Archive for the 'Birthday Soup' Category

Carrying Carrots

25 July 2011


A good way to carry your carrots when you pretend you’re a horse is put them inside your shirt. Probably you’ll need a belt or a piece of string around your middle so they don’t fall out when you gallop.

By Ruth Krauss, Illustration by Crockett Johnson
From How to Make an Earthquake, Harper & Brothers, 1954

Ruth Krauss was born on July 25, 1901.

Have I said before that I want to be Ruth Krauss when I grow up?

A Letter to Mr. Keats

11 March 2011


Illustration © Ezra Jack Keats, from The Snowy Day,
first published by The Viking Press in 1962

Today, March 11, is the birthday of Ezra Jack Keats, 1916 – 1983.

Would YOU Eat Green Eggs and Ham? Redux…

2 March 2011

I would not, could not, in the fog.
I could not, would not on a jog.

Yes, Blog, but it’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday today, so I thought it would be fun to play again!

That’s very good, Blog! You are so clever!


Help us celebrate the birthday of Theodore Giesel (aka Dr. Seuss) and Read Across America Day by adding your own “Green Eggs and Ham” verse!

Don’t Shrink at the Table

22 February 2011

“If you want to pretend you’re shrinking, that’s all right,” said Treehorn’s mother, “as long as you don’t do it at the table.”


From The Shrinking of Treehorn
by Florence Parry Heide, drawings by Edward Gorey

It’s Treehorn week! Today is the birthday of illustrator Edward Gorey (February 22, 1925 – April 15, 2000), and author Florence Parry Heide celebrates hers on February 27th. She is interviewed about Treehorn here.

What He Drew In His Head*

22 January 2011

©Brian Wildsmith, the Oxford Book of Poetry for Children, 1963

Happy 80th birthday to Brian Wildsmith, who believes “that beautiful picture books are vitally important in subconsciously forming a child’s visual appreciation…”

*Visit Brian Wildsmith’s Website to learn more.

Bread and Jam for Lillian Hoban

18 May 2010

“That is how it is, Alice…
Your birthday is always the one that is not now.”

A Birthday for Frances by Russell Hoban, pictures by Lillian Hoban.

Today is not my birthday. But it is the birthday of Lillian Hoban. Shall we celebrate with bread and jam? Or, perhaps, a Chompo Bar.

And read this Ode to Frances: “Who would have known that Russell Hoban’s tales of a badger would teach generations of children the difficult work of becoming human?”

Tell Them It Was Wonderful

27 April 2010

Ludwig Bemelmans once joked that he wanted his tombstone to read: “Tell Them It Was Wonderful.” In honor of his birthday, how about Jazz at the Bemelmans Bar?

Would YOU Eat Green Eggs and Ham?

2 March 2010

I would not, could not, in the fog.
I could not, would not on a jog.

That’s very good, Blog! You are so clever!


Today is the birthday of Theodore Giesel (aka Dr. Seuss). Help us celebrate by adding your own “Green Eggs and Ham” verse!

Or cook something special, from the Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook, by Georgeanne Brennan.

Have a Terrific Day

2 February 2010

knock yourself out

Well thank you, Blog, for sharing this with us today, on the birthday of Judith Viorst, author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Read a bit about Judith Viorst, and some of her poems for children, at

If the world is round, would a lion fall off?

12 January 2010

the world is round


I feel the responsibility profoundly of doing illustrations that will be worthy of your book. I do feel that an illustrator can only out do himself when he really feels the challenge of a wonderful story…

– from Clement Hurd, to Gertrude Stein.

Today is the birthday of Clement Hurd, illustrator of Goodnight Moon.

“If the world is round, would a lion fall off?” From The World Is Round, by Gertrude Stein, pictures by Clement Hurd, first published in 1939. With “The World Is Not Flat”, an afterword by Edith Thacher Hurd, Arion Press edition, 1988.

I Want the Moon Too!

8 December 2009

ONCE UPON A TIME, in a kingdom by the sea, there lived a little Princess named Lenore. She was ten years old, going on eleven. One day Lenore fell ill of a surfeit of raspberry tarts and took to her bed.

…[and the princess said] “I want the moon. If I can have the moon, I will be well again.”

From Many Moons, written by James Thurber and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin.

Today is the birthday of James Thurber, 1894 – 1961.
Stop me if you’ve seen this before:

Imagine if…

20 October 2009


“The dummy of Harold and the Purple Crayon came this morning, and I’ve just read it. I don’t know what to say about it. It doesn’t seem to be a good children’s book to me but I’m often wrong – “

From a letter to Crockett Johnson, November 22, 1954, from his editor, Ursula Nordstrom. Read the rest in Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, collected and edited by Leonard Marcus, Harpercollins, 1998.

Today is Crockett Johnson’s birthday. 1906 – 1975.

Tsz, tsz, tsz.

22 September 2009

Leaves aren’t the only things that fall from trees.

caps for sale

Today is the first day of autumn, and Esphyr Slobodkina‘s birthday. 1908 – 2002.

Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk

15 September 2009

Hey Blog! I thought that today, in honor of Robert McCloskey’s birthday, we could snack on blueberries.




Robert McCloskey, 1914 – 2003.

You can listen to him interviewed by Anita Silvey, 1986.
Or try this – easy, easy, easy. And delicious: Blueberry Galette

How will YOU celebrate?

Birthday Soup

13 September 2009

The pot is by the fire. The water in the pot is hot. If I put something in the water, I can make Birthday Soup. All my friends like soup.

Little Bear, by Else Holmelund Minarik, born September 13, 1908. Illustrated by Maurice Sendak