Saturday, July 12, 2008

Favorite Children's Authors

Here is a list of my favorite children's authors, in no particular order. These authors primarily hit the 9-12 age range. I think I'll compile another list for Young Adult (YA) that's for 10-14 and perhaps one that is for grades 9-12.
I know some people have a beef against such labeling, because a good book should not be so easily contained. And if you really think about it, most novels are coming-of-age stories and hence are YA novels. Historically, most protagonists from the 19-20th century classics are in their late teens and twenties. Here are a list of authors, though, who primarily have protagonists between the ages 9-12 and differ from YA and adult novels in that there is relatively little romance between the principal characters.
The 9-12 range (grades 4-6) is also a really big range because you're reading ability expands at a phenomenal pace.

Diana Wynne Jones (Chrestomanci)
Elizabeth George Speare (The Bronze Bow, Sign of the Beaver)
Andrew Clements (Frindle, Things not Seen)
Eloise Jarvis McGraw (The Moorchild, Moccasin Trail, and The Golden Goblet)
Louis Sachar (Wayside School series, he'll will be showing up in my YA list, too)
Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl series)
E. B. White (Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan, Charlotte's Web)
Betty MacDonald (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Series)
Noel Streatfeild (Shoes series<-- Of When Harry Met Sally fame!)
Donna Jo Napoli (she's written a ton of books)
Cornelia Funke (Inkheart, The Thief Lord)
Jerry Spinelli (Stargirl, Maniac Magee)
Lois Lowry

1 comment:

The Goth Bunny said...

I can't believe I forgot Beverly Cleary and Roald Dahl.