Thursday, June 12, 2008

June 12 Birthdays: George H. W. Bush, Anne Frank and Helen Lester

George H. W. Bush, U.S. President
June 12, 1924-

Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1998)

Bush banned broccoli from the White House. Number 41, was a former director of the CIA and the father of five, one whom would become Number 43.

The George Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Texas A&M is the source for Bush info.

Anne Frank, writer
June 12, 1929-February/March, 1945

A Picture Book Biography of Anne Frank by David A. Adler, illustrated by Karen Ritz (Holiday House, 1994)

The world knows Anne Frank because of the diary she kept while the Nazis reigned. This book describes Frank’s life before, during and after she and her family went into hiding.

Read the story of Frank, visit the museum, try the activities and catch the latest news of the Anne Frank House.

Helen Lester, writer
June 12, 19??-

Author: A True Story by Helen Lester (Houghton Mifflin, paper, 2002)

A lively account of how Lester, an acclaimed picture book author found her passion.

Lester’s website offers an interview with her, a photo album and a look at her books.