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Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, Dr. Seuss... These are the authors who have stolen the imaginations of millions of kids through their novels, poetry, and stories. This is a list of the best children's book authors, ranked by both kids and former-kids. Some of the most popular children's authors also do their own illustrations for their books, like Shel Silverstein and Eric Carle, that have their work translated into multiple languages for children to enjoy the books all over the world.

The list posses the question, "who are the best children's book authors?" and includes authors from various countries, names from the books you used to read as a child and those that may be unfamiliar.

The list can be voted on for who the best children's author may be and additions can be made to the list for those favorites that may not be on the list of the initial 45.

The best childrens books authors and novelists list also includes the titles of the works that made them famous.
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Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat, Oh the Places You'll Go, Horton Hears a Hoo

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+ - 102 22
Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Roald Dahl Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches

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+ - 73 17
A. A. Milne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
A. A. Milne Winnie the Pooh series

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+ - 71 15
E. B. White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
E. B. White Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web

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+ - 105 32
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
J. K. Rowling Harry Potter series

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+ - 65 12
Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Beverly Cleary Ramona Quimby book series

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+ - 68 15
Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Beatrix Potter The Tale of Peter Rabbit

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C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
C. S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia

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Eric Carle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Laura Ingalls Wilder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Laura Ingalls Wilder My Little House series

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Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland

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Shel Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree, The Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends

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Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are

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Stan and Jan Berenstain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Stan and Jan Berenstain Berenstain bear book series

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Judy Blume is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Judy Blume Superfudge, Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

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Margaret Wise Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Margaret Wise Brown Goodnight Moon

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+ - 46 15
Frances Hodgson Burnett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden

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+ - 48 13
L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
L. Frank Baum The Wizard of Oz

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+ - 43 10
H. A. Rey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
H. A. Rey Curious George series

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Norman Bridwell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Norman Bridwell Clifford series

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Arnold Lobel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Arnold Lobel Frog and Toad series

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Lucy Maud Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne of Green Gables

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P. D. Eastman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
P. D. Eastman Go, Dog. Go!; Are You My Mother?

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Don Freeman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Don Freeman Corduroy!, Pocket for Corduroy

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+ - 27 5
Ezra Jack Keats is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Ezra Jack Keats The Snowy Day, A Letter to Amy

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Chris Van Allsburg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Chris Van Allsburg The Polar Express

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+ - 29 7
Ludwig Bemelmans is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline series

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+ - 39 19
Lois Lowry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Lois Lowry The Giver

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+ - 23 10
Robert Munsch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Robert Munsch Love You Forever, The Paper Bag Princess, Murmel Murmel

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+ - 27 11
Jan Brett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Jan Brett The Hat, The Mitten, The Three Snow Bears

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Watty Piper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Watty Piper The Little Engine That Could

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+ - 29 13
Katherine Paterson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Katherine Paterson Bridge to Terabithia

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+ - 32 20
Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Neil Gaiman Coraline

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+ - 33 21
Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Madeleine L'Engle A Wrinkle in Time

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Ian Falconer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Ian Falconer Olivia series

36
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Louise Fitzhugh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Louise Fitzhugh Harriet the Spy

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Thornton Burgess is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Thornton Burgess Here Comes Peter Cottontail, Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie, The adventures of poor Mrs. Quack - His Mother Westwind Series and his many stories about the creatures of the Green Meadow including Old Granny Fox, Paddy the Beaver, Peter Rabbit, Grandfather Frog, the Merry Breezes, often illustrated by Harrison Cady produced ...

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Jon Scieszka is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Jon Scieszka The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Math Curse, The Stinky Cheese Man and Fairly Stupid Tales

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+ - 21 11
Kevin Henkes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Kevin Henkes Kitten's First Full Moon, Wemberly Worried

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Else Holmelund Minarik is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Else Holmelund Minarik What If?, Little Bear's Visit , Little Bear with Book

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Peggy Parish is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Peggy Parish Amelia Bedelia, Come back, Amelia Bedelia

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Diana Wynne Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Diana Wynne Jones Howl's Moving Castle, Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant

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Lynne Reid Banks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Lynne Reid Banks The Indian in the Cupboard

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Julia Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Julia Donaldson The Snail and the Whale, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo

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Walter Farley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Walter Farley The Young Black Stallion, The black stallion, The Black Stallion Returns

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Norton Juster is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Norton Juster The Phantom Tollbooth

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Sally Lloyd-Jones The Jesus Storybook Bible, The House That's Your Home, Song of the Starts

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+ - 10 13
Augusta Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Augusta Stevenson Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, Abraham Lincoln - Children's biographies of famous Americans such as Abe Lincoln, Kit Carson, and many more.

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+ - 14 15
Jane Yolen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Jane Yolen Owl Moon

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+ - 12 13
Joan Aiken is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Joan Aiken Celebrated Author of over 100 books for children and adults - The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, A Necklace of Raindrops