Monday, November 1, 2010

Tuesday Trivia

  1. Which Newbury Medal-winning author wrote her first book, Summer to Die about her older sister’s untimely death?
  2. After experiencing the death of one child to measles, enduring a devastating accident with another, and nearly losing his wife to a life-threatening stroke during her pregnancy, which children’s author became an unofficial medical expert — designing concepts for a valve for draining fluid from the brain?
  3. Which author not only illustrates her own books but also makes her own Vermont maple syrup?
  4. Which author is very up front about having failed high school classes and needing tutoring in writing and reading?
  5. Which world famous children’s author and World War II pilot wrote solely for adults for the first fifteen years of his writing career?

Last Week's Answers

Which author (and founder of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to English) won the Newbery medal only two years after his father won for his own book?

Paul Fleischman won the Newbery Medal for his book Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices in 1989, while his father Sid Fleischman won for The Whipping Boy in 1987.

Which author used the pseudonyms Golden MacDonald, Juniper Sage, Kaintuck Brown and Timothy Hay?

Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon, created pen names so that people wouldn’t realize she was creating a large number of books each year.

Which author initially disguised her gender by using her initials and eventually assumed another after moving to England?

P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins was born Helen Lyndon Goff and originally lived in Australia. Which famous author and

illustrator has a children’s picture book art museum named after him?

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is located in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Which author’s first book for children was about cockroaches?

Joanna Cole, author of the Magic School Bus series.

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