Profile of the Day: Hans Christian Andersen
What was your favorite children’s book growing up? Today is International Children’s Book Day, which celebrates the birthday of the world’s favorite fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen. Born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark, Andersen was an only child. Although his family did not have much money, Andersen was well educated and attended boarding schools for the privileged, which fueled speculation that he was an illegitimate member of the Danish royal family. These rumors were never substantiated.
A prolific writer, Andersen wrote many plays, travelogues, novels and poems. However, he is best remembered for his fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages. Some of his most famous include The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Are you a fan of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories? Celebrate this International Children’s Book Day by exploring his family tree on Geni. Perhaps you can discover how you’re connected to the famous author!