April Author & Illustrator Birthdays

Celebrate Writers and Artists by Diving Into Their Work!

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8


April 2: Hans Christian Andersen
The Hans Christian Andersen Center

April 3: Washington Irving

Sleepy Hollow Field Trip

Washington Irving (Hudson Valley Resources for Educators)

April 4: Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Video

Maya Angelou Author Web site

April 5: Anthony Horowitz
Author Interview
Why Anthony Horowitz Writes
Raven's Gate: The Ultimate Summer Read
Anthony Horowitz books

April 12: Beverly Cleary
Dear Mr. Henshaw Teaching Plan
Dear Mr. Henshaw Discussion Guide
Ramona's World Discussion Guide
Emily's Runaway Imagination Teaching Plan
Beverly Cleary books

April 12: Gary Soto  

 Author Visit Kit
Chato and the Party Animals Discussion Guide (Grades K-2)
Chato's Kitchen Discussion Guide (Grades PreK-3)
Too Many Tamales Discussion Guide (Grades K-2)
Too Many Tamales Writing Prompt (Grades K-2)

April 13: Marguerite Henry

Marguerite Henry Biography (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Misty of Chincoteague Discussion Guide (Grades 3-5)

April 21: Barbara Park
Graduation of Jake Moon Lesson Plan
Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl Lesson Plan (Grades PreK-3)
Junie B. Jones Lesson Plan (Grades K-3)
Barbara Park books

April 23: Shakespeare

"History According to Shakespeare" Unit Plan

Studying Shakespeare With Children (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust)

April 26: Patricia Reilly Giff
Nory Ryan's Song Lesson Plan (Grades 3-5)
Sort It Out with Senses! Lesson based on Pictures of Hollis Woods (Grades 3-6)
Patricia Reilly Giff books

April 26: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Lee Bennett Hopkins books

April 27: Steven D'Amico
Steven D'Amico books

April 28: Lois Duncan
Lois Duncan books

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