Children’s Authors You Need to Add to Your Library

With so many options available, finding good books for kids and teens to add to their library can seem overwhelming. To help you narrow down your options, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite children’s authors.

Whether you’re looking for picture books for small children, fantasy books that will nourish your child’s imagination, or inspiring biographies they can learn from, these authors have you covered.

Shop this list to help your kids and teens build an amazing collection they’ll cherish.

1 | Andrea Davis Pinkney

Author of children’s picture books, biographies about important African American figures, and young adult novels, Andrea Davis Pinkney, has written and collaborated on a variety of projects that will fascinate and enlighten your child. 

Looking for a specific recommendation? Her book Let It Shine received the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award.

2 | Yangsook Choi

Rice is Life, Landed, Peach Heaven, and Behind the Mask are just a few notable titles from author Yangsook Choi. For decades, Choi has been writing and illustrating books for children and teens that offer a look into Korean culture.

3 | Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is the prolific author of the beloved Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The series of famous kids’ books now has 17 titles, the latest release being Diper Överlöde, and Kinney is about to release book 18. The most recent books in the series are full of the same antics and laughter that readers have come to know and love.

4 | Dav Pilkey

If your child likes illustrated books with a healthy dose of humor, Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series is one to check out. He’s written several award-winning and best-selling books. Some of his other popular series include Dog Man and Cat Kid Comic Book Club.

5 | Jewell Parker Rhodes

As both an author for adults and children, Jewell Parker Rhodes has written over a dozen novels in her career. Her books Ghost Boys and Black Brother, Black Brother, are both New York Times bestsellers. 

She is also the winner of the American Book Award, the Jane Addams Peace Association Book Award, and the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence. She is a prolific author that brings to life black voices.

Mother and daughter reading by flashlight inside of a blanket fort.

6 | Rick Riordan

One of the best children’s authors writing today, Rick Riordan, is known for his children’s fantasy books, including the popular Percy Jackson series. His recent release, The Sun and The Star: A Nico di Angelo Adventure brings readers back to the world of Percy Jackson in this stand-alone adventure, co-written by Mark Oshiro.

7 | Adam Wallace

Author Adam Wallace writes engaging children’s books with thoughtful illustrations and is best known for his series that includes the titles How to Catch a Dinosaur, How to Catch a Unicorn, and How to Catch a Mermaid. 

His whimsical approach is fun for budding readers, and you can always find one of his books from the Never Ever series to grow your child’s collection.

8 | Bill Martin, Jr.

No list of famous children’s book authors is complete without titles from Bill Martin, Jr., like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

These are all books many of us grew up reading and the perfect way to carry on the tradition of these beloved stories.

9 | Daria Peoples-Riley

Daria Peoples-Riley is a talented author and illustrator whose books are perfect for children interested in sports. Her first book, This is It, about a young dancer, was published in 2018. She’s since published I Got Next, about a young basketball player getting ready to participate in a neighborhood pickup game. 

She has also illustrated for Gloria Takes a Stand, written by Jessica M. Rinker.

10 | Grace Lin

Author Grace Lin writes beautifully illustrated books that take a closer look at nature, and she brings to life fantastical stories. A Big Mooncake for Little Star, Caldecott Honor Book and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Newbery Honor Book

11 | Arnold Lobel

Arnold Lobel is one of the great authors and illustrators of our time. He is best known for his stories about Frog and Toad. Some essential titles include: Frog and Toad are Friends, Days With Frog and Toad, and Frog and Toad All Year.

12 | Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl has written some of the most enduring children’s stories, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach. Introduce these stories to your child and take a walk down memory lane.

Roald Dahl book stacked on a table with The BFG on top.

13 | Pam Munoz Ryan

With over 30 books under her belt, Pam Munoz Ryan has proven herself as an impactful and prolific author of multicultural literature. In her most popular book, Esperanza Rising, Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs, author Pam Munoz Ryan writes from the viewpoint of a young, wealthy Mexican-American whose father is murdered.

14 | Celia C Perez

Author Celia C. Perez is a second-generation Cuban-Mexican-American, and she brings her culture to the forefront of her stories in Tumble and The First Rule of Punk. This was her debut middle-grade novel, and it was awarded the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and NPR Best Book of the Year.

15 | Jerry Craft

Your kids will feel seen with books from author Jerry Craft. He writes about the experience of going on a school trip and being the new kid at school in two of his most popular books, School Trip and New Kid. The latter is a Newbery Award Winner. He takes a look at life and the struggles students experience

16 | Connie Schofield-Morrison

Connie Schofield-Morrison writes picture books for younger children that are engaging, whimsical, and fun to read. Start with I Got the School Spirit and I Got Rhythm 

17 | Adam Rubin

For picture books with a more adventurous flair, check out Dragons Love Tacos and Those Darn Squirrels by author Adam Rubin.

18 | Graci Kim

Graci Kim is a must-watch fantasy author. She’s known for her middle-grade trilogy, Gifted Clans, including The Last Fallen Star and The Last Fallen Moon. With themes of magic and believing in yourself, these books are perfect for kids between eight and twelve years old.

19 | Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boyton is a prolific writer who’s been writing and illustrating for decades. She’s best known for small children’s books with great illustrations accompanied by easy-to-read but engaging stories with a humorous style. Some of her classics include the Belly Button Book, Opposites, and Pajama Time.

20 | Mem Fox

Author of acclaimed picture books, Mem Fox, writes books you and your baby will love. For younger children, try Time for Bed Board Book or Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes.

Find Your Child’s New Favorite Author

You might recognize some of the books we’ve mentioned as the sources of famous book quotes, while others might be new to you. One thing we’re sure of is that you’ll certainly find gems from any of these authors to add to your child’s library.

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