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The Best Children's Book Authors 

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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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Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches
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Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Cat in the Hat, Oh the Places You'll Go, Horton Hears a Hoo
3
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Chronicles of Narnia
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Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Harry Potter series
6
A. A. Milne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Winnie the Pooh series
7
E. B. White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web
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Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Alice in Wonderland
9
Eric Carle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
10
Shel Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Giving Tree, The Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends
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Enid Blyton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
rachelmontebello added Fifth Formers of St. Clare's, The Twins at St. Clare's, The Magic Faraway Tree
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L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Wizard of Oz
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Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
sofiasebbata added The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Red Pyramid
14
Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Where the Wild Things Are
15
J. M. Barrie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
gmpman added Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, As You Like It
16
Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Ramona Quimby book series
17
Judy Blume is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Superfudge, Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
18
Frances Hodgson Burnett ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Secret Garden
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Laura Ingalls Wilder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
My Little House series
20
Jeff Kinney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
starwarssuperfan added Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
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Julia Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Sarah Renee added The Snail and the Whale, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo
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Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
A Wrinkle in Time
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Lucy Maud Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Anne of Green Gables
24
H. A. Rey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Curious George series
25
Chris Van Allsburg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Polar Express