Childrens Books 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
Roald Dahl 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
Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat, Oh the Places You'll Go, Horton Hears a Hoo

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Shel Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 10 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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L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
L. Frank Baum The Wizard of Oz

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Laura Ingalls Wilder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Laura Ingalls Wilder My Little House series

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Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Beverly Cleary Ramona Quimby book series

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Enid Blyton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
rachelmontebello added Enid Blyton Fifth Formers of St. Clare's, The Twins at St. Clare's, The Magic Faraway Tree

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

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Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are

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Judy Blume is listed (or ranked) 17 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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J. M. Barrie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
gmpman added J. M. Barrie Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, As You Like It

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Julia Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Sarah Renee added Julia Donaldson The Snail and the Whale, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo

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Lucy Maud Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne of Green Gables

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Stan and Jan Berenstain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Stan and Jan Berenstain Berenstain bear book series

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Astrid Lindgren is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
IrineMatchavariani added Astrid Lindgren Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, Pippi Longstocking - Pippi Longstocking

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Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Madeleine L'Engle A Wrinkle in Time

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Lois Lowry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Lois Lowry The Giver

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

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H. A. Rey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
H. A. Rey Curious George series

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

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Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
sofiasebbata added Rick Riordan The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Red Pyramid

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

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Mo Willems is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Clark Benson added Mo Willems Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation Z.E.R.O.

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Ludwig Bemelmans is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline series

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Robert Munsch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
MarkLuscombe added Robert Munsch Love You Forever, The Paper Bag Princess, Murmel Murmel

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Norman Bridwell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Norman Bridwell Clifford series

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P. D. Eastman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
P. D. Eastman Go, Dog. Go!; Are You My Mother?

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

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Watty Piper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Watty Piper The Little Engine That Could

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Ezra Jack Keats is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Ezra Jack Keats The Snowy Day, A Letter to Amy

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

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Katherine Paterson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Katherine Paterson Bridge to Terabithia

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

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Thornton Burgess is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Knotblackhawk added 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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Peggy Parish is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Peggy Parish Amelia Bedelia, Come back, Amelia Bedelia

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Ian Falconer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Ian Falconer Olivia series

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Louise Fitzhugh is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Louise Fitzhugh Harriet the Spy

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Bill Martin, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
NicholasMartinez added Bill Martin, Jr. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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Leo Lionni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Analia added Leo Lionni Inch by Inch, Frederick, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

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

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

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Walter Farley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
originalsbyterry added Walter Farley The Young Black Stallion, The black stallion, The Black Stallion Returns