Monday, May 19, 2008

May 19 Birthdays: Bob Switzer and Malcolm X

Bob Switzer, inventor
May 19, 1914-Aug. 20, 1997

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.

Day-Glo worms? View “A Primer on Marine Flatworms for K-12 Students” at the University of New Hampshire site and you’ll be a believer.

The other half of this duo, Joe Switzer was born on August 16, 1915.

Malcolm X
May 19, 1925-Feb. 21, 1965

Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Leonard Jenkins (HarperCollins, 2000)

Malcolm X did not have an easy childhood and was assassinated at the age of 40. In an account of his life, readers will gain insights into this controversial and influential leader.

The Offical Web Site of Malcolm X contains a biography, chronology, achievements, photos, and fast facts about the civil right activist.