Children's Authors

Know about famous children’s authors who have captivated the imagination of millions of kids through their novels, poetry, and stories. This list of famous children’s authors contains names like Aesop, Astrid Lindgren, Castilla Gingrich, Charles Perrault and Dav Pikey.
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 1 J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 3, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa
Died: September 2, 1973

Considered one of the greatest authors, JRR Tolkien is popularly called the father of the modern fantasy literature. He is best known for his high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which is set in a conceived world called the Middle-Earth. Many years after his death, Tolkien continues to be one of the best-selling writers.

 2 Roald Dahl

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales
Died: November 23, 1990

British writer, Roald Dahl, is considered as one of the greatest children’s authors. He is one of the best-selling authors of all-time and had a career spanning decades. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, The Twits and Matilda are some of his classic works. He also wrote short stories and novels meant for adults.

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 3 Dr. Seuss

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 24, 1991

Dr. Seuss was an American children's author, illustrator, and political cartoonist. He is credited with writing some of the most famous children's books ever, including The Cat in the Hat. His works were translated into over 20 languages and sold more than 600 million copies by the time of his death. Many of his creations were adapted into animated cartoons.

 4 C. S. Lewis

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 29, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland
Died: November 22, 1963

C. S. Lewis was a British writer whose books have sold millions of copies worldwide after having been translated into over 30 languages. His works, such as The Chronicles of Narnia, have inspired the works of other famous authors. Lewis' work continues to attract readership and he was ranked 11th on The Times' 50 greatest British writers since 1945 list.

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 5 Karamo Brown

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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: November 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, U.S.

 6 Rosie O'Donnell

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Commack, New York, United States
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 7 John Barrowman

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

John Barrowman is a Scottish-born author, comic book writer, presenter, singer, and actor. Barrowman is also known for his charity work and activism. Over the years, he has been a strong supporter of the LGBT community and has worked with organizations like Stonewall. He also has his own skincare line named HIM.

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 8 Lewis Carroll

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Famous As: Novelist, Mathematician & Photographer
Birthdate: January 27, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Daresbury, Cheshire, England
Died: January 14, 1898
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, is remembered for his iconic children’s fiction such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. He explored the genre of literary nonsense with his poems such as Jabberwocky. He was also a photographer, a mathematician, and an inventor.
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 9 Hans Christian Andersen

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Birthdate: April 2, 1805
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
Died: August 4, 1875
Legendary Danish children’s author Hans Christian Andersen is remembered for his fairy tales, such as The Little Mermaid, The Little Match Girl, The Emperor's New Clothes, and Thumbelina, which have been appreciated by the young the old alike. Many of his tales have been adapted into films, ballets, and plays. 

 10 Dom DeLuise

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 4, 2009

 11 Nadiya Hussain

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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 12 Sir James Matthew Barrie

Sir James Matthew Barrie.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 9, 1860
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland
Died: June 19, 1937

Sir James Matthew Barrie was a Scottish playwright and novelist. He is credited and remembered for creating the famous fictional character, Peter Pan. In the 1922 New Year Honours, Barrie was made a member of the Order of Merit. Before his death, he gifted the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children with the rights of his Peter Pan works.

 13 Jenny Slate

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.

 14 Stephen Gately

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sheriff Street Upper, Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 10, 2009

 15 Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 12, 1628
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 16, 1703

Most people have grown up reading fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots. However, they aren’t probably aware that these folk tales were first collated and presented under the genre fairy tales, as Tales of Mother Goose, by 17th-century French author Charles Perrault.

 16 Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett.
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 17 Emma Walton Hamilton

Emma Walton Hamilton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 18 Aesop

Aesop.
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Famous As: Fabulist
Birthdate: 0620 BC
Birthplace: Nessebar, Bulgaria
Died: 0565 BC

 19 Orson Scott Card

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richland, Washington, United States

 20 L. Frank Baum

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 15, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chittenango, New York, United States
Died: May 6, 1919

 21 Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi Yamaguchi
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: July 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hayward, California, United States

 22 S. E. Hinton

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

 23 Astrid Lindgren

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vimmerby, Sweden
Died: January 28, 2002

Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish writer remembered for authoring children's book series and children's fantasy novels. In 1967, the Astrid Lindgren Prize was established in her honor. Lindgren was honored with the Right Livelihood Award in 1994 for her work as a children's writer. In 2017, it was revealed that Lindgren is the 18th most translated author in the world. 

 24 Harland Williams

Harland Williams
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 25 Keegan Connor Tracy

Keegan Connor Tracy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Windsor, Ontario Windsor, Ontario, Canada

 26 Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sunnyside, Washington, United States

 27 Lois Lowry

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Honolulu Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

 28 Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York,United States
Died: September 6, 2007

Madeleine L'Engle soared to fame with her Newbery Medal-winning bestselling young adult novel A Wrinkle in Time, which was made into a Disney film later. Born to a writer father and a pianist mother, L’Engle had penned her first story at age 5 and had also tried her luck in theater.

 29 Jenny Han

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

 30 Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Liane Moriarty is an Australian author best known for writing the New York Times bestseller Big Little Lies. The book was later adapted into a TV series for HBO. Prior to becoming a famous author, she worked at a legal publishing company. She has also worked as a freelance advertising copywriter.  Her siblings Jaclyn and Nicola are also authors. 

 31 Dav Pilkey

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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: March 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 32 Junot Díaz

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 31, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Junot Díaz is a Dominican-American writer who works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a creative writing professor. He is also known for his association with the quarterly political and literary magazine Boston Review, where he works as a fiction editor. In 2017, he was made an inductee of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

 33 Callista Gingrich

Callista Gingrich.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Whitehall, Wisconsin, United States

 34 George Saunders

George Saunders.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 2, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas

 35 Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: January 31, 2020

 36 James Dashner

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Austell, Georgia, United States

 37 Christian Jessen

Christian Jessen
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, UK

A qualified doctor, Christian Jessen holds a degree in sexual health and has also worked extensively on areas such as HIV. He became a household name after appearing on TV shows such as Embarrassing Bodies. The gay physician has also appeared on non-medical reality shows, such as Ready Steady Cook.

 38 Arlene Alda

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Famous As: Musician, Photographer, Writer
Birthdate: March 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, New York

 39 Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 24, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cheetham, Manchester, England
Died: October 29, 1924

 40 Nandana Sen

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

 41 Chris Van Allsburg

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

 42 Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Little Falls, Minnesota, US

 43 Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: December 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sidcup, Kent, England

 44 Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Died: March 26, 2011

 45 Mickey Spillane

Mickey Spillane
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York (state) New York, United States
Died: July 17, 2006

 46 Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shiggaon, Haveri, Karnataka, India

 47 Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wexford, Ireland

 48 Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nebraska, U.S.

 49 Michael Bond

Michael Bond
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newbury, Berkshire, England
Died: June 27, 2017

 50 Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry
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Famous As: Children's author
Birthdate: June 5, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: April 30, 1994
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