When we think of October, many things come to mind. Fall. Brightly colored leaves. Cooler temperatures. Football season. Homecoming games. (I read a news story about a newly crowned high school Homecoming Queen who, being a member of her school’s football team, scored the winning field goal for her team.) The World Series. Columbus Day. Yom Kippur. Succos. (Some years, this one included.)
You may have your own additional reasons for finding this colorful month special. For me, it is birthdays. One of our children (our youngest) and two of our grandchildren entered the world in October, and the icing on the (birthday) cake is that a grandson shares a birthday with our son. Very special.
Speaking of birthdays, some great children’s and young adult authors were born in October. To mention a few:
Julie Andrews Edwards, October 1
This star of stage and screen has been penning picture books and children’s novels for some forty years. Several of her popular titles include the fantasy The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, Little Bo and its two sequels, and the recent sparkly picture books, A Very Fairy Princess and The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage.
Joseph Bruchac, October 16
Versatile is a word that aptly describes the Abenaki storyteller. His repertoire includes the delightful-with-a-message picture book Turtle’s Race with Beaver, The Arrow Over the Door, a middle-grade historical novel, and the thrillingly spooky Whisper in the Dark and The Dark Pond. Interesting how libraries and librarians make cameo appearances in more than one of his novels.
Dan Gutman, October 19
While many of this author’s books have a sports theme, some of his best have nothing to do with things athletic: The Kid Who Ran for President and its sequel, The Kid Who Became President, two funny but thought-provoking novels that have been election-year hits since the original’s 1996 publication; and Race for the Sky: the Kitty Hawk Diaries of Johnny Moore, a fictional journal written by a real-life teen who witnessed the Wright brothers’ first flight.