Monday, August 18, 2008

August 18 Birthdays: Roberto Clemente and Meriwether Lewis

Roberto Clemente, athlete
Aug. 18, 1934-Dec. 31, 1972

Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Raul Colon (Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books, 2005)

Inspirational. From Clemente's childhood of poverty to World Series triumph, and then tragic death, Clemente lives on as a role model on and off the field.

Continue reading about Clemente at his Official Web site or find out more about him at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Meriwether Lewis, explorer
Aug. 18, 1774-Oct. 11, 1809

A Picture Book Biography of Lewis and Clark by David A. Adler, illustrated by Ronald Himler (Holiday House, 2003)

The spirit of adventure is captured in this book about Lewis and Clark's most celebrated journey-the expedition of the West.

Visit Discovering Lewis & Clark, an online "hyperhistory in progress" and retrace the steps of these explorers and more

See also: Aug. 1, William Clark.