Happy Birthday, E.B. White!

Join us as we celebrate E.B. White‘s birthday today! 

The author of the classic children’s books Stuart Little (1945), Charlotte’s Web (1952), and The Trumpet of the Swan (1973) was born on July 11, 1899 and died October 1, 1985.  Of those books, Charlotte’s Web is arguably the most well known, but the other two are equally fine examples of quality literature for children.

Charlotte’s Web won a Newbery Honor in 1953, and most children have either read the book or seen the feature film or animated versions.  E.B. White himself narrates the audiobook, and is absolutely charming to listen to.  The other two books have also been made into feature films.

But did you know that E.B. White was a well-known wordsmith?  He regularly contributed essays to The New Yorker magazine and revised an earlier edition of  The Elements of Style, an American English style writing guide.

Today, in honor of a literary master, go reread one of E.B. White’s classic children’s stories, or introduce your favorite mouse, pig, or swan to the next generation of readers!

More From the Web

  • Visit Charlotte’s Web online.
  • Read a short biography of E.B. White, and take a quiz.
  • Make your own Charlotte’s Web comic strip.
  • View a slideshow of some cute pigs showing correct grammar usage!
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