Most teachers would rather not count their birthdays. Students, on the other hand, usually have a count down to their big day. Use that excitement for birthdays to build interest with your author studies. You can do this by setting up a permanent literacy center celebrating authors’ birthdays. Best of all I have free printables that you can use with your center.
Take the list of authors included with this download to your school or public library. In the picture above are some of the books written by authors who celebrate their birthdays in February. As you can see, some of their books would be perfect for your Presidents Day or Valentine’s Day lessons.
The author of Clifford, Norman Bridwell, was born February 15th. Clifford goes to Washington would be a perfect addition to your Presidents’ Day unit.
Introduce your students to new authors with this activity. Jim Aylesworth, author of Old Black Fly, was born on February 21st.