The featured author for February is Jerry Spinelli, who was born February 1, 1941 in Norristown, PA.  As a child, Jerry wanted to be a cowboy and then a professional baseball player.  He discovered his writing ability after watching his high school football team win a game against one of the best football teams in the country.  He wrote a poem about the game, which was published in the local newspaper.

Jerry Spinelli wrote 4 novels for adults after college, but they were all rejected by publishers.  His fifth novel was also rejected as an adult novel because it was about a 13-year-old boy.  It was accepted as a children’s book, however, and Jerry became a children’s book author.

Jerry Spinelli has written more than 15 books for children.  His sixth book, Maniac Magee, was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1991.  Mr. Spinelli has also won many other awards and honors for his books.

For more information about Jerry Spinelli, or to check out one of his books, please see the “Happy Birthday” display in the LMC.