Living 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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703 231
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
871 238
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
771 240
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Harry Potter series

4
331 147
A. A. Milne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Winnie the Pooh series

5
426 182
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Chronicles of Narnia

6
338 140
E. B. White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web

7
336 126
Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Tale of Peter Rabbit

8
317 139
Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Alice in Wonderland

9
252 104
Eric Carle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

10
233 117
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
211 78
L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Wizard of Oz

12
182 109
Laura Ingalls Wilder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
My Little House series

13
191 106
Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Ramona Quimby book series

14
119 25
Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
sofiasebbata added The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Red Pyramid

15
193 73
Enid Blyton is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
160 95
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
178 95
Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Where the Wild Things Are

18
159 83
Frances Hodgson Burnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Secret Garden

19
103 57
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
104 32
J. M. Barrie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
gmpman added Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, As You Like It

21
113 61
Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
A Wrinkle in Time

22
132 81
Stan and Jan Berenstain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Berenstain bear book series

23
116 52
Chris Van Allsburg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Polar Express

24
145 75
Lucy Maud Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Anne of Green Gables

25
103 61
Lois Lowry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
The Giver