Birthdays: March 20

Today is the birthday of two pretty cool people.

The first is Lois Lowry. She has written quite a few books for children, two of which have been awarded the Newbery Medal. My favourite of her books is The Giver which tells the story of a boy living in a “utopian” society who realizes that his community isn’t as wonderful as he (and everyone else) had been lead to believe. It’s a powerful book. I definitely recommend it. Check out Lois Lowry’s website for more information on her, her books and what’s coming soon!

The second person who was born on this date that I want to recognize is Fred Rogers. Mr. Rogers became extremely famous for his PBS children’s show “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood“. I always liked the little models that sat in his kitchen of the puppet people’s houses. He didn’t get them out very often, but you could see them sitting on a shelf in every episode! Mr. Rogers was more than just a television personality, though. He understood children in a way that few people do. His books for kids about dealing with life issues, everything from parents getting divorced and the birth of new siblings to serious illnesses and disabilities, are some of the best on the market. The books explain tough concepts to children in terms they can understand without ever talking down to them. Fred Rogers died on Feb. 27, 2003. He was a wonderful man.

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