Knute Rockne: Young Athlete is the next installment in the Childhood of Famous Americans series.
Written by Guernsey Van Riper, Jr. and using simple language that beginning readers can understand, this lively, inspiring, and believable biography looks at the childhood of athlete and coach Knute Rockne.
Guernsey Van Riper, Jr. attended DePauw University in 1926. He earned two varsity letters as quarterback on the football team and one letter as a first baseman on the baseball team. After graduating, he worked in advertising then became an editor at Bobbs-Merrill Publishing Company. He turned his love of sports into books, writing biographies of Lou Gehrig and Knute Rockne along with ten other children’s books.