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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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Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 1 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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112 23
Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Roald Dahl Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches

3
78 18
A. A. Milne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
A. A. Milne Winnie the Pooh series

4
76 17
E. B. White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
E. B. White Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web

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114 35
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
J. K. Rowling Harry Potter series

6
73 16
Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Beatrix Potter The Tale of Peter Rabbit

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67 14
Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Beverly Cleary Ramona Quimby book series

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71 16
Eric Carle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar

9
90 34
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
C. S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia

10
70 19
Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland

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67 19
Shel Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree, The Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends

12
61 18
Laura Ingalls Wilder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Laura Ingalls Wilder My Little House series

13
60 16
Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are

14
53 13
Stan and Jan Berenstain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Stan and Jan Berenstain Berenstain bear book series

15
59 19
Judy Blume is listed (or ranked) 15 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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49 15
Frances Hodgson Burnett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden

17
41 10
Margaret Wise Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Margaret Wise Brown Goodnight Moon

18
49 13
L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
L. Frank Baum The Wizard of Oz

19
43 11
H. A. Rey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
H. A. Rey Curious George series

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43 11
Norman Bridwell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Norman Bridwell Clifford series

21
45 16
Lucy Maud Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne of Green Gables

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38 11
Arnold Lobel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Arnold Lobel Frog and Toad series

23
38 12
P. D. Eastman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
P. D. Eastman Go, Dog. Go!; Are You My Mother?

24
28 5
Ezra Jack Keats is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Ezra Jack Keats The Snowy Day, A Letter to Amy

25
37 12
Chris Van Allsburg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Chris Van Allsburg The Polar Express

26
30 7
Ludwig Bemelmans is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline series

27
27 5
Don Freeman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Don Freeman Corduroy!, Pocket for Corduroy

28
40 20
Lois Lowry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Lois Lowry The Giver

29
25 10
Robert Munsch is listed (or ranked) 29 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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29 11
Jan Brett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Jan Brett The Hat, The Mitten, The Three Snow Bears

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30 13
Watty Piper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Watty Piper The Little Engine That Could

32
35 21
Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Madeleine L'Engle A Wrinkle in Time

33
31 14
Katherine Paterson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Katherine Paterson Bridge to Terabithia

34
33 20
Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Neil Gaiman Coraline

35
20 6
Ian Falconer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Ian Falconer Olivia series

36
25 12
Louise Fitzhugh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Louise Fitzhugh Harriet the Spy

37
27 14
Jon Scieszka is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
19 10
Thornton Burgess is listed (or ranked) 38 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 ...

39
21 11
Kevin Henkes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Kevin Henkes Kitten's First Full Moon, Wemberly Worried

40
22 13
Peggy Parish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Peggy Parish Amelia Bedelia, Come back, Amelia Bedelia

41
17 9
Else Holmelund Minarik is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Else Holmelund Minarik What If?, Little Bear's Visit , Little Bear with Book

42
9 5
Diana Wynne Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 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

43
8 4
Julia Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 43 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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19 13
Lynne Reid Banks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Lynne Reid Banks The Indian in the Cupboard

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15 13
Walter Farley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
originalsbyterry added Walter Farley The Young Black Stallion, The black stallion, The Black Stallion Returns

46
14 14
Norton Juster is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Norton Juster The Phantom Tollbooth

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10 13
Augusta Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Knotblackhawk added Augusta Stevenson Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, Abraham Lincoln - Children's biographies of famous Americans such as Abe Lincoln, Kit Carson, and many more.

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J. M. Barrie is listed (or ranked) 48 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

49
15 16
Brian Selznick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Brian Selznick The Invention of Hugo Cabret

50
14 15
Jane Yolen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Children's Book Authors
Jane Yolen Owl Moon