Willa Cather, writer
Dec. 7, 1873-Apr. 24, 1947
The Divide by Michael Bedard, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully (Doubleday, 1997)
Moved from Virginia to Nebraska, young Willa Cather ultimately found the prairie home. And inspiring.
The Willa Cather Archive offers access to her writings, manuscripts & letters, and life.
Dec. 7, 521-June 9, 597
Across a Dark and Wild Sea by Don Brown, illustrated by Deborah Nadel (Roaring Brook, 2002)
This is a story of an Irish monk of the sixth century also known as St. Columba. He established a monastery and copied books and illuminated manuscripts.
The Catholic Encyclopedia posts a biography of St. Columa on it's website.