Was reading well past your bedtime a regular feature of your childhood? Did you always curl up with the best children’s authors? Did you read at the dinner table because you just couldn’t wait to find out what happens next? If yes, then you know that books are thrilling, comforting and entertaining — all at once!
If you’re struggling to pry your children away from the TV and iPad, these children’s authors, with their magical tales, whimsical characters and charming writing will surely do the trick. And maybe, they could help rediscover the child in you as well! From Enid Blyton to good old Roald Dahl, take a look at our compilation of 10 evergreen children’s authors. Their works are impossible to resist and make for the perfect present this Children’s Day.
Whether you’re an ardent book lover or not, there’s no denying that JK Rowling is one of the most prominent children’s authors of recent times. For her contribution to children’s literature, Rowling was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2001. While she writes under the pen name Robert Galbraith for adults, the Harry Potter series is definitely her most memorable project.
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While Harry Potter gives your children their fill of spells, flying brooms and quidditch, closer home, Ruskin Bond weaves equally magical tales. The 83-year-old Padma Bhushan awardee writes about Indian characters in charming towns, that make for more relatable reading. In fact, many of his stories are inspired by his own childhood! The Room on the Roof and The Blue Umbrella make for an excellent introduction to Bond’s writing.
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From a big friendly giant to a man with a magical chocolate factory, Roald Dahl’s writing is unique in its own way. Emotional, eccentric and wildly imaginative, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are endearing reads.
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Recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006, Sudha Murty is another excellent author. Simple language and engaging stories make her an absolute must-read children’s author. Grandma’s Bag of Stories is a great way to introduce children to her work.
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If there’s a children’s author whose work has stood the test of time,it’s Enid Blyton. Whether it is The Secret Seven, The Famous Five or Mallory Towers, Blyton’s series and the universe that she creates are just as exciting now, as they were when the books were first published.
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Dr. Seuss was a cartoonist, poet and publisher, but above all, he was a children’s author par excellence. Whether it’s The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! Or Fox In Socks, even the most reluctant readers will not be able to resist Dr. Seuss’ clever storytelling.
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If you think your children would love to read books with a generous helping of humor, it doesn’t get better than Jeff Kinney’s works. His Wimpy Kid series needs no introduction. After all, it has sold over 150 million copies worldwide!
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Where the Wild Things Are, Bumble-Ardy or Higglety, Pigglety, Pop!—no matter which Sendak title you pick for your children, they’re sure to treasure it for years to come. What sets Maurice Sendak’s work apart from his contemporaries is that he didn’t hesitate to introduce scarier themes into children’s fiction. In 2016, Barack Obama delivered a dramatic reading of Where the Wild Things Are at the White House on Easter to an audience of enthusiastic children.
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Also known as Uncle Pai, Anant Pai is one of the legendary children’s authors and creator of Amar Chitra Katha, a series that has become synonymous with Indian children’s literature. Whether it’s a retelling of the Ramayana, stories about Birbal or documenting Bhagat Singh’s life, Pai’s works do the job with flair. If you’re keen on introducing your children to mythology and Indian history, look no further.
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Conversational, simple and engrossing are words that best define Kate DiCamillo’s style of writing. While Because of Winn-Dixie remains to be one of the author’s most popular books, pick just about any title because your children are sure to enjoy the journey!
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With this list of 10 children’s authors, you can assure your children a steady supply of excellent stories for the entire year. What are you waiting for? Get shopping!