Women Children's Authors

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 1 J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling
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Famous As: Novelist & Producer
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.

 2 Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Famous As: American writer
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.

 3 Frances Hodgson Burnett

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

 4 Lois Lowry

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

 5 Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter
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Famous As: Author
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.

 6 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.

 7 Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 30, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Clifton, Prince Edward Island
Died: April 24, 1942
Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery is best remembered for her iconic novel Anne of Green Gables and its sequels. She had also authored countless short stories, poems, and essays. Most of her novels are set in her native Prince Edward Island. She was honored with the OBE.
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 8 Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 9 Nadiya Hussain

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

Nadiya Hussain is a British TV chef, television presenter, and author. She is best known for winning the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off. Over the years Nadiya Hussain has become a household name in the UK by hosting shows like Nadiya's Family Favourites. In 2017, she was mentioned in Debrett's' 500 most influential people in the UK list.

 10 Emma Walton Hamilton

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

 11 Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 12, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: McMinnville, Oregon, United States

 12 Kristi Yamaguchi

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

 13 S. E. Hinton

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

 14 Astrid Lindgren

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. 

 15 Margaret Wise Brown

Margaret Wise Brown
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 13, 1952

 16 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. 

 17 Judy Blume

Judy Blume
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Famous As: Writer, novelist, children's writer
Birthdate: February 12, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States

 18 Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O'Donnell
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Commack, New York, United States

 19 Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rasht, Iran

Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist, illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author, and film director. Satrapi achieved international recognition in the early-2000s after releasing her critically acclaimed graphic novels. She is best known for writing and directing an animated biographical drama film titled Persepolis, which received nominations at prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globes.

 20 Jenny Han

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

 21 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

 22 Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson
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Famous As: Novelist
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.

 23 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

 24 Arlene Alda

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

 25 Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty
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Famous As: Author
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.

 26 Louise Erdrich

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

 27 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

Diana Wynne Jones was an English writer who is known for  fantasy and speculative fiction novels for children and young adults.. She began writing stories for her siblings at the age of thirteen. However, she was actually introduced to children's literature while reading out to her sons, starting to write on her own once her children started going to school, authoring more than forty books in her lifetime.

 28 Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson
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Famous As: Writer, Playwright, Author, Children's writer
Birthdate: September 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England

 29 Nandana Sen

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

Nandana Sen is an Indian actress, children's rights activist, children's author, and screenwriter. Apart from appearing in Indian films, Nandana Sen has also appeared in Italian, Canadian, and American films. She has also been playing an important role in fighting against the crisis of child trafficking. She has also written six children's books, including The Monkey Who Wanted to Fly.

 30 Jenny Slate

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

 31 Rainbow Rowell

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

 32 Tam O'Shaughnessy

Tam O'Shaughnessy
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Famous As: Tennis player, Writer
Birthdate: January 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Andreas, California, United States

 33 Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sulphur Springs, Texas, US

 34 Kay Thompson

Kay Thompson
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: July 2, 1998

 35 Callista Gingrich

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

 36 Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr
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Famous As: Writer, Illustrator, Autobiographer, Children's writer
Birthdate: June 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 22, 2019

 37 V. E. Schwab

V. E. Schwab
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: America

 38 Selma Lagerlöf

Selma Lagerlöf
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mårbacka, Sweden
Died: March 16, 1940

 39 Linda Ellerbee

Linda Ellerbee
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bryan, Texas, United States

 40 Sue Townsend

Sue Townsend
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leicester, England
Died: April 10, 2014

Best known for creating the protagonist Adrian Mole, Sue Townsend was a legendary comic writer from Britain. Apart from the Adrian Mole series, she had also penned other novels and plays. A chain-smoker as a teenager, she had her first marriage at 18 and was a mother of three by 22.

 41 Jan Berenstain

Jan Berenstain
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 24, 2012

 42 Rumer Godden

Rumer Godden
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Eastbourne, Sussex, England
Died: November 8, 1998

 43 Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

 44 Elisabetta Dami

Elisabetta Dami
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

 45 Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: South Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, US

 46 Tasha Tudor

Tasha Tudor
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: August 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 18, 2008

 47 Natalie Babbitt

Natalie Babbitt
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: October 31, 2016

 48 Maria Edgeworth

Maria Edgeworth
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 1, 1768
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Blackbourton, England
Died: May 22, 1849

 49 Eleanor Farjeon

Eleanor Farjeon
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 13, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 5, 1965

Eleanor Farjeon was an English author who wrote children's stories, poetry, biography, and satire. During her illustrious career, Farjeon received several prestigious literary awards. The Eleanor Farjeon Award is presented every year by the Children's Book Circle to honor Eleanor Farjeon's life and career.

 50 Kate Greenaway

Kate Greenaway
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Famous As: Artist and writer
Birthdate: March 17, 1846
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hoxton, London, England
Died: November 6, 1901