May 9

Birthdays: J.M. Barrie (1860), Eleanor Estes (1906), William Pene Du Bois (1916), Richard Adams (1920), Mona Van Duyn (1921), John Middleton Murry Jr. (1926), Roger Hargreaves (1935), Charles Simic (1938), Jorie Graham (1950), Joy Harjo (1951)

J.M. Barrie was the creator of Peter Pan.

Eleanor Estes won the Newbery Medal for “Ginger Pye”

William Pene Du Bois won the Newbery Award and was a two-time runner up for the Caldecott.

Mona Van Duyn was US Poet Laureate from 1992-1993.

Charles Simic won the 1990 Pulitzer in Poetry for “The World Doesn’t End”

Jorie Graham won the 1996 Pulitzer in Poetry.

Quote: “The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, one sometimes forgets which.” – J.M. Barrie

Tip: Titles of books, TV shows, and movies go in italics, but not titles of individual songs. Those go in quotes. Titles of albums go in italics.

Jumpstart: What are three things your main character has never told anyone? Why?

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