Happy birthday Kate DiCamillo!

25 Mar

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I was born at the tail end of 1964.

On that same day, December 23, 1964, Eddie Vedder, lead singer of   Pearl Jam was born. Although I have never met Eddie, I like to think of him as my other twin, since I already have a twin sister.

I learned recently that Kate DiCamillo was born on March 25, 1964. Happy birthday Kate DiCamillo! The Tale of Despereaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane are two of the books I would take with me to a desert island.

That got me wondering if there other writers were born in 1964. So ex-librarian that I am, I did a little digging to see which of my favorite children’s and YA authors turn 52 this year, like Kate, Eddie and I.

Libba Bray turns 52 on March 11. I read Lair of Dreams  recently, but my favorite book remains Beauty Queens.

 On April 9th, Margaret Peterson Haddix turns 52. My sister gave me Running Out of Time when it came out in 1995 and I have been a fan ever since.

Frances O’Roark Dowell’s birthday is on May 30th. hough I’ve read fewer of her books, my favorite is Shooting the Moon.

On June 5th, we will celebrate Rick Riordan’s 52nd birthday. One of the best book clubs I ever ran was a small pull out group reading  The Lightning Thief. I snapped up that series and even skipped lunch one day in 2008 to make a Powell’s to pick up a just released copy of The Battle of the Labyrinth.

And finally, on October 2nd, Elizabeth Wein, the author of one of my heart books, Code Name Verity,  turns 52.

A year later, in 1965, Frank Sinatra recorded this song.

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11 Responses to “Happy birthday Kate DiCamillo!”

  1. alwaysgoinghome March 25, 2016 at 5:55 am #

    I love your line, “So ex-librarian that I am…” 🙂

    We have similar tastes in authors! I will have to check out Code Name Verity; I’ve heard about it from several friends. I miss Powell’s City of Books. I would always make a trip there when visiting my in-laws across the river in Vancouver, WA.

  2. paulabourque March 25, 2016 at 6:10 am #

    What a fun slice! I think I’ll look up authors born in 1963! I’m sure I’ll be “twinning” with several! Haaa! Thanks for a fun read this morning.

  3. sallydonnelly11 March 25, 2016 at 6:11 am #

    I love this post!! I am an Oct 1963 baby! And I love Kate. So happy to know today is her birthday and I’m just 5 months older. I have spent time finding books published the year I was born (Where the Wild Things Are and A Snowy Day) but hadn’t thought to look for authors born in 1963. Thanks to you I plan to! And thanks for adding the video!

  4. kristalee11 March 25, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    Makes me smile! Love the connections and, of course, Frank Sinatra!

  5. arjeha March 25, 2016 at 8:11 am #

    It is fun to see who was born on the same day or in the same year as us. The internet makes research so much faster.

  6. Terje March 25, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    You are in a wonderful company. The Tale of Despereaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Dulane are essential books for me too.

  7. elsie March 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    It was a very good year for writers, some famous, some slightly famous.

  8. aggiekesler March 25, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

    I love Kate DiCamillo, too! Happy Birthday Kate! Those are 2 of my favorites as well. 🙂

  9. mrssurridge March 25, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

    Apparently, 1964 was a great year for authors. I love this list of books.

  10. Michelle Haseltine March 25, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

    You are in great company! I love the creative idea for this post!!!

  11. Christine Baldiga March 25, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

    Yes, cool idea for post. Never thought of looking up year of birth. You seem to bein great company.

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