George Littlechild, artist and author
Aug. 16, 1958-
This Land is My Land by George Littlechild (Children's Book Press, 1993)
Part autobiography, part history, Littlechild matches his words with his bold, colorful art in this book about his life and the lives of other Native American peoples. Littlechild is a member of the Plains Cree Nation.
Resources about George Littlechild can be found in the Native American Authors Project page.
Joseph "Joe" Switzer, inventor
Aug. 16, 1915-c.1973/4
The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tony Persiani (Charlesbridge, 2008)
Not yet published, but in the queue, this bio about the brothers who invented eye-popping colors is sure to be a hit.
Take a look at these pseudo "Day-Glo" flowers and worms.