Judith Viorst

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About Judith Viorst

American author and journalist most well known for her children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Early life

She attended Rutgers University in New Jersey and graduated in 1952.

Trivia

As an adult, she began studying Freudian psychology and became a researcher with the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute after six years of study.

Family of Judith Viorst

She married political writer Milton Viorst, and they had three sons.

Close associates of Judith Viorst

Steve Carell was cast in the film adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

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Michael Rosen

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About Michael Rosen

Children’s author and poet who penned well over a hundred books. His best known works include Wouldn’t You Like to Know (a volume of children’s poetry) and Michael Rosen’s Sad Book (an illustrated book for young children on the topics of death and grief).

Early life

He earned an M.A. in Children’s Literature from the University of Reading in 1993 and went on to receive a Ph.D. from the University of North London. He published his first book of children’s poetry, Mind Your Own Business, in 1974.

Trivia

He was named the fifth Children’s Laureate of Great Britain in 2007.

Family of Michael Rosen

He had two children with his third wife, Emma-Louise Williams. He became a father to three other children over the course of his first two marriages. Sadly, his son Eddie died of meningitis at the age of eighteen.

Close associates of Michael Rosen

He succeeded Jacqueline Wilson as Children’s Laureate in 2007.

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Michael Morpurgo

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About Michael Morpurgo

English author of such children’s books as War Horse, Billy the Kid and Kensuke’s Kingdom. His other literary works include plays, poems, and libretti.

Early life

He attended King’s College, London and worked as a schoolteacher in Kent, England for a time. While he was teaching primary school, he discovered his talent for storytelling and began to pursue the writing career that would eventually earn him the honor of British Children’s Literature Laureate.

Trivia

He received a California Young Reader Medal in 2008 for his book Private Peaceful.

Family of Michael Morpurgo

His mother was actress Kippe Cammaerts, and he was the biological son of actor Tony Van Bridge, although he was raised by his stepfather, Jack Morpurgo. He married Clare Lane, the daughter of the founder of Penguin Books and he has three children named Sebastian, Rosalind and Horatio.

Close associates of Michael Morpurgo

His novel War Horse was adapted into a 2011 film directed by Steven Spielberg.

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Katherine Paterson

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About Katherine Paterson

Writer of Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved, The Master Puppeteer, and other acclaimed works of children’s literature.

Early life

Her debut work of children’s fiction, The Sign of the Chrysanthemum, appeared in the mid-1970s.

Trivia

She received numerous literary honors, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Newbery Medal, and the National Book Award.

Family of Katherine Paterson

She was born in China to American missionary parents, and she grew up speaking Chinese as her first language. She later settled in Vermont with her Presbyterian minister husband.

Close associates of Katherine Paterson

She was the 2013 recipient of the American Library Association’s prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal.

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Beverly Cleary

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About Beverly Cleary

Acclaimed children’s writer who created the popular Henry Huggins and Ramona series. Her numerous literary honors include the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.

Early life

The town where she grew up was too small for a library, so her mother arranged to have books shipped in from a nearby library. A lifelong lover of books, Cleary graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in English and later received her library science degree from the University of Washington.

Trivia

In 2000, she was named a living legend by the Library of Congress.

Family of Beverly Cleary

She was born Beverly Atlee Bunn in Oregon, and she grew up as an only child. She married Clarence Cleary in 1940, and the couple settled in Oakland, California with their two children. 

Close associates of Beverly Cleary

A 2010 film adaptation of Cleary’s popular book, Ramona and Beezus, starred Selena Gomez in the role of Beezus.

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Enid Blyton

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About Enid Blyton

Exclusively a children’s author, her books sold more than 600 million copies worldwide. She is best known for such book series as The Famous Five and The Secret Seven.

Early life

She showed a youthful talent for piano, but she gave up her interest in music to prepare for a career in teaching. After graduating from Ipswich High School, she taught for several years and simultaneously wrote stories and poems.

Trivia

She published roughly 800 children’s books over the course of her forty-year career.

Family of Enid Blyton

She and her two younger brothers were the children of Theresa and Thomas Blyton. She was married twice– to Hugh Alexander Pollock and, following their divorce, to Kenneth Waters– and she had two daughters.

Close associates of Enid Blyton

Her life was the subject of the 2009 BBC film Enid. She was portrayed in the film by actress Helena Bonham Carter.

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Seymour Simon

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About Seymour Simon

American author of children’s literature mainly known for his science books for children age ten and under.

Early life

He attended City College of New York and taught science for twenty three years.

Trivia

He founded a digital publishing company for children called StarWalk Kids Media.

Family of Seymour Simon

He married Lis Nealon, the former creative director of the educational children’s show Sesame Street.

Close associates of Seymour Simon

Brian Cleary is another author of educational books and children’s literature.

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Judy Blume

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About Judy Blume

American author whose popular novels include Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and SuperFudge. Her books, intended for adolescent readers, address such taboo issues as menstruation, masturbation, and bullying.

Early life

She started college at Boston University and later graduated from New York University’s teacher training program. She published her first work, The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo, in 1969, when her children were still in preschool.

Trivia

She is particularly known for her work Are you there God? It’s Me Margaret.

Family of Judy Blume

She married fellow New York University student John Blume on August 15, 1959, but the couple divorced in 1976. She was then married to Thomas Kitchens from 1976 to 1978. In 1987, she married her third husband, George Cooper. She has two sons, Randy and Lawrence.

Close associates of Judy Blume

In 2012, her son Lawrence directed the film version of her novel Tiger Eyes, which starred Willa Holland.

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Cece Bell

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About Cece Bell

Author who is known for her work across the juvenile fiction genre. In 2014, she released the novel El Deafo, which was based upon her own personal experiences. She received a Newberry Honor Award for her work on the novel in 2015.

Early life

She studied at the College of William & Mary, graduating with a degree in art. She then obtained a graduate degree in illustration and design from Kent State University.

Trivia

She has also illustrated a series of sock monkey books, wherein the reader is taken on various adventures of the main sock monkey protagonist. In 2003, she released her first of the series, Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood, after 3 years of work.

Family of Cece Bell

She was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia.

Close associates of Cece Bell

She lists Richard Scarry, and his Best Counting Book Ever, and Judy Blume as two of her most prominent influences.

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Ruskin Bond

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About Ruskin Bond

An Indian writer known especially for his works of children’s literature, he published the short story collection, Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra, which received the 1992 Sahitya Akademi Award. Some of his works, including The Flight of Pigeons and The Room on the Roof, were adapted into films and television series.

Early life

His first novel, The Room on the Roof, was published when he was twenty-one years old and won the 1957 John Llewellyn Rhys prize.

Trivia

His children’s novel, The Blue Umbrella, was made into an award-winning film.

Family of Ruskin Bond

His father died of malaria in 1944, at which point Bond went to live with his grandmother in Dehradun, India. For the rest of his childhood, he was raised by his mother and stepfather.

Close associates of Ruskin Bond

His historical novel, A Flight of Pigeons, was made into a 1978 film produced by Shashi Kapoor.

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