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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739 202
Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches

2
569 185
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
658 180
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Harry Potter series

4
367 141
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Chronicles of Narnia

5
281 120
A. A. Milne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Winnie the Pooh series

6
294 113
E. B. White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web

7
284 103
Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Tale of Peter Rabbit

8
273 112
Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Alice in Wonderland

9
207 91
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
210 84
Eric Carle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

11
184 59
L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Wizard of Oz

12
160 85
Laura Ingalls Wilder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
My Little House series

13
169 81
Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Ramona Quimby book series

14
153 47
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
156 74
Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Where the Wild Things Are

16
138 64
Frances Hodgson Burnett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Secret Garden

17
138 76
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
82 20
J. M. Barrie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
gmpman added Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, As You Like It

19
83 44
Julia Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Sarah Renee added The Snail and the Whale, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo

20
119 67
Stan and Jan Berenstain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Berenstain bear book series

21
130 62
Lucy Maud Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Anne of Green Gables

22
69 16
Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
sofiasebbata added The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Red Pyramid

23
73 35
Astrid Lindgren is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
IrineMatchavariani added Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, Pippi Longstocking -

Pippi Longstocking

24
93 50
Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
A Wrinkle in Time

25
88 52
Lois Lowry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Giver

26
99 47
Chris Van Allsburg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Polar Express

27
96 50
H. A. Rey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Curious George series

28
78 51
Margaret Wise Brown is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Goodnight Moon

29
79 39
Arnold Lobel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Frog and Toad series

30
49 15
Mo Willems is listed (or ranked) 30 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.

31
67 46
Robert Munsch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
MarkLuscombe added Love You Forever, The Paper Bag Princess, Murmel Murmel

32
76 42
P. D. Eastman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Go, Dog. Go!; Are You My Mother?

33
74 41
Norman Bridwell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Clifford series

34
65 33
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
79 59
Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Coraline

36
68 37
Ludwig Bemelmans is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Madeline series

37
66 36
Watty Piper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Little Engine That Could

38
69 39
Katherine Paterson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Bridge to Terabithia

39
55 30
Ezra Jack Keats is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Snowy Day, A Letter to Amy

40
55 31
Don Freeman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Corduroy!, Pocket for Corduroy

41
61 38
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
52 38
Peggy Parish is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Amelia Bedelia, Come back, Amelia Bedelia

43
37 35
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
46 37
Louise Fitzhugh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Harriet the Spy

45
42 33
Ian Falconer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Olivia series

46
19 11
Bill Martin, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
NicholasMartinez added Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

47
24 29
Diana Wynne Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Wycca added Howl's Moving Castle, Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant

48
41 37
Kevin Henkes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Kitten's First Full Moon, Wemberly Worried

49
17 12
Leo Lionni is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Analia added Inch by Inch, Frederick, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

50
33 42
Walter Farley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
originalsbyterry added The Young Black Stallion, The black stallion, The Black Stallion Returns