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Authors of Children's Books - A Reading List

A long time ago I found a list of authors for different kinds of children's books and found it very useful when visiting the library and looking for books to challenge my children's reading preferences, or for good read aloud books we could enjoy together. I haven't read books by all the authors on the list so I am not recommending them to your children as I don't know if all the authors are suitable for all children.

Children's Friendship Stories

  • Krista Bell
  • Judy Blume
  • Garry Disher
  • Elaine Forestal
  • Steven Herrick
  • Odo Kirsch
  • Diana Kidd
  • Martine Murry
  • Jean Ure
  • Robert Newton
  • Trevor Todd
  • Catherine Bateson
  • Beverley Cleary
  • Sharon Creech
  • Rachel Flynn
  • Oliver Hassencramp
  • Robin Klein
  • Jacqueline Wilson
  • Josie Montano
  • David Metzenthen
  • Jenny Oldfield
  • James Roy

Children's Fantasy Stories

  • Joan Aiken
  • Diana Wynne Jones
  • Lyne Reid Banks
  • Debi Gliori
  • Eoin Colfer
  • Cornelia Funke
  • Susan Cooper
  • Gary Crew
  • John Flanagan
  • Anna Fienberg
  • CS Lewis
  • Paul Stewart
  • Dave Luckett
  • JK Rowling
  • Edith Nesbit
  • Emily Rodda
  • Jenny Nimmo
  • Garth Nix
  • Ursula LeGuin

Children's Animal Stories

  • Duncan Ball
  • Colin Thiele
  • Errol Broome
  • Jenny Oldfield
  • Bonnie Bryant
  • Stephen Measday
  • Lucy Daniels
  • Dick King Smith
  • Colin Dann
  • Odo Hirsch
  • Kate DiCamillo
  • Wendy Elks

Children's Adventure Stories

  • Joan Aiken
  • Gordon Korman
  • Allan Baillie
  • Peg Kehret
  • Joy Cowley
  • Elizabeth Honey
  • Phil Cummings
  • Odo Hirsch
  • John Heffernan
  • Justin D'Ath
  • Ursula Dubosarksy
  • Anna Fienberg
  • Anthony Masters
  • Johann David Wyss
  • Geoffrey McSkimming
  • Wendy Orr
  • Richard Tulloch
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • James Roy
  • Mary Pope Osborne

Children's Humourous Stories

  • Andrew Daddo
  • JA Mawter
  • Justin D'Ath
  • Terry Denton
  • Lois Lowry
  • Colin Dowland
  • Michael Lawrence
  • Paul Jennings
  • Anne Fine
  • Morris Gleitzman
  • Moya Strong
  • Jacky French
  • Andy Griffiths
  • Carl Hiaasen
  • Jonathan Harlen
  • Jeremy Strong
  • Geoffrey McSkimming
  • Jenny Oldfield
  • Dav Pilkey
  • Natalie Jane Prior
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Louis Sacher

Children's Humourous Stories

  • Andrew Daddo
  • JA Mawter
  • Justin D'Ath
  • Terry Denton
  • Lois Lowry
  • Colin Dowland
  • Michael Lawrence
  • Paul Jennings
  • Anne Fine
  • Morris Gleitzman
  • Moya Strong
  • Jacky French
  • Andy Griffiths
  • Carl Hiaasen
  • Jonathan Harlen
  • Jeremy Strong
  • Geoffrey McSkimming
  • Jenny Oldfield
  • Dav Pilkey
  • Natalie Jane Prior
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Louis Sacher

Chilren's Sport Stories

  • Felice Arena
  • Garry Lyon
  • Maryann Ballyntyne
  • Rose Impey
  • Pat Flynn
  • Wendy Elks
  • David Bedford
  • Krista Bell
  • Raewyn Caisley
  • Meredith Coleman
  • Michael Coleman
  • JA Mawter
  • Johnny Warren
  • Eric Walters
  • Michael Panckridge
  • Michael Wagner
  • Clare Renner

Children's Ghost Stories

  • Duncan Ball
  • Robert Swindells
  • Louise Cooper
  • Lee Striker
  • Robert D San Souci
  • Bruce Corville
  • RL Stine
  • Terry Deary
  • Anthony Masters
  • Richard Harland
  • Anthony Masters
  • Catherine Jinks
  • Eva Ibbotson

Children's Classics

  • Richard Adams
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Natalie Babbitt
  • Roald Dahl
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Frances H Burnett
  • RM Ballantyne
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • JM Barrie
  • Michael Bond
  • Judy Blume
  • Frank L Baum
  • Tomie De Paola
  • Charles Dickens
  • Graham Oakley
  • Mary Norton
  • AA Milne
  • CS Lewis
  • Jack London
  • Paul Gallico
  • Leon Garfield
  • May Gibbs
  • Kenneth Grahame
  • Russell Hoban
  • Rose Impey
  • Dick King-Smith
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Norman Lindsay
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • EB White
  • Randolph Stow
  • Anna Sewell
  • Alf Proysen
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Philippa Pearce
  • Katherine Patterson
  • Ruth Park
  • Norman Lindsay

Check out this list of Classic Bedtime Stories for Children, which includes a collection of other websites with book recommendations for children.

Becca, a young reader of this site, recommends the blog page Reading at Home with Kids by Andrea Davis, for information on how to encourage younger readers.

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