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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735 245
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
914 251
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
811 249
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Harry Potter series

4
353 154
A. A. Milne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Winnie the Pooh series

5
437 187
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Chronicles of Narnia

6
346 144
E. B. White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web

7
347 131
Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Tale of Peter Rabbit

8
328 142
Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Alice in Wonderland

9
266 107
Eric Carle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

10
247 121
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

11
220 82
L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Wizard of Oz

12
131 30
Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
sofiasebbata added The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Red Pyramid

13
202 76
Enid Blyton is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
188 117
Laura Ingalls Wilder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
My Little House series

15
196 110
Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Ramona Quimby book series

16
113 34
J. M. Barrie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
gmpman added Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, As You Like It

17
167 84
Frances Hodgson Burnett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Secret Garden

18
165 98
Judy Blume is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Superfudge, Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

19
182 97
Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Where the Wild Things Are

20
110 60
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
152 75
Lucy Maud Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Anne of Green Gables

22
121 53
Chris Van Allsburg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Polar Express

23
119 64
Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
A Wrinkle in Time

24
137 83
Stan and Jan Berenstain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Berenstain bear book series

25
88 48
Astrid Lindgren is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
IrineMatchavariani added Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking