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August 20

  • Charlie Parker Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr.

    Charlie Parker was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He was one of the most influential improvising soloists in jazz.

August 23

August 28

August 30

  • Donald Crews Donald Crews

    Two-time winner of the Caldecott Honor Medal, author-illustrator Donald Crews has been creating picture books for over 40 years.

September 1

  • Jim Arnosky Jim Arnosky

    Jim Arnosky shares a love of nature and wild places through his stories and drawings. One of his best known characters, Crinkleroot, has often invited readers to join him as explores the outdoors.

September 13

September 15

  • Tomie dePaola Tomie dePaola

    Tomie dePaola’s illustrations, distinctive in their simplicity, grace the pages of over 200 picture books.

September 16

September 22

  • Orange maple leaves Autumnal Equinox

    The seasons officially change when the day and night are equal in length. In the Northern Hemisphere, autumn begins.

September 25

  • A red apple Johnny Appleseed

    John Chapman, a.k.a. “Johnny Appleseed”, planted apple orchards throughout the upper Ohio River Valley.

October 7

  • Engraving of the Great Chicago Fire The Great Chicago Fire

    Four square miles of downtown Chicago was destroyed by a massive fire that burned for two days.

October 10

  • Eleanor Roosevelt Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

    Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was an author, activist, speaker, politician, UN ambassador, and vocal supporter of civil rights.

October 11

October 15

  • Noah Webster Noah Webster

    Noah Webster was an early American educator who was instrumental in establishing an "American" approach to education.  He is best remembered his An American Dictionary of the English Language.