your special day with one of them?  Find your month and find out.  Click the name to see some of their creative work.



January 5:  Lynne Cherry born in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

January 12:  Nina Laden born in New York, NY, USA.

January 13:  Michael Bond born in Newbury, Berkshire, UK.

January 16:  Marla Frazee born in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

January 28:  Vera B. Williams born in Hollwood, CA, USA.

January 29:  Bill Peet born in Grandview, IN, USA.

January 29:  Rosemary Wells born in New York, NY, USA.

January 31:  Denise Fleming born in Toledo, OH, USA.


February 1:  Jerry Spinelli born in Norristown, PA, USA.writers' & illustrators' birthdays

February 2:  Judith Viorst born in Newark, NJ, USA.

February 4:  Russell Hoban born in Lansdale, PA, USA.

February 4:  Deborah Hopkinson born in Lowell, MA USA.

February 5:  David Wiesner born in Bridgewater Township, NJ, USA.

February 7:  Natasha Wing born in Milford, CT, USA.

February 11:  Mo Willems born in Des Plaines, IL, USA.

February 11:  Jane Yolen  born in Manhattan, New York, NY, USA.

February 12:  Rick Walton born in Provo, UT, USA.

February 13:  Carole Boston Weatherford born in Baltimore, MD, USA.

February 14:  Paul O. Zelinsky born in Evanston, IL, USA.

February 15:  Norman Bridwell born in Kokomo, IN, USA.

February 18:  Barbara Joosse born in Grafton, WI, USA.

February 21:  Jim Aylesworth born in Jacksonville, FL, USA.

February 27:  Uri Shulevitz born in Warsaw, Poland.

February 28:  Bill Thomson born in Waterbury, CT, USA.


March 2:  Dr. Seuss born in Springfield, MA, USA.writers' & illustrators' birthdays

March 3:  Patricia MacLachlan born in Cheyenne, WY, USA.

March 3:  Janet Stevens born in Pensacola, FL, USA.

March 4:  Dav Pilkey born in Cleveland, OH, USA.

March 4:  Peggy Rathmann born in St. Paul, MN, USA.

March 5:  Joy Cowley born in Levin, New Zealand.

March 5:  Mem Fox born in Melbourne, Australia.

March 6:  Chris Raschka born in Huntingdon, PA, USA.

March 7:  Kelly DiPucchio born in Warren, MI, USA.

March 11:  Ezra Jack Keats born in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA. 

March 11:  Wanda Gag born in New Ulm, MN, USA.

March 13:  Ellen Raskin born in Milwaukee, WI, USA.

March 16:  Giles Andreae born in London, UK.

March 16:  Peter H. Reynolds born in Toronto, Canada.

March 20:  Bill Martin, Jr. born in Hiawatha, KS, USA.

March 21:  Leslie Helakoski born in Abbeville, LA, USA.

March 25:  Kate DiCamillo born in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

March 25:  Linda Sue Park born in Urbana, IL, USA.


April 3:  Sandra Boynton born in Orange, NJ, USA.writers' & illustrators' birthdays

April 10:  Martin Waddell born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.

April 11:  April Pulley Sayre born in Greenville, SC, USA.

April 19:  Javaka Steptoe born in New York, USA.

April 27:  Ludwig Bemelmans born in Meran, Tyrol, Austria-Hungary (now Italy).

April 29:  Amy Krouse Rosenthal born in Chicago, IL, USA.


May 3:  Paul Geraghty born in Durban, South Africa.

May 5:  Leo Lionni born in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

May 10:  Caroline B. Cooney born in Geneva, NY, USA.

May 15:  Kadir Nelson born in Washington, DC, USA.

May 16:  Adam Rex born in Dayton, OH, USA.writers' & illustrators' birthdays

May 16:  Margret Rey born in Hamburg, Germany.

May 20:  Mary Pope Osborne born in Fort Sill, OK, USA.

May 20:  Annie M. G. Schmidt born Kapelle, Zeeland, Netherlands.

May 20:  Dan Yaccarino born in Montclair, NJ, USA.

May 22:  Arnold Lobel born in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

May 23:  Susan Cooper born in Burnham, UK.

May 23:  Margaret Wise Brown born in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA.

May 24:  Candace Fleming born in Mount Prospect, IL, USA.


June 2:  Norton Juster born in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA.writers' & illustrators' birthdays

June 2:  Helen Oxenbury born in Ipswich, UK.

June 4:  Ben Hatke born in Lafayette, IN, USA.

June 4:  Joyce Sidman born in Hartford, CT, USA.

June 6:  Cynthia Rylant born in Hopewell, WV, USA.

June 10:  Maurice Sendak born in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA.

June 12:  Helen Lester born in Evanston, IL, USA.

June 14:  Bruce Degen  born in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA.

June 14:  Laurence Yep born in San Francisco, CA, USA.

June 18:  Chris Van Allsburg born in Grand Rapids, MI, USA.

June 21:  Berkeley Breathed born in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

June 21:  Robert Kraus born in Milwaukee, WI, USA.

June 24:  Kathryn Lasky born in Indianapolis, IN, USA.

June 25:  Eric Carle born in Syracuse, NY, USA.

June 25:  Charlotte Zolotow born in Norfolk, VA, USA.

June 28:  Darcy Pattison born in Albuquerque, NM, USA.

June 28:  Herve Tullet born in Avranches, France.


July 1:  Sally Derby born Dayton, OH, USA.writers' & illustrators' birthdays

July 1:  Emily Arnold McCully born in Galesburg, IL, USA.

July 2:  Jack Gantos born in Mount Pleasant, PA, USA.

July 11:  Patricia Polacco born in Lansing, MI, USA.

July 11:  Jane Werner Watson born in Fond du Lac, WI, USA.

July 14:  Laura Joffe Numeroff born in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA.

July 14:  Peggy Parish born in Manning, SC, USA.

July 18:  Felicia Bond born in Yokohama, Japan.

July 21:  Adam Rubin born in USA.

July 23:  Robert Quackenbush born in USA.

July 25:  Ruth Krauss born in Baltimore, MD, USA.

July 26:  Jan Berenstain born in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

July 28:  Jon J. Muth born in Cincinnati, OH, USA.

July 28:  Beatrix Potter born in Kensington, London, UK.

July 30:  Jane Cabrera born in Berkhamsted, UK.

July 30:  Marcus Pfister born in Bern, Switzerland.

July 31:  B. J. Novak born in Newton, MA, USA.

July 31:  Lynne Rae Perkins born in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.


August 2:  James Howe born in Oneida, NY, USA.writers' & illustrators' birthdays

August 6:  Frank Asch born in Somerville, NJ, USA.

August 6:  Barbara Cooney born in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA.

August 9:  José Aruego born in Manila, Philippines.

August 9:  Patricia McKissack born in Smyrna, TN.

August 10:  Lizi Boyd

August 11:  Joanna Cole born in Newark, NJ, USA.

August 11:  Don  Freeman born in San Diego, CA, USA.

August 12:  Mary Ann Hoberman born in Stamford, CT, USA.

August 12:  Cindy Sommer born in Port Jefferson, NY, USA.

August 16:  Eileen Spinelli born in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

August 17:  Ariane Dewey born in Chicago, IL, USA.

August 20:  Taro Gomi born in Tokyo, Japan.

August 20:  Judy Schachner born in Waltham, MA, USA.

August 21:  Arthur Yorinks born in USA.

August 23:  Mac Barnett born in California, USA.

August 25:  Ian Falconer born in Ridgefield, CT, USA.

August 26:  Bernard Wiseman born in Brooklyn, New York City, NY, USA.

August 28:  Roger Duvoisin born in Geneva, Switzerland.

August 28:  Brian Pinkney born in Boston, MA, USA.

August 28:  Allen Say born in Yokohama, Japan.

August 29:  Karen Hesse  born in Baltimore, MD, USA.

August 30:  Donald Crews  born in Newark, NJ, USA.

August 30:  Virginia Lee Burton born in Newton Centre, MA, USA.


September 2:  Laura Godwin born in Alberta, Canada.writers' & illustrators' birthdays

September 7:  Eric Hill born in Holloway, UK.

September 8:  Kate Beaton born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada.

September 8:  Jon Scieszka born in Flint, MI, USA.

September 11:  Carmen Agra Deedy born in Havana, Cuba.

September 13:  Emily Jenkins born in New York City, NY, USA.

September 14:  Robert McCloskey born in Hamilton, OH, USA.

September 14:  John Steptoe born in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA.

September 15:  Tomie dePaola born in Meriden, CT, USA.

September 16:  Julia Donaldson born in London, England, UK.

September 16:  H. A. Rey born in Hamburg, Germany.

September 25:  Andrea Davis Pinkney born in Washington, D.C., USA.

September 25:  Shel Silverstein born in Chicago, IL, USA.

September 27:  Bernard Waber born in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

September 29:  Stan Berenstain born in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

September 30:  Alvin Tresselt born in Passaic, NJ, USA.


October 4:  Toni Buzzeo born in Dearborn, MI, USA.writers' & illustrators' birthdays

October 5:  Carson Ellis born in Vancouver, Canada.

October 5:  David Shannon born in Washington, DC, USA.

October 7:  Sherman Alexie born in Wellpinit, WA, USA.

October 8:  Faith Ringgold born in Harlem, NYC, NY, USA.

October 10:  Robert D. San Souci born in San Franciso, CA, USA.

October 16:  Sandy Asher born in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

October 16:  Joseph Bruchac born in Saratoga Springs, NY, USA.

October 17:  Ruth Horowitz born in Newark, NJ, USA.

October 20:  Jo Ellen Bogart born in Houston, TX, USA.

October 20:  Crockett Johnson born in New York City, NY, USA.

October 26:  Steven Kellogg born in Norwalk, CT, USA,

October 30:  Eric A. Kimmel born in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA.


November 3:  Janell Cannon born in St. Paul, MN, USA.writers' & illustrators' birthdays

November 7:  Yuyi Morales born in Xalapa, Mexico.

November 9:  Pat Cummings born in Chicago, IL, USA.

November 9:  Lois Ehlert born in Beaver Dam, WI, USA.

November 9:  Kay Thompson born in St. Louis, MO, USA.

November 10:  Neil Gaiman born in Portchester, Hampshire, England.

November 14:  William Steig born in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA.

November 22:  William Kotzwinkle born in Scranton, PA, USA.

November 24:  Mordicai Gerstein born in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

November 27:  Kevin Henkes born in Racine, WI, USA.

November 28:  Tomi Ungerer born in Strasbourg, France.

November 29:  Jackie French born in Sydney, Australia.

November 29:  Jon Klassen born in Winnipeg, Canada.


December 1:  Jan Brett born in Norwell, MA, USA.writers' & illustrators' birthdays

December 4:  Munro Leaf born in Hamilton, MD, USA.

December 9:  Jean De Brunhoff born in Paris, France.

December 11:  William Joyce born in Shreveport, LA, USA.

December 19:  Eve Bunting born in Maghera, Northern Ireland, UK.

December 22:  Jerry Pinkney born in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

December 24:  Lynn Munsinger born in Greenfield, IN, USA.

December 25:  Anna Dewdney born in New York City , NY, USA.

December 27:  Erin E. Stead born in Farmington Hills, MI, USA.

December 27:  Philip C. Stead born in Farmington Hills, MI, USA.

December 30:  Mercer Meyer born in Little Rock, AR, USA.

December 31:  Margery Cuyler born in Princeton, NJ, USA.

writers' & illustrators' birthdays