Author Information

Here are links to some of our (and hopefully your) favorite authors!
Jan Brett Brian Jacques Patricia Polacco Dav Pilkey J.K.Rowling Lemony Snicket
Jan Brett
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."
Mem Fox
Mem 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.
Brian Jacques
Brian 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.

On 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.

Margie Palatini
Margie 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.
Patricia Polacco
Patricia 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.
Dav Pilkey
Dav 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 her website.
Lemony Snicket
Lemony 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.

Lemony 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 forward to!

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