Authors and Illustrators

Author of the month

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Lauren St John

Lauren St John is author of the award-winning Laura Marlin mysteries and the bestselling One Dollar Horse series. She’s one of the official World Book Day authors for 2014.

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Authors and Illustrators in the Scholastic Book Club

  • Allan Ahlberg

    Allan Ahlberg is one of Britain’s best-loved children’s writers and is the author of over a hundred books.

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  • Giles Andreae

    Did you know that Giles Andreae is one of the most successful children’s authors working today – and he’s the creator of the iconic Purple Ronnie character? Look out for a special Giraffes Can’t Dance activity book created for World Book Day 2013.

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  • Betty G. Birney

    Betty G. Birney is author of the much-loved World According to Humphrey books.

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  • Malorie Blackman

    The newly appointed Children’s Laureate is the awardwinning author of over 50 books, including the bestselling Noughts and Crosses sequence.

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  • Rod Campbell

    Rod Campbell is the bestselling author of children’s books like Dear Zoo which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012.

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  • Eric Carle

    Eric Carle is the acclaimed author and illustrator of many classic picture books, and is best known for the much-loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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  • Eoin Colfer

    Eoin Colfer is the author of the brilliant Artemis Fowl series.

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  • Suzanne Collins

    Suzanne Collins is the author of the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.

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  • Frank Cottrell Boyce

    Frank Cottrell Boyce is a successful British screenwriter and is now an award-winning children’s author.

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  • Roald Dahl

    Roald Dahl is probably the best loved children’s author ever, creator of iconic characters like Matilda, Willy Wonka and the BFG!

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  • Katie Davies

    Katie Davies is the award-winning author of fresh, funny animal stories like The Great Hamster Massacre.

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  • Julia Donaldson

    Julia Donaldson is one of the UK’s best loved authors, known for brilliant picture books like The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. She was also the Children’s Laureate 2011-2013.

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  • Claire Freedman

    Claire Freedman is the author of the best-selling Aliens Love Underpants books.

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  • Dan Freedman

    Dan Freedman is author of the Jamie Johnson football books, and also works at the FA, editing their website and match programmes.

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  • Martin Handford

    Martin is the author of the hugely popular Where’s Wally books, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and is as popular as ever!

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  • Sue Hendra

    Sue Hendra is the wonderfully funny, award-winning author and illustrator of picture books like Barry the Fish with Fingers.

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  • Chris Higgins

    Chris Higgins is author of lots of fantastic books for children and teenagers, including the laugh-out-loud My Funny Family series.

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  • Anthony Horowitz

    Anthony Horowitz’s awesome Alex Rider books are enjoyed by millions of readers worldwide. Readers can now discover how the story started in series prequel Russian Roulette.

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  • Eva Ibbotson

    Eva Ibbotson is the award-winning author of many books including Journey to the River Sea.

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  • Jeff Kinney

    Jeff Kinney is author of the hugely popular Wimpy Kid books.

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  • Sarah Lean

    We love Sarah Lean’s moving, magical stories of animals, families and friendship. She’ll be everywhere in 2014 as one of the official World Book Day authors.

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  • Karen McCombie

    Karen McCombie is the brilliant, best-selling author of the Ally’s World and Stella Etc. series, plus a number of titles for teenagers.

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  • Sarah McIntyre

    Illustrator and author Sarah McIntyre is the fantastic creator of comics and picture books including Superkid and You Can’t Eat a Princess.

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  • Michael Morpurgo

    Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books for children, and has won a multitude of awards as well as serving as Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005.

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  • Jill Murphy

    Jill Murphy is the author of the Worst Witch and Large Family books. Her much-loved heroine Mildred is back in The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star, and Jill is a World Book Day author for 2014.

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  • James Patterson

    James Patterson is one of the world’s bestselling authors. He started out writing adult thrillers (and still does) but began writing children’s books when son, Jack, said he couldn’t find any great page-turning books for kids his age.

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  • Liz Pichon

    Liz Pichon’s brilliant Tom Gates series has sold over 600,000 copies in the UK alone, and has picked up oodles of top awards. We love it!

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  • Dav Pilkey

    Dav Pilkey is the author of the bestselling Captain Underpants series.

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  • Philip Reeve

    Philip Reeve is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of the Mortal Engines books.

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  • Michael Rosen

    Michael Rosen is an author, poet and broadcaster, best known for classic books like We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. He was Children’s Laureate from 2007-2009

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  • Axel Scheffler

    Axel is the illustrator of The Gruffalo and many other favourite picture books.

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  • Nick Sharratt

    Nick Sharratt is one of the country’s favourite illustrators, with over 100 books to his name.

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  • Francesca Simon

    Francesca Simon is the creator of tiny terror and huge bestseller Horrid Henry!

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  • Alex T. Smith

    He’s this year’s official World Book Day illustrator and creator of brilliant, quirky picture books like Hector and the Big Bad Knight and the hilarious Claude series for early readers. We love Alex T. Smith!

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  • Jim Smith

    Barry Loser is the keelest author in the whole wide world amen. He’s so clever that he doesn’t even have to try that hard to write his books… Luckily Jim Smith is the keelest kids’ book spellchecker in the whole wide world!

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  • Mitchell Symons

    Mitchell Symons writes jaw-dropping, fact-packed books about the weird and wonderful world of trivia, and has twice won the prestigious Blue Peter award for Best Book with Facts.

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  • Kaye Umansky

    Kaye Umansky has written over 100 books for children, and is best known for the Pongwiffy series.

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  • David Walliams

    David Walliams is a comedian and writer, best known for hit sketch show Little Britain and awardwinning children’s books like Mr Stink.

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  • Holly Webb

    Holly is the best-selling author of lots of brilliant books including the Molly’s Magic, Animalmagic and Rose series.

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  • Jacqueline Wilson

    Former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson is one of the UK’s best-known living children’s authors.

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  • Henry Winkler

    Everyone knows Henry Winkler as The Fonz from TV’s Happy Days but did you know that he’s also an acclaimed children’s book author for his Hank Zipzer and Ghost Buddy series?

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