Waterhouse Hawkins, artist
Feb. 8, 1807-1889
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins: An Illuminating History of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, Artist and Lecturer by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic, 2001)
This is the story of a man with a vision and talent. Hawkins was passionate about dinos and it led him to build life-size models of them.
From an article in Prehistoric Times Magazine, see drawings of Hawkins’ work and read more about him.
Alice Walker, writer
Feb. 8, 1944-
Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference by Joyce Hansen (Scholastic, 1998)
Born to sharecroppers in Georgia, Alice Walker worked hard in school. She was an active participant in the civil rights movement and is an accomplished poet and novelist. The Color Purple is her most well-known work.
Links to information about Walker can be found at a Cuny.edu site.