R.L. STINE is the author of more than two dozen best-selling thrillers and
mysteries for young people. Some of his books published by Scholastic are the Goosebumps
Series and Fear Street Series.
He is even the head writer of the children's TV show Eureeka's Castle seen on
Nickelodeon. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jane and twelve year old son, Matt.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's
|'I've yet to meet a 10 year old who hasn't been entranced by its witty,
complex plot and the character of the eponymous Harry.' - The Independent
1997 Smarties Book Prize 9-11 Category
Shortlisted 1998 Guardian Children's Fiction Award
Category;Winner 1998 Children's Book Award
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
|'Such a marriage of good writing, inventiveness, and sheer child-appeal
has not been since Roald Dahl, perhaps even since Tolkien, Lewis and Ransome. J.K. Rowling
has woken a whole generation to reading.' -The Times
Winner 1998 Smarties Book Prize 9-11 Category;Shortlisted 1998 Whitbread Book of the Year
Award Children's Book Category;Winner 1999 Children's Book Award; Winner 1999 Children's
Book Award: Long Novel Category
Winner 1999 Children's Book Award; Winner 1999 Children's Book Award: Long Novel
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
|'One warning. If you are going to read this to your children , make sure
you start early in the evening . There are so many surprising twists that you will not be
allowed to put the book down even if you wanted to.'- The Sunday Express
1999 Whitbread Book of the Year Award Children's Book Category
Ten Favorite Books of JK Rowling:
The Story of the Treasure Seekers - Edith Nesbit
Mansfield Park- Jane Austen
Books by Roddy Doyle
Lolita - Vladimir Nabakov
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
Cautionary Tales for Children - Hilaire Belloc
Biographies of Kennedy Family
Biographies of Mitford
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
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JUDY BLUME (1938- )
Judy Blume, a popular writer for children was
born on February 2, 1938 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She married John Blume and has a
daughter and a son. At present, Judy lives in New York City and in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In her books for children she used her childhood memories. Some of her famous books are
"Tale of a Fourth Grade Nothing", "Are you there god, it's me
Margaret" and Superfudge". Eventhough she has tried something different by
writing "Summer Sister", it has not paid off since no one expects her to write
beautifully as she does for children.
Link to her official site
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|Enid Blyton (1897-1968)
Enid Blyton was born
on August 11, 1897 in a small house in London suburb of Beckenham. Her childhood days were
not happy memories since her parents had quarrel more than often. One day, when she was of
age 13, her father left them.
She was trained as a teacher and her first stories were told to her pupils. From 1922, the
stories got published in the magazine Teacher's World.
Her first long stories for older children were Mr. Galliano's Circus and The Secret Seven
(1938). In the 1940s and 19502, her famous series such as The Naughtiest Girl (1940), The
Twins at St. Clares (1941), Five on Treasure Island (1942), The Mystery of the Burnt
Cottage (19430, First Term at Malory Towers (1946), The Secret Seven (19480, The
Rockingdown Mystery (1949) and Noddy (1950). In her life time she had written about 700
books and 10,000 stories, most of which are still in print.
Not only Enid Blyton could create a world where children can be by themselves but she
could also create them at a very fast pace. She started writing The Island Of Adventure on
a Monday morning and by Friday afternoon it was completed.
Her books are still sold in 40 different languages. Her three memorable characters Noddy,
Amelie Jane and Mary Mouse are found in T-shirts, CD-ROMs, video games etc.
Moral of most of her books are- "Right or wrong has to be learned; Happiness earned.'
Link to her official website
|Amazing Facts about Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton remains in the top
three of children's authors surpassed only by Roald Dahl and Asterisk books. In the year
1995, they touched the 8 million mark with translations in 40 languages.
She started writing The Island
Of Adventure on a Monday morning and by Friday afternoon, it was completed.
The first children's book
printed in English was a book of rhymes titled A Book in Englyssh Metre of the Great
Merchant Man called Dives Pragmaticus. It was printed by Alexander Lacy of England in
|Two daughters of Enid Blyton said
this about her-
The younger daughter Imogen Smallwood alleged on a Channel Four Secret Lives documentary
on Blyton that her mother was so busy writing about happy children in pretty, sunlit
worlds, she had no time for her own daughters.
On contrary, eldest daughter, Gillian Baverstock said- " I was very happy as a
child.", describing a mother who picked her up from school, took her on a
wonderful nature walks and gave her the delight of reading the Famous Five's adventures
straight from the typewriter.
BEATRIX POTTER (1866-1943)
Beatrix Potter was born in 1866 in Kensington
to wealthy parents Rupert and Helen potter. She was not just a writer for children but was
also a farmer, a botanist and a landscape artist. At a small age, she learnt to draw
objects. She started her professional career in 1890. Her book "The tales of a peter
rabbit " considered to be one of the best selling children's books of all time"
had been translated into 23 languages. Twenty five more tales followed Peter such as
"The Tailor of Gloucester", "Squirrel Nutkin", "Johnny Town
Mouse", "The Fairy Caravan", "The Tale of Benjamin Bunny",
"Pigling Bland", etc.
Click here for her best website
her famous book The Tale of Peter Rabbit
CREATOR OF PETER PAN ( 1860-1937)
Sir James Mathew Barrie was born in 1860 in Kirriemuir in Scotland. His father was a handloom
weaver and he was the ninth son of ten children. His mother Maigret Ogilvy expected very
much from her elder son, David. David was very athletic and handsome while James had none
of his brother's features. James was neither good in studies. He was looked after by his
older sister Jane Ann. Before David's 14th birthday he went to a skating party where he
met with an accident and died. Then James was just six years old. On his sister's
persuasion he stayed near his heartbroken mother and from then onwards his mother started
to recover form the shock as she realised she had another boy. The memories of her elder
sister Ann led him to the creation of Peter Pan's beloved Wendy.
Surprisingly James did not grow up in size as he became older. He was just 4 ft 11' when
he was 17. He did not start shaving until he was 22.
James was educated at Dumfries and Edinburgh University. To make his mother happy he had
to somehow achieve success. He thought he could do so by only writing. He started earning
small money by writing critiques of plays Edinburgh Cousant. Upon graduation, he wrote for
Nottingham shire Journal, an experience described in When a Man's single. With only £ 12
and all his things in a single trunk he left for London in a train. He had success after
writing plays. By the turn of the century he was one of London's most famous playwright.
He got married to Mary Ansell but it wasn't a successful marriage. After their first
anniversary James's mother died and was buried in the same grave that held David's body.
Barrie was very fond of children and used to amuse small children in a park by performing
tricks with Porthos, his St. Bernard. With the image of his dog he created Nana, the
nursery watch dog of Peter Pan.
In that park he met the children of Davies: 4 year old George, Jack three and baby Peter.
One summer Barrie spent with the Davies family on Black lake in South eastern England. In
the afternoon they invented games of pirates, Red Indians and fairies. The account of the
summer was made into a book called "The Boy Castaways of Black Lake Island which
became an inspiration for Peter Pan.
Peter was first performed on October 1904. It was followed by a story Peter Pan in
Kensington Gardens in 1906. The play was produced in book form in 1911. He achieved a lot
of fame but little happiness. He and his wife divorced, his friends Arthur and Sylvia
Davies died early death, George the oldest was killed in the First World War and Michael,
Barrie's favorite drowned a few years later.
In 1929, he turned over the rights of his most beloved word to London's Great Ormond
Street Hospital for sick children.
DICK KING SMITH ( 1923- )
The creator of Babe the pig was born in 1923 in a
village 5 kilometers away from where he lives at present. He lives with his wife of 55
years in a 17th century cottage. He first met his wife Mayrle England at the age of 13 on
Christmas Day in 1935. They got married in 1943.
In his life he has taken up every professions like soldier, farmer, traveling salesman and
shoe factory time-and-motion man.
He wrote his first book The Fox Busters 22 years ago. More than 90 books had been
written by him. Now at the age of 76 he continues to publish a new book every 3 or 4
His just published book including The Sheep Pig have been printed with the help of
Joanna Goldswrthy. His fame as a children author was realized with the publication of his
second book Daggie Dogfoot.
He mainly targets his readers to be around 7 to 11 years. He just published Godhanger
in 1997 for adult and The Crow Starver in 1998, July. The character "Babe the
pig" in Babe and Babe: Pig in the City which are successful movies under the
production Universal Studios was taken from his book "The Sheep Pig." Now he is
one of the popular living children's writer with about 6 million books sold in Britain
In a poll conducted by BBC of young reader's favorite writer, he was beaten by only late
Roald Dahl and the American writer R.L. Stine.
THE CREATOR OF TINTIN
The comic character of Tintin sold 175 million
copies worldwide in 31 languages. The Tintin series was written by a Belgian named Herge
who was born in 1907. Tintin at present is a 70 year old comic book hero. The animated
version of Tintin is at present rated inside Top Ten programmes in Cartoon Network.
Roald Dahl (1916-1990)
Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Glamorgan in 1916 and educated at
Repton School. But his parents were Norwegian. On the outbreak of Second World War, he
enlisted in the RAF at Nairobi. At 18, he went to work for the Shell Oil Company in
His collection of short stories are Over to You, Someone Like You, Kiss Kiss,
Twenty-Nine Kisses from R. Dahl, Switch Bitch, Ah Sweet Mystery of Life, Tales of
Unexpected, More Tales of Unexpected, My Uncle Oswald, Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and
Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories. All these short stories of his are for grown
ups. But Roald Dahl is most remembered for his stories for children. like Charlie and
the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Magic Finger, The BFG, Matilda, Esio
Trot, The Twits, Great Glass Elevator and Fantastic Mr. Fox. The Witches
was the winner of the 1083 Whitbread Award.
Roald Dahl passed away on November 1990 at the age of 74.
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CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF ALL TIME
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White
Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne
Are You There God? It's me Margaret
The Cat in the Hat, by Dr.Seuss
The Chronicles Of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
The Wind In The Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
The Witches, by Roald Dahl
The Diary Of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank
Ramona The Pest, by Beverly Cleary
Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling
The Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling Bloomsbury - Many few of the children needs to be told about Harry Potter, the
sensational wizkid therefore I will leave it to you to say some words about this
fourth Harry Potter book.
Captain Underpants and The Perilous Plot of
Professor Poopy Pants- Dow Pilkey Blue Sky/Scholastic- The
fourth book of Dow Pilkey' s Captain Underpants Books (3 million copies) is
about two school students Harry and George who hypnotize their principal into thinking
that he is a super hero called as Captain Underpants.
There is a Mouse in Roosevelt House- Jacqueline
Lundquist and Samuel Celeste- Picture book by J.
Lundquist who is the wife of the US ambassador to India and her three year old son Samuel.
It's a partly real account of an impish mouse that interrupts important meetings and
dinners at the ambassador's residence and leaves with Clinton's Air Force One for the
White House. The last bit was fantasized by her son.
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A CHILD PRODIGY
An eight year old named, Sahara Sunday Spain published her collection of poems "If
There Would Be No Light" in May. Remarkably, she got an advance fee amounting to
£66,000. There will be an introduction by Maya Angelous, the author of "I Know Why
The Caged Bird Sings".
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