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Question of the Week: Who is your favourite children’s books author and why?
This is a really difficult question as I have a lot of favourite children’s authors and can’t narrow it down to just one!
One of my favourites is, of course, J K Rowling. I love the magical world of Harry Potter
and the likeable yet flawed characters she created. She has an amazing imagination and the setting and characters really come to life in my mind. I think it’s clever how she sowed the seeds for various future plotlines and twists right from the first book when she subtly mentioned things that would be important later. Her writing is filled with heart
as well. The overall themes of friendship, love, sacrifice and standing up for what you believe in really resonate with me.
Another of my favourite children’s authors is Roald Dahl, who wrote books of the wacky, fun and fantastical variety. The heroes and heroines (like Matilda, Charlie Bucket and Sophie from the BFG) were usually downtrodden or overlooked, but Dahl showed that they were special and could do amazing things. He left a legacy of quirky, original and inspiring stories as well as some brilliantly entertaining poetry. One of my all-time favourites is Danny the Champion of the World
, in which Dahl portrays the most wonderful father-son relationship.
I was also a huge fan of Jacqueline Wilson when I was at primary school. She tackled sensitive topics like bereavement, mental illness, bullying, divorce and adoption in such an openly emotional yet also humorous way. She didn’t avoid the tough stuff because she knew kids could handle it and needed to read and talk about these issues. Her books helped me through a lot of hard times and helped me to see things from other people’s perspectives, as well as being wildly funny.
Some other children’s authors that I adored were Enid Blyton, C S Lewis, Dr Seuss, Dick King Smith and A. A Milne. All of them ignited my love of reading and made my childhood truly magical.
Before you go…
Who are your favourite children’s authors? Let me know in the comments!