Children and their parents will celebrate the birthday of Maine author E.B. White at Penobscot Marine Museum Sunday, July 11 at 2 p.m. White, who lived in North Brooklin, wrote the beloved children’s classics “Charlotte’s Web,” “Stuart Little,” and “The Trumpet of the Swan.”

Activities for children will include readings from White’s books, birthday cake, a child-sized Stuart Little cutout for photos, and an opportunity to see White’s sailboat. The event is free with museum admission.

It was shortly before World War II that White began work on his first book for children, “Stuart Little,” which was published in 1945. “You will be shocked and grieved to discover that the principal character in the story has somewhat the attributes and appearance of a mouse,” he wrote to his editor, Eugene Saxton.

“Charlotte’s Web,” inspired by White’s observations of farm animals, was published in 1952. His third and final tale for young readers, “The Trumpet of the Swan,” was published in 1970. He is also known as the co-author (with William Strunk Jr.) of “The Elements of Style” and was awarded an honorary Pulitzer Prize, as well as a Presidential Medal of Freedom. White passed away in 1985, but his books continue to delight people of all ages.

Penobscot Marine Museum is Maine’s oldest maritime museum and home to the state’s largest display of historic boats and outstanding collections of marine art and artifacts, ship models and historic photography. Activities and exhibits for children and year-round adult programs make it a special place for family visits and history enthusiasts. Admission is free for Searsport residents.

Penobscot Marine Museum is on Route 1 in Searsport. More information is at or call 548-2529.