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10 Videos About Favorite Children's Authors and Illustrators

Profiles of Creators of Classic Children's Books


Learn more about some of your favorite authors and illustrators of children's books in these video profiles from About.com. The videos are hosted by author and editor Anita Silvey. These videos about the authors and illustrators of classic children's books each focus on the career of a different author or illustrator. There are videos about such favorite authors of children's books as Cynthia Rylant, Roald Dahl, Beverly Cleary, Astrid Lindgren and Madeleine L'Engle. Other authors and illustrators of children's books who are featured in the videos include Maurice Sendak, Dr Seuss, Jerry Pinkney and Robert McCloskey. This list is in alphabetical order. To see all 10, scroll down until you reach Dr. Seuss, the last item on the list.

1. Virginia Lee Burton Video Profile

Illustrstion from The Little House picture book by Virginia Lee Burton

Although Virginia Lee Burton's children's picture books were first published in the 1940s, a number of them have become classics and are still available. They include Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Little House and Katy and the Big Snow.  Learn about Burton's life and her books as you watch the Virginia Lee Burton video profile.

2. Beverly Cleary Video Profile

Photo of Beverly Cleary from the video about the children's book author

Children's books by Beverly Cleary have been delighting children for several generations. Learn more about the author of more than 30 books for independent readers whose popular charcters include Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby, Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins.  After you watch the Beverly Cleary video profile, if you'd like to know more, read my article Award-Winning Author Beverly Cleary and my review of Ramona's World.

3. Roald Dahl Video Profile

Photo of Roald Dahl from the video about Roald Dahl

Many of Roald Dahl's 19 children's books have become classics. Some of his most popular books include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda and The BFG. His humorous books, which might be called modern fairy tales, have not been without controversy, but have continued to delight kids between the age of 9 and 12.  Watch the Roald Dahl video profile and then, for more information, read my article The Enduring Roald Dahl.

4. Madeleine L'Engle Video Profile

Photo of the cover of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Author Madeleine L'Engle is most well-known for A Wrinkle in Time.  The book has become a classic. Who was Madeline L'Engle and what is so special about her books? L'Engle received the John Newbery Medal (What is the Newbery Medal?) in 1963 for A Wrinkle in Time. Read the book review of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, and, then, read the review of A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, an adaptation by Hope Larson of the classic science fiction and fantasy novel. Watch the Madeleine L'Engle video profile to learn about L'Engle's struggles to get A Wrinkle in Time published and what made the book so unusual for its time.

5. Astrid Lindgren Video Profile

Color photo of Astrid Lindgren author of Pippi Longstocking

Swedish author Astrid Lindgren gained worldwide recognition for her books about Pippi Longstocking.  Pippi Lonstocking is stronger than anyone, she is self-sufficient, and she answers to no one. Since Pippi is also only 9 years old, kids tend to be thrilled whie their parents may be captivated, bemused or aghast. After learning about the author from the Astrid Lindgren video profile, learn more by reading my article Astrid Lindgren: The Creator of Pippi Longstocking. See my overview of Pippi Longstocking to learn about a recent edition of the book, illustrated by Laure Child.

6. Robert McCloskey

Cover of Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Robert McCloskey received numerous awards for his children's book illustration and took great care in creating the artwork for each picture book. Watch the Robert McCloskey video profile and learn about his work on Make Way for Ducklings. Then, read my article Maine Caldecott Winners by Robert McCloskey to learn more about his Caldecott award-winning picture books set in Maine: One Morning in MaineBlueberries for Sal and Time of Wonder.

7. Jerry Pinkney Video Profile

Cover of The Lion and the Mouse from video about Jerry Pinkney

Jerry Pinkney has received numerous awards for his artistry, including the 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal for his picture book The Lion and the Mouse and numerous Coretta Scott King Book Awards honors.  When you watch the Jerry Pinkney video profile, you'll learn about the artist and writer and the impact he has had on what was, in the early 1960s, described as the "all-white world" of children's books. For more information, read my article about Artist Jerry Pinkney and His Children's Picture Books and my reviews of John Henry and The Lion and the Mouse.

8. Cynthia Rylant Video Profile

Cover art of Dog Heaven from the video about author Cynthia Rylant

Cynthia Rylant is a children's book author who has had great success in writing in a variety of formats for a wide range of age levels. Her children's books include picture books, beginning reader books, poetry and middle grade fiction.  Watch the Cynthia Ryant video profile to learn about how her childhood in Appalachia and her religious beliefs have influenced her writing. To learn more, read my article Spotlight on Award-Winning Author Cynthia Rylant.

9. Maurice Sendak Video Profile

Cover art from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak is best known for his children's picture book Where the Wild Things Are and the impact he has had on children's literature. Find out more about this fascinating artist and author by watching the Maurice Sendak video profile.  Then, read my article  The Artistry and Influence of Maurice Sendak and my review of Where the Wild Things Are.

10. Dr Seuss Video Profile

Black and white photograph of Dr Seuss - Theodor Geisel

Dr Seuss, the main pen name of the talented Theodor Geisel, is known both for his children's picture books and for being a pioneer in the development of beginning reader books.  Classic Dr Seuss picture books include: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, The LoraxHorton Hears A Who and Horton Hatches an Egg. His beginning reader books include Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat. After you watch the Dr Seuss video profile, go to my annotated index of links at All About Dr Seuss and His Books to find all of my Dr Seuss articles and reviews.

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