Five Great Children’s Authors
Five Great Children’s Authors
I’ve been reading Roald Dahl’s ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ with Alice this week. Seeing her face light up and her laughter over Boggis, Bunce and Bean’s misfortunes at the hands of Mr Fox makes my evening.
Our reading time got me to thinking about which children’s authors I would name if forced to list our favourite five. Of course, everyone has their own ideas but I thought I’d share mine with you here! I’m going to cover authors for a range of ages…
- Roald Dahl has got to be in my list for all the funny little nooks and crannies of his stories. I love the way you get just as much from his books as an adult as children seem to, though undoubtedly for different reasons! I love being reminded of people I know (and myself!) by all those weird and wonderful characters.
- One of my all time favourite story tellers is Richmal Crompton, the genius who wrote the ‘Just William’ stories. If you’ve never come across them, you must check them out!
A friend of mine gave me a cassette tape of Martin Jarvis reading some of these short stories about the ridiculous activities of an eleven year old ruffian and his naughty friends. The extraordinary wit that goes into each story makes them great for both child and adult alike!
- I think A.A. Milne has got to be on the list too as, to my knowledge, there’s no more loveable chap from children’s literature than good old Winnie the Pooh. Milne created some really wonderful stories about Pooh, Piglet and the whole gang.
It gives me great joy to do all the various voices for Alice and I think that the different personality traits of each character certainly teach kids something about lots of human characteristics too!
- Thinking of different personality traits has led me straight to my next children’s author who makes it into my top five! Who else but Roger Hargreaves, writer of the Mr Men and Little Miss books. The funny stories, along with the bold and colourful illustrations are perfect for little children. Can there be a better role model than Mr Good?! (I’ve been called Little Miss Chatterbox on a couple of occasions…)
- No list seems complete without J.K Rowling’s name these days, where children’s authors are concerned. I haven’t read the Harry Potter books to Alice yet but nearly all of the mums and dads I know who’ve read any of the books to their kids always give the same answer: couldn’t put it down!
I think I’ll probably have to give it a go when the time comes. I thought the films were very impressive and I hear that there is magic in the books that the big screen can’t capture!
What do you think of my suggestions? I’d love to know your opinion about the best children’s authors. So don’t hesitate to get in touch and tell me whether you and your kids are hungry caterpillar lovers or Peter Pan guys!
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