Relatable characters are the stars of Christopher Paul Curtis works. He never wants children, especially African-American children, to struggle to connect with books. That was the challenge of his childhood. This look at Curtis’s rise to award-winning author will motivate beginning readers.
The title of Lemony Snicket’s most famous collection, A Series of Unfortunate Events, is far from a fitting description of the author’s life. Snicket has been fortunate enough to sell more than 60 million copies of his books worldwide! This life story of one zany writer will amuse curious readers.
Goosebumps and giggles. R.L. Stine’s talent is in writing books that cause these reactions. He sets out to make reading a suspenseful or laughworthy experience. In this title, young readers will follow the major plot twist of Stine’s writing career, his shift from joke books to horror stories.
Humor is the language Dav Pilkey speaks to reach his readers. Just consider the names he gives his characters: Wedgie Woman, Professor Poopypants, and Super Diaper Baby! In this storyteller bio, kids will discover the life adventures of the funny man behind the popular Captain Underpants book series.
Did you know that Gordon Korman’s mom typed his first book for him? This is because Gordon became a published author before he even graduated high school! This author profile for children introduces the lifelong writer responsible for sending troublemakers Boots and Bruno to Macdonald Hall.
Back in 1992, writer Mary Pope Osborne first invited readers to follow Jack and Annie into a tree house with magical books, and readers have been time traveling with these characters ever since! In this biography, elementary students will meet a talented literary travel agent.
Nikki Grimes is a proud Coretta Scott King Award winner. She has always been intentional about focusing her novels and poetry on the experiences of African Americans just like her. Young readers will get to know a writer who cares about their ability to relate as much as their ability to read.