Women Children's Authors

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Jamie Lee Curtis
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: 'True Lies' and the 'Halloween' Series)
Jamie Lee Curtis
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Birthdate: November 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

After making her film debut in the horror film, Halloween, James Lee Curtis went on to establish herself as a scream queen, appearing in a number of horror films. Curtis is also an author, having released several children's books, including books that have made The New York Times' best-seller list. She is also a well-known philanthropist.

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J. K. Rowling
(Author of Children's Fantasy Series, 'Harry Potter')
J. K. Rowling
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Birthdate: July 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yate, England

JK Rowling’s story is that of rags-to-riches. She is the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series, which have sold more than 500 million copies and is the best-selling book series in history. She also writes crime fiction albeit under a pen name. Rowling supports many charities and has founded Lumos, an international NGO, working for children.

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Sarah Ferguson
(Author, Producer and Former Wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York)
Sarah Ferguson
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Birthdate: October 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England

Sarah Ferguson is one of the members of the British royal family. She started working with several charity organizations after marrying Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Even after her divorce, she has continued working with organizations like the American Cancer Society. In 2020, she set up her own foundation called Sarah's Trust.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder
(American Author Known for Her Children's Book Series ‘Little House on the Prairie’)
Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Birthdate: February 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pepin County, Wisconsin, United States
Died: February 10, 1957
Laura Ingalls Wilder authored the iconic Little House children’s book series, including the novel Little House on the Prairie, based on her family’s life in Wisconsin, which was later adapted for many stage and screen versions. She is also known for her autobiography, Pioneer Girl, and many posthumously published books.
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Madeleine L'Engle
(Best Known for Her Children’s Book, 'A Wrinkle in Time')
Madeleine L'Engle
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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.

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Beatrix Potter
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Birthdate: July 28, 1866
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kensington
Died: December 22, 1943
Born into an affluent English family, Beatrix Potter grew up amidst nature and developed a love for animals. She grew up to be a natural scientist, conservationist, and illustrator, and is best remembered for her children's books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which featured animals.
Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Birthdate: November 24, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cheetham, Manchester, England
Died: October 29, 1924
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Lois Lowry
(Writer)
Lois Lowry
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Birthdate: March 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Honolulu Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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Enid Blyton
(Best Selling Children's Writer of the 20th Century Known for Her Works 'Malory Towers' & 'The Famous Five')
Enid Blyton
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Birthdate: August 11, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: East Dulwich, London, England
Died: November 28, 1968
Author Enid Blyton is best remembered for her iconic children’s book series such as Famous Five, Malory Towers, and Secret Seven, majorly focusing on mystery-based plots. Her works have made her the fourth-most-translated writer. She had supported animal and paediatric charities. Her story inspired the BBC film Enid.
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Beverly Cleary
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Birthdate: April 12, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: McMinnville, Oregon, United States
Died: March 25, 2021
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Margaret Wise Brown
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Birthdate: May 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 13, 1952
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Kristi Yamaguchi
(Figure skater)
Kristi Yamaguchi
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Birthdate: July 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hayward, California, United States
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S. E. Hinton
(Writer)
S. E. Hinton
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Birthdate: July 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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Judy Blume
(Writer, novelist, children's writer)
Judy Blume
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Birthdate: February 12, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
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Astrid Lindgren
(Swedish Writer Known for Her Children's Books: ‘Pippi Longstocking’ and ‘The Six Bullerby Children’)
Astrid Lindgren
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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. 

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Liane Moriarty
(Australian Writer Known for His Novels 'Big Little Lies' and 'Nine Perfect Strangers')
Liane Moriarty
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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. 

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Keegan Connor Tracy
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Birthdate: December 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Windsor, Ontario Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Tove Jansson
(Finnish Penwoman and the Author of the Children’s Book Series 'Moomin')
Tove Jansson
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Birthdate: August 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: June 27, 2001
Finnish author Tove Jansson was the woman behind the phenomenally successful children’s books and comics on the fictional white hippo-like creatures she called Moomins. While the Moomins books have been translated into more than 50 languages, Jansson’s literary works also include several other novels and short stories.
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Rosie O'Donnell
(Comedian)
Rosie O'Donnell
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Birthdate: March 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Commack, New York, United States
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Frieda Hughes
(Painter, Poet)
Frieda Hughes
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Birthdate: April 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
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Jenny Han
(Writer)
Jenny Han
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Birthdate: September 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
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Mary Higgins Clark
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Birthdate: December 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: January 31, 2020
 23 
Colleen Hoover
(Novelist)
Colleen Hoover
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Birthdate: December 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sulphur Springs, Texas, US
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Julia Donaldson
(Writer, Playwright, Author, Children's writer)
Julia Donaldson
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Birthdate: September 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
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Louise Erdrich
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Birthdate: June 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Little Falls, Minnesota, US
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Sudha Murty
(Author)
Sudha Murty
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Birthdate: August 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shiggaon, Haveri, Karnataka, India

Known for her humility and simplicity, Indian philanthropist and author Sudha Murty had humble beginnings as a TELCO engineer. She is married to Infosys co-founder Narayan Murty and heads the Infosys Foundation. The Padma Shri winner has penned over 200 titles, such as Dollar Bahu, in both Kannada and English.

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V. E. Schwab
(Writer)
V. E. Schwab
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Birthdate: July 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: America
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Judith Kerr
(Writer and illustrator whose books sold more than 10 million copies around the world)
Judith Kerr
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Birthdate: June 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 22, 2019
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Emma Walton Hamilton
(Children's Book Author, Theatrical Director, and Actress)
Emma Walton Hamilton
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Birthdate: November 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England

Being the daughter of actor-singer Julie Andrews and set designer Tony Walton, Emma Walton Hamilton was no stranger to the entertainment world as a child. While she began her career as an actor and then moved on to stage direction, she also excelled as a children’s author, with the Dumpy series.

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Tam O'Shaughnessy
(Tennis player, Writer)
Tam O'Shaughnessy
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Birthdate: January 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Andreas, California, United States
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Callista Gingrich
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Birthdate: March 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Whitehall, Wisconsin, United States
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Selma Lagerlöf
(First Woman to Win the Nobel Prize in Literature)
Selma Lagerlöf
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Birthdate: November 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mårbacka, Värmland, Sweden
Died: March 16, 1940

Selma Lagerlöf was a Swedish teacher and author. In 1909, Lagerlöf became the first woman to receive the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1914, she became the first woman to be elected as a member by the Swedish Academy. In 1991, Selma Lagerlöf was depicted on a Swedish banknote, becoming the first woman to enjoy this honor, albiet posthumously.

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Kay Thompson
(Author)
Kay Thompson
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Birthdate: November 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: July 2, 1998
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Rainbow Rowell
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Birthdate: February 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nebraska, U.S.
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Jan Berenstain
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Birthdate: July 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 24, 2012
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Linda Ellerbee
(Journalist)
Linda Ellerbee
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Birthdate: August 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bryan, Texas, United States
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Constance Lloyd
(Children's writer)
Constance Lloyd
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Birthdate: January 2, 1858
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: April 7, 1898
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Nnedi Okorafor
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Birthdate: April 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
 39 
Rumer Godden
(Author)
Rumer Godden
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Birthdate: December 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Eastbourne, Sussex, England
Died: November 8, 1998
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Elisabetta Dami
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Birthdate: January 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
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Joanne van Os
(Memoirist, Children's writer)
Joanne van Os
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Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: Australia
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Cornelia Funke
(German Author of Children's Fiction Best Known for Her Novels: ‘The Thief Lord’ and ‘Dragon Rider’)
Cornelia Funke
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Birthdate: December 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dorsten, Germany

Named to Time 100 in 2015, Cornelia Funke is a German children’s author who soared to fame with her best-selling novels The Thief Lord and Dragon Rider before achieving international fame with her Inkheart novel series. She has previously been a social worker, a board-game designer, and an illustrator.

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Tasha Tudor
(Illustrator)
Tasha Tudor
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Birthdate: August 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 18, 2008
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Johanna Spyri
(Swiss Novelist and Children’s Story Writer Best Known for Her Book 'Heidi')
Johanna Spyri
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Birthdate: June 12, 1827
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hirzel, Switzerland
Died: July 7, 1901

Johanna Spyri made a significant contribution to children’s literature with her novel Heidi. After the death of her husband and her child, the Swiss author focused on charitable causes. A professor later claimed Heidi had been plagiarized by Spyri, though later studies proved the claim was baseless.

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Tamora Pierce
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Birthdate: December 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: South Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, US
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Maria Edgeworth
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Birthdate: January 1, 1768
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Blackbourton, England
Died: May 22, 1849
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Jacqueline Woodson
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Birthdate: February 12, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
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Katherine Paterson
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Birthdate: October 31, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Huai'an, China
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Natalie Babbitt
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Birthdate: July 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: October 31, 2016
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Penelope Lively
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Birthdate: March 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt