Today I’m taking part in the Book Blogger Hop, a weekly hop hosted by Billy B at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer (originally created by Jennifer at Crazy-For-Books). You can see the hop schedule here.
“Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.”
Question of the Week: Who is your favourite children’s books author and why?
(submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)
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!
I wish I had discovered Roald Dahl as a child. I read Matilda last year and loved it and I know I would have adored it as a kid. Harry Potter didn’t come out until I was in my late teens but my daughter was absolutely obsessed with them when she was in school!
It was great reading them as a child, but the beauty of them is they can still be enjoyed at any age.
Great pics. While J.K. Rowling didn’t make my list, it’s because I didn’t read Harry Potter as a child (it didn’t exist in the US until I was in like high school and already reading adult books.
Have a wonderful weekend.
I read Harry Potter all through high school, I was 18 when the last one came out. I don’t think I ever really graduated to adult books!
Great picks, the only books I have read is The Harry Potter books, but I didn’t read those books when I was a kid. I have heard great things about the books of Roald Dahl and Jacquline Wilson their books sure do looks and sounds absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and here is the link to my blog hop answer.
Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson are definitely worth checking out, even as an adult. Thanks for visiting!
Hi! Thanks for stopping by my webbie 😀
Wow, you had some favorite authors! Unfortunately I didn’t have any… I started to enjoy books after high school and I didn’t read a lot as a child (I read only books that teachers gave us as a “must read”, I know, I’m guilty!)
Sometimes the ‘required reading’ can put you off if you have to study books you don’t enjoy. I think you can enjoy children’s books at any age though. Thanks for visiting!
I love Harry Potter and Roald Dahl. Great picks!
These are fabulous picks!? I’m not familiar with Wilson, but from what you have said, I can see why you enjoyed her books. I adored the Harry Potter series. Rowling is a gifted writer! My favorite Dahl book is Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.
She was really big in the UK in the 90s but I’m not sure whether she was read much in other countries. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of my favourites too and I love the old movie (not so much the newer one).