There are quite a few children's authors who celebrate their birthdays in May. I was planning on doing a post on all of them, but then as I was going through the list I realized that six of them had won the Newbery Medal and four more were Newbery Honor winners! So if you would like to see a complete list of May birthdays, check out the link above, but here, instead, is a list of all of the Newbery Award winning authors who were born in May. Do you share a birthday with a famous author?

Newbery Medal Winners                     Newbery Honor Winners
Patricia MacLachlan (May 3rd)                       Mavis Jukes (May 3rd)
Eleanor Estes (May 9th)                                Zilpha Keatley Snyder (May11th)
William Pene DuBois (May 9th)                       Gary Paulsen (May 17th)
Irene Hunt (May 18th)                                  Arnold Lobel (May22nd)
Susan Cooper (May 23rd)
Scott O'Dell (May 23rd)                                

This is a great time to read a book by a new author, or rediscover one of your favorites! I particularly love Susan Cooper's books and highly recommend her series The Dark is Rising.