If your four-year old kid cannot but put down his book until he gets through the last page and still years for more tales, you are lucky. But all this luck has nothing to do with you for it is the writer whom you need to thank for churning out the tales. Theodor Geisel, or popularly known by his pen name Dr Seuss, was one of the eminent storytellers of the early 20th century who churned out classic children's tales using imaginative characters and rhyming words. What gave him an upper hand over other writers of his generation was his use of illustration to sustain the interest of young readers. Since an early age, he realised his talent for drawing art creatures and writing rhyming tales. He forayed into the medium of children's literature and soon churned out his first debut book, ˜And To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street'. The book met with 27 rejections before finally being printed by Vangaurd Press. Upon its release, readers all over America positively accepted the book which led to his penning more books. Over the years, he took up various profiles, working in the animation department during World War II, as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, screen writer for films and illustrated short story writer. It was with the release of his magnum opus, ˜The Cat in the Hat' that he became a prominent name in children's literature. His later works were as successful as ˜The Cat in the Hat' and cemented his position as an illustrator and writer of children's story.
Roald Dahl became a prominent author penning amazing and humorous stories for children, after his flourishing career in the Royal Air Force ended due to head injuries recurred in a plane crash. He is often considered as one of the greatest children's storytellers of the 20th century, with his short stories being ranked among the world's best-selling fiction books. Such is the recognition and glory of his much-acclaimed best-selling titles that they have been published in over 50 languages across the world. While his children's stories were fast-moving, his adult fiction, on the other hand, gained recognition for its sudden twists and unexpected storylines. Where imaginative plots were the highlights of adult stories, children's fiction usually consisted of word coinages, neologism and puns, like ˜Oompa Loompa', ˜Mugglewump', ˜Fleshlump eater', and Vermicious Knids'. He dedicated two of his best-loved novels “ ˜The BFG' and ˜James and the Giant Peach' to his eldest daughter, Olivia. Numerous of his publications have been made into successful films, while two of his stories ˜Matilda' and ˜Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' were adapted into musical stage plays. Even after his death, his works continue to inspire several budding authors and entertain children and adults alike around the globe.
Jeff Kinney, born as Jeffrey Patrick Kinney is an American Author, cartoonist, game designer, and producer. He is best known for authoring the ˜Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series that features many children's books like ˜Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules', ˜Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw', ˜Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel', ˜Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days', ˜Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book' and ˜Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever', to name a few. Kinney is also the creator of Poptropica, a kid-oriented website. He is the designer of many online games as well. In addition to these, he has also served as the executive producer of the feature films that are based on his ˜Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series and has even acted in them. The American children's author also owns a bookstore and cafÃ© in Massachusetts. On a personal note, Jeff Kinney is a happily married man and a father of two handsome sons.
Children's book author who wrote the popular Dork Diaries series. The series follows a diary format and chronicles the struggles of middle school student, Nikki Maxwell.
Beverly Clearly is an American author. She is one of the most famous writers of children's books. Her characters such as ˜Henry Huggins,' ˜Ribsy,' ˜Ramona,' and ˜Beezus,' were synonymous with the growing ages of children of the United States. Cleary started as a librarian in a children's library, where she helped the young ones to select books suited to them. This interaction with children helped Cleary to realize that children longed to read about characters that had lives similar to theirs. The concept of literary realism was new in the days when she started writing. Cleary found a way into the minds of children through the realistic and humorous portrayal of the life of children from middle class families. All books written by her were set in the neighborhoods of Grant Park in Oregon, where she spent her childhood. Her first characters were a boy named ˜Henry,' and his dog, ˜Ribsy.' Later, she included other characters, and diversified her books, always focusing on the day-to-day lives of ordinary children. Her books are loved by the young and old alike. Beverly Cleary won several awards and accolades for her books. She is currently leading a peaceful life in a retirement home, in Carmel Valley, California.
Dame Jacqueline Wilson is an English author who is famous for her children's book series known as the ˜Tracy Beaker' series. Born and raised in Somerset, England, she was always inclined toward literature and was an avid reader since childhood. She wrote her first short novel at the age of 9. At the age of 16, she quit school. She was not interested in any other subject except English and did not really pay attention to academics. Once out of high school, she started training to become a secretary. She bagged a job as a writer at a publishing company. Jacqueline got married at the age of 19 and started writing books soon after. For the next two decades, she wrote many books and achieved moderate success. In 1991, she released the first installment of the ˜Tracy Beaker' series, ˜The Story of Tracy Beaker.' The immense success of the first book allowed her to release three sequels. Soon, Jacqueline ended up becoming one of the most successful English authors of all time. She has been honored with several awards, and many of her works have been converted to TV series.
Children's author and poet who penned well over a hundred books. His best known works include Wouldn't You Like to Know (a volume of children's poetry) and Michael Rosen's Sad Book (an illustrated book for young children on the topics of death and grief).
Children's author and illustrator who penned the Captain Underpants series, which debuted in 1997. It was adapted into a film in 2017.
Children's author who won Newberry Awards for Number the Stars and The Giver. Known for tackling controversial subjects in her books for children, she also received the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson and Margaret Edwards awards.
Michael Morpurgo is a renowned writer of recent times who has penned award winning books like ˜War Horse', ˜The Lion Butterfly' and ˜Private Peaceful'. He grew up to become a teacher and while he narrated stories to children, realization dawn unto him and he found his true calling to become a writer. He embarked on his journey as an author of children's novels and ever since then this prolific writer has inked numerous books which were well acclaimed by readers and critics alike. He was an acquaintance of renowned poet Ted Hughes and under his guidance he pursued his career as a writer. These two writers, Hughes and Morpurgo, were the ones who came up with the idea of the ˜Children's Laureate'. Michael Morpurgo was the third British to be awarded with this honor. Morpurgo is attached to the countryside places and wants children of the city who are deprived of this greenery to experience the countryside. In order to accomplish this task, he along with his wife Clara, established the charitable organization named ˜Farms for City Children'. This charity has grown in volume since its inauguration and every year the number of children associated with it has been ascending. His books and these farms continue to enrich and amuse individuals around the world.
American author whose popular novels include Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and SuperFudge. Her books, intended for adolescent readers, address such taboo issues as menstruation, masturbation, and bullying.
Children's author whose best-known works include over forty books in the Magic Tree House series. Her award-winning Magic Tree House books have been translated into more than thirty languages.
Bestselling children's book author with 21 credits to her name by the time she was 16 years old. Her first book series, The Cupcake Club, became an award-winning off-Broadway show that was also featured in 2017's New York Music Festival. Her second series Fashion Academy also became an off-Broadway production. She is also the creator of the style empowerment website, Carrie's Chronicles.
Children's author who is best known for writing The 13th Reality series as well as the Jimmy Fincher Saga. He published the first book in a third series, The Maze Runner, in 2009 and the book was turned into a 2014 film starring <a title='Dylan O'Brien' href='/famous/dylan-obrien.htm'>Dylan O'Brien</a> and <a title='Kaya Scodelario' href='/famous/kaya-scodelario.htm'>Kaya Scodelario</a>.
American author of acclaimed children's fiction such as Because of Winn-Dixie and the Newbery Medal-winning The Tale of Despereaux. Her other works include the Mercy Watson series and Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.
C. S. Lewis was an internationally recognized literary figures, who is widely regarded as a pioneer of the children's fantasy novels. Often hailed as the ˜Father of Modern Fantasy' he was among the most versatile authors who wrote on a diverse range of topics and genres. He authored many poems, science fiction novels, literary critical books, non-fictional Christian religious books and fantasy stories. He is best known for children's fantasy novel ˜The Chronicles of Narnia', which received immense success and has also been made into one of the highest grossing movies of the 21st century. Some of his other notable works include the widely acclaimed books on Christian faith-˜The Case for Christianity', ˜Christian Behaviour', ˜Mere Christianity', ˜Miracles' and ˜The Problem of Pain'. Many of his writings on Christianity are used today all over the world by many Christian missionaries and preachers, who practice and profess the religion to millions of people. He also held prestigious positions at Oxford University and Cambridge University. His writings have been translated in more than 30 languages all over the world and have sold millions of copies.
Acclaimed children's author of the Sideways Stories from Wayside School book series. He is also known for his 1998 book, Holes, which won both the U.S. National Book Award and the Newbery Medal.
New York Times bestselling children's book writer who is best known for her award-winning books A Mango-Shaped Space, The Candymakers, and 11 Birthdays.
Author of more than sixty children's books, including the Dive series, the Swindle series, and the Monday Night Football Club series. His non-serial books include A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag, The Twinkie Squad, and No More Dead Dogs.
Children's writer and animator who won six Emmy Awards for his work on Sesame Street. He also worked for Nickelodeon and wrote the popular Pigeon series of children's books.
Canadian children's author who published his popular book, The Paper Bag Princess, in 1980. Another of his best-known works, Love You Forever, made the 2001 Publishers Weekly list of All-Time Best Selling Children's Books.
American children's author whose best-known works include the My Weird School and Baseball Card Adventures series. Some of his other popular books are the Million Dollar series and The Genius Files.
Children's writer who penned the popular Judy Moody book series. She is also known for the Stink books, a series based on the adventures of Judy Moody's little brother, Stink.
Author who is known for her work across the juvenile fiction genre. In 2014, she released the novel El Deafo, which was based upon her own personal experiences. She received a Newberry Honor Award for her work on the novel in 2015.