To celebrate International Left-Handers Day tomorrow, August 13, we’ve created a list of books by famous left-handed authors, biographies of famous left-handers, and a few fiction titles that have left-handed characters.
Did you know?
- Only about 12% of the population is left-handed.
- Left handers are called southpaws.
- Left handers use the right side of the brain more; this side is known for creativity and imagination as well as music and art
Many authors, artists, and musicians were (or are) left-handed. A few well-known southpaw authors include:
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Hans Christian Andersen
The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
Biographies of Left-Handers
The list of famous left-handers is long and includes presidents, sports figures, actors, and many others. Here are a few well-known lefties:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Who Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
By Patricia Brennan Demuth; illustrated by Jake Murray
By Tamra B. Orr
Bill Gates: Microsoft Founder and Philanthropist
By Marylou Morano Kjelle
By Gare Thompson; illustrated by Nancy Harrison
Books don’t always mention whether the character is right-handed or left-handed, but here are two that do:
The Case of the Left-Handed Lady
By Nancy Springer
This mystery features a left-handed lady.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
By A Akira Himekawa kira Himekawa
The main character, Link, is left-handed in this graphic novel.
There are many more books by and about left-handers. Be sure to add any of the ones you know and love in the comments below.