Happy Birthday to You!

The Mystery Behind the Most Famous Song in the World

To each of us who has enjoyed a piece of birthday cake, the strains of "Happy Birthday to You" are as familiar to our ears as our own names. Yet how many people know the origin of the tune and its place in American history? In 1889 Patty and Mildred Hill, two Kentucky sisters, wrote the words and composed the melody of "Good Morning to All" for their kindergarten students. Initially written as a simple greeting and welcome, they later changed the words and birthday celebrations were forever altered. But it wasn't until 1935 that the sisters' song was fully copyrighted and their names duly credited. Margot Theis Raven, the author of such inspiring children's books as Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot and Let Them Play, relates the story behind one of the most famous and oft-sung songs in the world.Margot Theis Raven's award-winning books are often set against powerful historical backdrops such as America's civil rights period. Her books for Sleeping Bear Press include America's White Table and Let Them Play, which was named a 2006 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Chris Soentpiet's numerous books include My Brother Martin and Peacebound Trains and reflect his interest in people, history, and culture. He has won several prestigious awards such as the International Reading Association Children's Book of the Year. Chris lives in Flushing, New York.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level
Dewey 782.42
ATOS Reading Level 5.4
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585361694), PDF (9781627531351), Hosted ebook (9781627533607)
Copyright 2009, 2014
Number of Pages 40
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award Finalist, Runner-up, 2010

Author: Margot Theis Raven

A national award-winning author and speaker, Margot Theis Raven's long professional career includes writing in the fields of radio, television, magazines, newspapers and children's books. She has more than 1,000 published articles to her name and nine children's picture books. Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot, Margot's first book with Sleeping Bear Press, was a 2003 Children's Choice award winner from the International Reading Association. Margot's books bridge generations of readers through the belief that the worst of times can bring out the best in people and are often set against powerful backdrops such as World War II or America's Civil Rights period.

Illustrator: Chris K. Soentpiet

Chris Soentpiet (SOON-peet) is the recipient of the NCAA Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work and Parent's Magazine Best Book of the Year for Something Beautiful. His other prestigious honors include the International Reading Association Book Award, for More Than Anything Else, Molly Bannaky and Coolies, which also won the Parents' Choice Gold Award. Peacebound Trains was awarded a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. Chris' stunning realistic watercolor plays with the illumination of light. A Korean-born adoptee, Chris' multicultural background and experiences are reflected in his choices of distinct cultural and historical settings for his books. To promote the love of children's literature and the arts, Chris enjoys speaking at schools and conferences across the country.

Full-color illustrations