Hans Christian Andersen

April 1, 1805 to August 3, 1875

Hans Christian Andersen grew up a poor child in a provincial Danish town, but found success as a writer fairy tales and became one of the most widely traveled writers of his day.

Hans Christian Andersen, famous for his collections of fairy tales, grew up a poor child in a provincial Danish town, but found success as a writer and became one of the most widely traveled writers of his day.

By the time of his death, Andersen had published around 90 different books including novels, travel books, plays, and collections of poems. His collections of fairy tales, however, have garnered the most attention. He published over 150 tales and stories and some researchers suggest the total number is more than 210!

Ultimate Andersen Folktale

The Ugly Duckling cover The Ugly Duckling

by Hans Christian Andersen, retold and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

There could be no better way to honor International Children's Book Day than by sharing The Ugly Duckling, a faithful retelling of the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen with incomparable illustrations by Jerry Pinkney.