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Happy birthday to… your favorite author! Here, you’ll find a list of all the most renowned author birthdays from past to present, and you’ll have fun basking in your digital or real-life bookish celebrations of these literary legends. Grab a slice of cake and take notes.

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Author Birthdays

Here, I relied on Wikipedia to source and double-check these dates, and I hand-selected the most famous authors, both dead and living, whom I thought you would be most likely to celebrate, whether you’re a teacher, librarian, content creator, or book lover.

January

  • 1: J.D. Salinger
  • 3: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • 18: A.A. Milne
  • 19: Edgar Allan Poe
  • 25: Virginia Woolf
  • 27: Lewis Carroll
  • 27: J.D. Salinger
  • 29: Oprah Winfrey

February

  • 2: James Joyce
  • 7: Charles Dickens
  • 12: Judy Blume
  • 18: Toni Morrison
  • 26: Victor Hugo
  • 27: John Steinbeck

March

  • 2: Dr. Seuss
  • 6: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • 26: Robert Frost

April

  • 4: Maya Angelou
  • 23: William Shakespeare
  • 28: Harper Lee

May

  • 22: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 28: Ian Fleming

June

  • 12: Anne Frank
  • 25: Anthony Bourdain
  • 25: George Orwell
  • 27: Helen Keller

July

  • 21: Ernest Hemingway
  • 27: Beatrix Potter
  • 31: J.K. Rowling

August

  • 22: Ray Bradbury
  • 28: Leo Tolstoy

September

  • 13: Roald Dahl
  • 15: Agatha Christie
  • 21: Stephen King
  • 24: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • 25: William Faulkner
  • 26: T.S. Eliot
  • 30: Truman Capote

October

  • 8: R.L. Stine
  • 16: Oscar Wilde
  • 17: Arthur Miller
  • 27: Sylvia Plath

November

  • 11: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • 29: Louisa May Alcott
  • 29: C.S. Lewis
  • 30: Mark Twain
  • 30: L.M. Montgomery

December

  • 10: Emily Dickinson
  • 11: Colleen Hoover
  • 16: Jane Austen

Conclusion

This list of author birthdays made it quick and easy for you to plan on celebrating your favorite literary legends (and perhaps even share a special day with one of them.) Sharing these special days helps spread the power of reading, so cut a slice of cake and dig in!

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  1. Hopefully you will not forget the classic American author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday on February 7, 1867. For years as a children’s school librarian I featured monthly “birthday books” by so many authors, introducing students to the wonderful world of reading stories from real people.