100 Greatest Children Authors

by jordanhores | created - 26 Nov 2016 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

This list is a list of the greatest children's book authors based on popularity, cultural influence, critical reception, numerous accolades and books loved by both kids and parents of all ages. No specific ranking. -Kid Show Books SesameStreet *NancyDrew *ScoobyDoo SpongebobSquarpants FairlyOddparents TheBackyardigans *KimPossible Phineas&Ferb GravityFalls SofiatheFirst WildKratts SamuraiJack DocMcStuffins SheriffCallie'sWildWest Blue'sClues William's Doll My Princess Boy AmericanGirl *TheBoxcarChildren *TheHardyBoys *TheBabySittersClub *SammyKeyes *NatetheGreat *CamJansen *JigsawJones *EncyclopediaBrown *TheCodeBustersClub

1. Alec Greven

Writer | How to Talk to Girls

Alec Greven was born in Castle Rock, Colorado, USA. He is a writer, known for How to Talk to Girls, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) and Fantastic (1973).

3. Astrid Lindgren

Writer | The Brothers Lionheart

Grew up in Småland outside Vimmerby in the south of Sweden. Her first book came out in 1944, and she made a breakthrough the following year with the stories about Pippi Longstocking. Countless stories about Pippi and other characters of Astrid's imagination and excellent story telling ability were ...

5. Arnold Lobel

Writer | Frog and Toad

Arnold Lobel was born on May 22, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Arnold Stark Lobel. He was a writer and actor, known for Frog and Toad, Jackanory (1965) and Mouse Soup (1993). He was married to Anita Lobel. He died on December 4, 1987 in New York City, New York, USA.

6. Alexis Deacon

Actor | Leads and Follows

Alexis Deacon is an actor, known for Leads and Follows (2015).

8. A.A. Milne

Writer | Christopher Robin

Friend of J.M. Barrie.


11. Allan Ahlberg

Writer | Woof!

Allan Ahlberg is a writer, known for Woof! (1989), CBeebies Bedtime Story (2004) and Happy Families (1989).

13. Anneli Jonasson

Transportation_department | The American

Ann Jonas

14. Annie Alexander

Costume_department | One Man

Annie Alexander is known for her work on One Man (1977), Adventure Day (2016) and The National Scream (1980).

15. Amy Hess

Make_up_department | Disciples


16. Adam T. Newman

Art_director | Affected

Adam T. Newman is an actor and art director, known for Affected (2011), Inside Guy (2015) and Murder Loves Company (2019).

17. A.J. Richards

Actor | The Sandman

A.J. Richards is an actor, known for The Sandman (1995).

18. Anna Quinn

Production_manager | '71


19. Alexis O'Neill

Actress | Whip It

Alexis O'Neill is an actress, known for Whip It (2009).

20. Aaron Lakoff

Sound_department | China Heavyweight


23. April Sayre

Actress | Look Who's Toxic

April Sayre is an actress, known for Look Who's Toxic (1990).

Pulley Sayre

24. Adam Gamble

Camera_department | Le Corbeau

26. Anna M. Elias

Location_management | Twelve Monkeys


27. Adam Relf

Animation_department | Barely Lethal

29. Aaron Meshin

Actor | Sabina V'Hagvarim

Aaron Meshin is an actor, known for Sabina (1966).



31. Ann M. Martin

Writer | The Baby-Sitters Club

First book was Bummer Summer published in 1983

32. Angela Johnson

Special_effects | Prospect

Angela Johnson is known for her work on Prospect (2018), The Gamers: Dorkness Rising (2008) and JourneyQuest (2010).

34. Anna Deeney

Actress | My Mother's Eyes

Anna Deeney is known for her work on My Mother's Eyes (2015), The Littlest Cthulhuist (2015) and Butterfly (2014).


35. Antoinette Porter

Actress | Dear Playtime

Antoinette Porter is an actress, known for Dear Playtime (2016) and Awkward Moments (2013).


36. Annie Barrows

Writer | The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Annie Barrows is the co-author of New York Times bestsellers "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," which premiered as Netflix Original motion picture in 2018, and the chapter book series "Ivy + Bean." Her other books for adults and young readers include "The Truth According to Us," "...

38. Arthur Ransome

Writer | Swallows and Amazons

Ransome's second wife Evgenia was the personal secretary of Leon Trotsky.

39. Alice Prosser

Actress | Zett

Alice Prosser is an actress, known for Zett and Tom Turbo (1993).


42. Adam Ruben

Producer | Darkstorm

Adam Ruben is an art director and actor, known for Darkstorm (2009), Finger Bang (2012) and Treachery (2013).

43. Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Writer | You May Want to Marry My Husband

Amy Krouse Rosenthal was born on April 29, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Amy Krouse. She was a writer, known for You May Want to Marry My Husband, Yes Day and Exclamation Mark (2014). She was married to Jason Rosenthal. She died on March 13, 2017 in Chicago.

47. bell hooks

Self | Give a Damn Again

bell hooks was born on September 9, 1952 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA as Gloria Jean Watkins. She is a writer, known for Give a Damn Again (1995), Hillbilly (2018) and Black Is... Black Ain't (1994).

48. Bernadette Peters

Actress | The Jerk

Throughout her illustrious career, Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert, and on recordings. She is one of the most critically-acclaimed Broadway performers, having received nominations for seven Tony Awards, winning two, and ...

49. Bob Dylan

Soundtrack | Renaldo and Clara

Robert Allen Zimmerman was born 24 May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota; his father Abe worked for the Standard Oil Co. Six years later the family moved to Hibbing, often the coldest place in the US, where he taught himself piano and guitar and formed several high school rock bands. In 1959 he entered the...

51. Blanche Fisher

Actress | Zaza

Blanche Fisher is an actress, known for Zaza (1915), The Crucible (1914) and Strings of Steel (1926).

Fisher Wright

52. Beverly Cleary

Writer | Ramona and Beezus

Beverly Cleary was born on April 12, 1916 in McMinnville, Oregon, USA as Beverly Atlee Bunn. She is a writer, known for Ramona and Beezus (2010), Ramona (1988) and ABC Weekend Specials (1977). She was previously married to Clarence Cleary.

53. Beatrix Potter

Writer | Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, mycologist and conservationist. She is famous for writing children's books with animal characters such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Potter was born in Kensington, London. Her family was quite rich. She was educated by governesses. She did not have ...


Schenk de Regniers

64. Bill Thompson

Special_effects | Avatar


66. Byron Burton

Writer | The Gang's All Here

Byron Burton is a screenwriter, songwriter, patent-holding inventor, public speaker, and national award winning journalist from Central Kentucky. Byron writes for The Hollywood Reporter and is represented by Zero Gravity Management.

In 2018, Byron Burton won a National Arts and Entertainment ...


68. Babette Cole

Writer | Dr Dog

Babette Cole was born on September 10, 1950 in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK. She is known for her work on Dr Dog (2007), The Book Tower (1979) and CBeebies Bedtime Story (2004). She died on January 15, 2017 in the UK.

73. Chris Van Allsburg

Writer | Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Chris Van Allsburg was born on June 18, 1949 in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), Jumanji (1995) and Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005). He has been married to Lisa Van Allsburg since 1974. They have two children.


76. Charles M. Schulz

Writer | The Peanuts Movie

Charles M. Schulz was born on November 26, 1922 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA as Charles Monroe Schulz. He was a writer and producer, known for The Peanuts Movie (2015), The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (1983) and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973). He was married to Jeannie Forsyth and Joyce ...

80. Christine Adams

Camera_department | Chronosequencia

Christine Adams is known for her work on Chronosequencia, Turbulence (2016) and The Legend of Atilla: The Musical (2011).

81. Craig Frazier

Sound_department | Imagine

83. Charles Harper

Actor | Kennedy's Children

Charles Harper is an actor, known for Kennedy's Children (1982).


86. Caroline Montfort

Make_up_department | Spieltrieb



88. Chiharu Tashiro

Animation_department | Tokyo Mew Mew


89. Carolyn Burns

Our Idiot Brother

Carolyn Burns is known for her work on Our Idiot Brother (2011), Lamaze of the Dead (2009) and Finders Keepers (1991).

Caralyn Buehner

92. Austin Lee

Actor | Baby

Austin Lee is an actor, known for Baby (2007), The Big Bang Theory (2007) and Two and a Half Men (2003).

C. Austin

93. Carin Berger

Costume_designer | Eros

Carin Berger is known for her work on Eros (2004), Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype (1980) and Sweet Justice (1992). She was previously married to Tobe Hooper.

94. Catherine Rayner

Actress | Carly's Exit

Catherine Rayner is an actress, known for Carly's Exit (2013).

96. Carol Telley

Actress | Spooky Hollow

Carol Telley is an actress, known for Spooky Hollow (2006).


Clare Turlay Newberry

98. Camilla Fortis

Actress | Krank

Camilla Fortis is an actress, known for Krank (2005).


99. Caroline Duff

Actress | Jackboots on Whitehall

Caroline Duff is an actress, known for Jackboots on Whitehall (2010).


100. Carrie Preston

Actress | Claws

Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, where her mother was an artist and art therapist while her dad was a geo-technical engineer, a young Carrie Preston discovered her true calling in life lay in performing arts. At the age of 12, she became the impresario of her own front-yard theater company as ...


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