2019 Literary Landmarks

Ray Bradbury

  • Ray Bradbury Park, Waukegan, Ill. The park that Bradbury visited during his childhood Waukegan upbringing and referenced in his works Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Farewell Summer.

Peggy Parish

  • Harvin-Clarendon County Public Library, Manning, S.C. Children’s author Peggy Parish (1927-1988) was born and raised in Manning, South Carolina to a poor family. Parish was best known as the original creator of the popular Amelia Bedelia series.

Vera B. Williams

  • Vera's Story Garden, Monticello, N.Y. in honor of children’s author Vera B. Williams. Williams was awarded the Caldecott Medal and Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for A Chair for My Mother in 1983. In 2004, she was a U.S. nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition for children's book authors. A Chair for my Mother inspired the chair in Vera’s Story Garden.

Arnold Lobel

  • Schenectady County Public Library, Schenectady, N.Y. in honor of children’s author and illustrator Arnold Lobel. Lobel amassed one Caldecott Medal, 3 Caldecott Honors, and one Newbery Honor during his 26-year career as a children’s book author and illustrator. As an adult, he was ranked among the most highly decorated authors and illustrators in children’s literature, and as a boy Lobel spent many hours at the Schenectady County Public Library.

Herman Melville

  • Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass. in honor of author Herman Melville. Melville lived in Pittsfield from 1850 to 1863, his most prolific time as a writer and the place where he wrote “Moby-Dick, or The Whale” (1851), and other works. The Berkshire Athenaeum has been the home of the largest collection of Melville Family Personal Memorabilia in the world, as well as one of the largest research collections available for the pursuit of scholarly research pertaining to the life and work of Herman Melville. 

Jean Craighead George

  • Cannon Free Library, Delhi, N.Y. in honor of childen's author Jean Craighead George (1919-2012), whose Newbury medal runner-up My Side of the Mountain prominently featured Cannon Free Library and the town of Delhi. George has written over one hundred books for children and young adults, including the Newbury medal-winning Julie of the Wolves often centered on themes of nature and wildlife preservation. 

Arthenia J. Bates Millican

  • Arthenia J. Bates Millican Home, Sumter, S.C. in honor of the American poet, essayist, short-story writer and educator. Bates Millican (June 1, 1920 – December 13, 2012) was born Arthenia Jackson in Sumter, South Carolina and taught at schools in the South Carolina public school system. Her published writings include Seeds Beneath the Snow (1969), The Deity Nodded (1973), and Such Things from the Valley (1977).