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’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!
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!
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!
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!
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?