Parenting 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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1
618 193
Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Cat in the Hat, Oh the Places You'll Go, Horton Hears a Hoo

2
778 216
Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches

3
689 201
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Harry Potter series

4
383 154
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Chronicles of Narnia

5
293 136
A. A. Milne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Winnie the Pooh series

6
303 130
E. B. White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web

7
301 116
Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Tale of Peter Rabbit

8
286 124
Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Alice in Wonderland

9
216 106
Shel Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Giving Tree, The Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends

10
217 97
Eric Carle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

11
191 69
L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Wizard of Oz

12
174 96
Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Ramona Quimby book series

13
165 101
Laura Ingalls Wilder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
My Little House series

14
162 61
Enid Blyton is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
92 19
Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
sofiasebbata added The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Red Pyramid

16
145 88
Judy Blume is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Superfudge, Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

17
160 88
Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Where the Wild Things Are

18
144 76
Frances Hodgson Burnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Secret Garden

19
101 51
Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
A Wrinkle in Time

20
88 49
Julia Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Sarah Renee added The Snail and the Whale, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo

21
136 65
Lucy Maud Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Anne of Green Gables

22
123 72
Stan and Jan Berenstain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Berenstain bear book series

23
87 28
J. M. Barrie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
gmpman added Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, As You Like It

24
77 38
Astrid Lindgren is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
IrineMatchavariani added Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, Pippi Longstocking -

Pippi Longstocking

25
105 48
Chris Van Allsburg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Polar Express

26
93 55
Lois Lowry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Giver

27
83 52
Margaret Wise Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Goodnight Moon

28
99 52
H. A. Rey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Curious George series

29
82 41
Arnold Lobel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Frog and Toad series

30
79 41
Norman Bridwell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Clifford series

31
81 43
P. D. Eastman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Go, Dog. Go!; Are You My Mother?

32
52 17
Mo Willems is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Clark Benson added Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation Z.E.R.O.

33
71 48
Robert Munsch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
MarkLuscombe added Love You Forever, The Paper Bag Princess, Murmel Murmel

34
68 34
Jon Scieszka is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Math Curse, The Stinky Cheese Man and Fairly Stupid Tales

35
82 61
Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Coraline

36
71 38
Ludwig Bemelmans is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Madeline series

37
73 41
Katherine Paterson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Bridge to Terabithia

38
69 38
Watty Piper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Little Engine That Could

39
58 33
Don Freeman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Corduroy!, Pocket for Corduroy

40
56 32
Ezra Jack Keats is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Snowy Day, A Letter to Amy

41
63 41
Jan Brett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Hat, The Mitten, The Three Snow Bears

42
54 40
Peggy Parish is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Amelia Bedelia, Come back, Amelia Bedelia

43
39 37
Thornton Burgess is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Knotblackhawk added 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 some of the best loved bedtime stories for children.

44
49 39
Louise Fitzhugh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Harriet the Spy

45
23 12
Bill Martin, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
NicholasMartinez added Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

46
43 35
Ian Falconer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Olivia series

47
10 3
Jeff Kinney is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
24 31
Diana Wynne Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Wycca added Howl's Moving Castle, Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant

49
41 39
Kevin Henkes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Kitten's First Full Moon, Wemberly Worried

50
9 4
Roger Lancelyn Green is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Launcelyn added King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, Tales of Ancient Egypt, The Tale of Troy -

Robin Hood, Myths of the Norsemen, Tales of the Greek Heroes, and many more. He was a friend of C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien, and a member of the Oxford Inklings literary group.