Author Websites We Love

by Amy on September 19, 2010

Whenever we fall in love with a book (or a series), I like to see if the author or illustrator has a kid-friendly website. The girls love learning about an author’s childhood and playing games featuring their favorite book characters. Here are a few sites we frequent, as well as new ones we are getting ready to explore. If you have a favorite children’s book author/illustrator website, I hope you’ll share it in the comments!

Jan Brett

Jan Brett’s website is full of coloring pages, activities, how-to-draw videos and much, much more. We’re using her The Umbrella coloring pages right now to create our own mural as part of our rainforest studies. We have only explored a small portion of the resources at her website!

Laurie Keller

My girls love The Scrambled States of America – it’s one of their all-time favorite books.  Visit the School Stuff area of Laurie Keller’s website for downloads and activity ideas that go with the Scrambled States books, as well as Open Wide, Do Unto Otters and others.  A cute site!

Mo Willems

You’ll want to check out both Pigeon Presents! and GoMo.net, where you can play games, watch author videos, and print coloring pages featuring Pigeon, Elephant & Piggie, Cat the Cat, and Knuffle Bunny. Natalie loved doing the how-to-draw Pigeon activity – it inspired her to write her own Pigeon book!

Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo

This is another beloved series in our house – we have all six Mercy Watson books and they get read over and over again. This site has a few simple games, some printables, and fun reading about both the author and the illustrator (Chris Van Dusen). The girls loved the “Ten Things You May Not Know” lists about Kate and Chris.  Fun!

Mem Fox

We love many of Mem Fox’s stories, especially Possum Magic, Koala Lou, and Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge. There are some neat things for the kiddos here, especially listening to Mem read stories. This site is also a wealth of information for parents and teachers, including tips for reading-aloud and other articles on early literacy.

I’ve also bookmarked these sites for the girls and I to explore together soon:

For more great author & illustrator websites for kids, check out the list of sites at the American Library Association.

Please share – what other great author websites have you come across?

{ 13 comments }

Backyard Safari September 19, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I don’t have children myself, but I am a fan of Marghanita Hughes work with the Little Humbugs series. There are books and dolls, and they have a fancy website too! http://www.littlehumbugs.com/ I haven’t read the books but I really enjoy the “movies” section!

Amy September 20, 2010 at 6:35 pm

What a cute site – definitely worth exploring a bit. Thanks! :)

brenda September 20, 2010 at 4:45 am

We’ve recently discovered we really like Allen Say. He has an interesting real life story too. Also, Marc Brown.

brenda September 20, 2010 at 4:45 am

Oh! And Barbara Park. She is just about the funniest kid’s author I know!!!

Amy September 20, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Oh yes – Junie B. Jones author! Thanks for your suggestions – I’ll be checking out all three! :)

Keri Tate September 20, 2010 at 9:23 am

We love Robert Munsch’s site! You can even listen to him read his books, which is a real treat.

Amy September 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm

What a great site! I love that you can hear him read his stories – awesome! Here’s the link for anyone interested: http://robertmunsch.com/

P.A. September 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Thanks for this post–very very useful!!

kelly gish September 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm

just fell upon your site:) i use to teach first grade and i did an author study for each month. the first school day of the month i would read a bio of the author, show a pic of the author and show the covers of several books by that author. We would talk about the things that were the same and different among the covers ect. i would begin each morning during that month with a book by the author. I just loved the fact my first graders not only had favorite books but authors too!!! check out http://www.starfall.com for small kids not about authors sorry

Amy September 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Your author studies sound fun! We love Starfall – one of my girls fave places to play online! :)

Inna September 20, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Geronimo Stilton series: http://www.geronimostilton.com/;
http://www.seussville.com – everything Dr Seuss!

Zoe @ Playing by the book September 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Great post! I’m always surprised in this day and age when an author hasn’t got a website – so many kids (to say nothing of parents) want to go and find out more.

Raquel September 28, 2010 at 8:36 am

My kids really love http://www.skippyjonjones.com/

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