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Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books

This page contains articles by your About Children's Books Guide about authors and illustrators of children's books in English, as well as links to author and illustrator sites, and information about library and school visits.
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Videos About Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books
Learn about some of the award-winning authors and illustrators of children's books in these videos from About.com. Author and editor Anita Silvey hosts this series of video profiles. Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, Beverly Cleary and Roald Dahl are among those featured.

Hooray for Dr. Seuss!
Learn about the life of Dr. Seuss and how and why his popularity has endured for so many years.

10 things you should know about Anne of Green Gable and the other Anne books...
What you should know about Anne of Green Gable, the other "Anne" books, Canadian author L.M. Montgomery and the role of Prince Edward Island.

Author Spotlight: Philip Pullman
English author Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy has both won awards and been challenged. His Sally Lockhart mysteries are popular with teens. LEarn about this sometimes controversial author.

Walter Dean Myers
Walter Dean Myers is an award winning author whose books about African American teens have spanned four decades.

Spotlight on Author Jon Scieszka
Children's book author Jon Scieszka has written numerous popular children's books, both children's picture books and the Time Warp Trio chapter book series. Jon Scieszka is committed to encouraging boys to read and established the literacy initiative Guys Read. In 2008, Jon Scieszka was named the nation's first National Ambassador for Young...

Author Spotlight: Ellen Hopkins
Read this biography of Ellen Hopkins to learn more about her life and her bestselling young adult books, which include Crank, Tricks, and other teen novels in verse.

All About Dr. Seuss, His Books and More
Here are links to reviews of children's books (The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! and more), biographical information and other resources related to Dr. Seuss written and compiled by Elizabeth Kennedy, About.com Guide to Children's Books. Articles include a brief biography of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), cover...

What's the Connection Between Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss and Theo. Lesieg?
What do Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss and Theo. Lesieg have in common? What is the relationship between the three and what does it have to do with children's books. Dr. Seuss children's books include picture books and beginning readers. What about Theodor Geisel and Theo. Lesieg?

Online Beatrix Potter Resources
These online Beatrix Potter resources include articles and biographies of Beatrix Potter, Beatrix Potter illustrations, exhibitions and attractions, plus online copies of many of her books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Peter Rabbit is her best known character.

Spotlight on Author Lois Lowry
Author Lois Lowry has written more than thirty books for children and young adults. Lois Lowry received a Newbery Medal for two of her books: Number the Stars and The Giver, a young adult book. Lowry's Number the Stars is children's fiction about the Holocaust and The Giver is a thought provoking dark fantasy.

The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and...
The Journey That Saved Curious George is the fascinating story of the wartime escape from Paris of Margret Rey and H. A. Rey, the creators of Curious George. The book includes information about both the Reys and their children's books, especially those featuring Curious George the monkey.

Spotlight on British Author Jacqueline Wilson
British author Jacqueline Wilson, the 2005 Children’s Laureate, has more than 70 children’s books of fiction in print. Her children's books of fiction, which deal with such difficult subjects as mental illness, divorce, dysfunctional families, and bullying, is enormously popular, particularly with 8-15 year old girls.

Baum, L. Frank and The Wizard of Oz
Learn about the author and his desire to create a new American fairy tale in this article by your About Children's Books Guide.

Benson, Mildred Wirt
Mildred Wirt Benson, who wrote 23 of the first 25 Nancy Drew books, had a lot in common with the popular teenage detective.

Carle, Eric
This article by your Guide Liz Kennedy provides information on the author and his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as well as a link to Carle's site.

Cleary, Beverly
Learn about author Beverly Cleary whose juvenile fiction featuring such characters as Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins has delighted young readers for several generations.

Creech, Sharon
Author Sharon Creech, the 2002 Carnegie Medal winner for Ruby Holler, won The Newbery Medal in 1995 for Walk Two Moons.

Dahl, Roald
Learn about Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.

dePaola, Tomie
Learn more about Tomie dePaola, the creative author and illustrator of more than 200 books in this article by your About Children's Books Guide.

Keats, Ezra Jack
Learn about Ezra Jack Keats' picture books featuring Peter that have become classics, beginning with the Caldecott Medal winner for 1963, The Snowy Day, in this article by your About Children's Books Guide.

Lindgren, Astrid
Swedish author Astrid Lindgren gained an international reputation for her children's books, particularly those featuring the unforgettable Pippi Longstocking.

Little, Jean
Canadian author Jean Little writes children's books that have attracted an international audience.

McCloskey, Robert
Learn all about author and illustrator Robert McCloskey and some of his award-winning picture books that are set in Maine.

Peet, Bill
Author and illustrator Bill Peet had two successful careers, the first working for Walt Disney Studios and the second as the creator of more than 30 children's books,

Rylant, Cynthia
This article provides information on the life and the books of author Cynthia Rylant, a Newbery Medal winner.

Pinkney, Jerry
Picture book artist Jerry Pinkney, a Caldecott Medal winner and four-time Caldecott Honor winner, is known for his watercolor paintings. Much of Pinkney's work has tended to focus on multicultural and African American themes.

Sachar, Louis
Louis Sachar is much more than just the author of the best selling "Holes." Learn all about the talented author and his books in this article by your About Children's Books Guide.

Snicket , Lemony
Who is Lemony Snicket and what does David Handler have to do with Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, the wildly popular series of children's books for 8-12 year olds?

Wilder, Laura Ingalls: Her Life as a Pioneer Girl and Writer
Here are several excellent biographies by historian William Anderson that children (and adults) will enjoy, from your About Children's Books Guide.

Spotlight on Neal Shusterman
Refer to this author spotlight to learn more about teen book author Neal Shusterman. Learn about the young adult books by author Neal Shusterman whose has written books for both younger and older teens.

Children Love Mem Fox
Learn all about Mem Fox, the internationally published Australian children's book author and literacy consultant who has written award-winning picture books as well as a book on reading aloud to children for parents eager to raise a reader.

Laurie Halse Anderson, Young Adult Author
Here is an author profile of Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning and controversial author of books for teens.

Author James Patterson
James Patterson is the author of multiple popular teen book series - Maximum Ride, Daniel X, and Witch and Wizard. Learn more about the author and his young adult books.

Ellen Hopkins
Find out all about author Ellen Hopkins, her life, her young adult novels in verse and her views on censorship.

Sendak, Maurice
An article by your Guide, Liz Kennedy, about the author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are and his influence on children's literature.

What Impact Have Maurice Sendak's Books Had on You and Your Kids
See how readers responded to the question, What Impact Did Read about what other parents had to say about the impact of Maurice Sendak's children's books on their families and share your feelings about the impact of the books.

Ellen Hopkins on Censorship
Learn more about author Ellen Hopkins' views on censorship and read her anti-censorship manifesto adopted by Banned Books Week.

10 Facts About Laura Ingalls Wilder
Learn about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the classic Little House books.

E.B. White on Charlotte’s Web and Farm Life
E.B. White on Charlotte’s Web and Farm Life provides a series of quotations from author White's letter and essays that shed light on his classic children's book.

10 Facts About Author and Illustrator Patricia Polacco
Learn how author and illustrator Patricia Polacco's picture books have been influenced by her childhood and family experiences.

11 Facts About Beatrix Potter, the Creator of Peter Rabbit
Find out about author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, the creator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other classic books for children.

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