are links to some of our (and hopefully your) favorite authors!
- As a
child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours
reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet
of rainy days, when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful
picture books. Now, I try to recreate that feeling of believing that
the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work
helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places
might be real."
Fox is considered Australia's most popular children's author. She
was born Merrion Frances Partridge in 1946. She was born in Melbourne,
Australia but grew up in Zimbabwe where her parents were missionaries.
She attended the mission school there. Her mother was also a writer.
Jacques is the author of the very popular Redwall series of books.
Brian Jacques (pronounced "jakes") was born in Liverpool,
England on June 15th, 1939. Along with forty percent of the population
of Liverpool, his ancestral roots are in Ireland, County Cork to be
exact. He grew up in the area around the Liverpool docks. His interest
in adventure stories began at an early age with reading the books
of authors like Daniel Defoe, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, Arthur Conan
Doyle, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
his first day at St. John's, at the age of ten, he had an experience
that marked his potential as a writer. When given an assignment
of writing a story about animals, he wrote about the bird that cleaned
a crocodile's teeth. The teacher could not, and would not believe
that a ten year old could write that well. When young Brian refused
to falsely say that he had copied the story, he was caned as "a
liar". He had always loved to write, but it was only then that
he realized that he had a talent for writing.
Palatini is the author of many outrageously humorous books for children,
including Moosetache, Mooseltoe, and Bad Boys,
illustrated by Henry Cole; Piggie Pie! and Zoom Broom,
illustrated by Howard Fine; Bedhead, illustrated by Jack E.
Davis; and The Perfect Pet, illustrated by Bruce Whatley. She
lives with her family in New Jersey.
Polacco is a writer who also illustrates her own books. She has written
about lots of things -- from families -- to Russian folk tales --
to the American Civil War -- to cats -- to learning to read.
Pilkey is the author of such well known stories as The Dumb Bunnies,
and a number of sequels, including The Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo,
The Adventures of Captain Underpants and its many sequels,
including Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incrediblly
Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space, The Silly Gooses,
and Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot. Learn about how Dav gets his
wacky ideas by visiting his web site.
- J. K.
Rowling is the now-world-famous author of Harry Potter and the
Sorcerer's Stone and the other books in that series about a young
boy who discovers shortly after his eleventh birthday that he's actually
a wizard, and who then begins the first of seven years at Hogwarts
School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Find out about how Rowling grew
up, where she got the ideas for her Harry Potter books, and more on
Snicket is the author of the tremendously popular "Series Of
Unfortunate Events" books which started with The Bad Beginning,
and now includes lots and lots of sequels.
Snicket indicates that, while he can't imagine why anyone would
want to read the dreadful events recounted in the story of the Baudelaire
sibling's lives, the story will probably take thirteen volumes to
complete. Thus, readers have several more awful volumes to look