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.