Today is Avi’s birthday!
Avi, also known by his given name Edward Irving Wortis, was born in New York, New York. Did you know he has a twin sister named Emily? She was the one who gave him his well-known pen name. His family was very interested reading, writing, and art. Many members of his family are musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, and directors.
Avi always loved to read and write. He was a librarian for 25 years. Even though he has always been around books, Avi suffers from symptoms of dyslexia, a reading disorder, and dysgraphia, a writing disability. Who could’ve guessed someone who faced such challenges would be awarded the highest distinction in American literature for children, the Newbery Medal, for his book Crispin: Cross of Lead (2002)? Avi went on to write two more books in the series, Crispin at the Edge of the World (2006) and Crispin: the End of Time (2010), as well as dozens more.
What does Avi hope to give readers through his books? “I want my readers to feel, to think, sometimes to laugh. But most of all I want them to enjoy a good read.” (http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/avi)
If you haven’t read a book by Avi yet, why not try one out in celebration of his birthday?
Meet the Author: Avi
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