1. David Walliams, is an English actor, comedian, writer, and television personality. Walliams began writing children's novels in 2008. His books have been translated into 53 languages, and he has been described as "the fastest growing children's author in the UK", with a literary style compared to that of Roald Dahl. Seven of his books have been adapted into television films.
“All you can do in this life is follow your dreams. Otherwise you're just wasting your time.”
2. Raina Telgemeier (born May 26, 1977) is an American cartoonist whose works include the autobiographic webcomic Smile (A Dental Drama), as well as the follow-up Sisters and the fiction graphic novel Drama have all been on The New York Times Best Seller lists. She has also written and illustrated Ghosts. A sequel to Telgemeier's Smile and Sisters titled Guts was released in fall 2019.
“Weird...something happens when you smile at people. They smile back”
3. Michael Morpurgo, is an English book author, poet, playwright, and librettist who is known best for children's novels such as War Horse. His work is noted for its "magical storytelling",for recurring themes such as the triumph of an outsider or survival, for characters' relationships with nature, and for vivid settings such as the Cornish coast or World War I. Morpurgo became the third Children's Laureate, from 2003 to 2005.
“stories make you think and dream; books make you want to ask questions”
4. Roald Dahl (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. Dahl's short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children's books for their unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comic mood, featuring villainous adult enemies of the child characters.
“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
5. Liz Pichon is a British illustrator and children's writer. She is best known for her Tom Gates series of "satirical realist comedy fiction", which have been translated into 43 languages, and sold more than eight million copies worldwide.
"Children are so afraid of getting things wrong, but that's how you learn, by getting it wrong. I'm hopeless at spelling but that doesn't matter. Also, as far as writing goes, I do more work in editing afterwards".
6. Jeff Kinney (born on February 19th, 1971) is an American cartoonist, game designer, and children's book author, best known for writing the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series, which has 58 million copies in print. In January 1998, Kinney brought up the idea of a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley, who writes illustrated stories about his personal life. He worked on his book for almost eight years, before showing it to a publisher in New York.
“So if you want to find somebody to blame for the way i am, I guess you'd have to start with the public education system.”
― Jeff Kinney, Dog Days
7. Rachel Renée Russell is an American author of the children’s book series Dork Diaries and The Misadventures of Max Crumbly.
Dork Diaries, written in a diary format, uses doodles, drawings, and comic strips to chronicle the daily life of the main character, Nikki Maxwell, as she struggles to fit in and survive middle school.
The Misadventures of Max Crumbly is about a character, Maxwell Crumbly, who keeps a diary about his challenges in middle school.
“Dream big dreams,because little dreams have no magic.~Dork Diaries”
8. Sibéal Pounder is the author of the bestselling Witch Wars and Bad Mermaids series.Before becoming a full time author, Sibéal worked as a writer and researcher for the Financial Times, with other writing credits.
“I’m afraid it really is no legs beyond this point. Readers are advised that unless they understand Mermaid they will not be able to read any chapters after this one. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.”
9. Enid Blyton, (1897-1968), prolific and highly popular British author of stories, poems, plays, and educational books for children. She wrote on a wide range of topics including education, natural history, fantasy, mystery, and biblical narratives.
“You're trying to escape from your difficulties, and there never is any escape from difficulties, never. They have to be faced and fought.”
10. David Solomons has been writing screenplays for many years. His first novel for children, My Brother is a Superhero, won the Waterstones Children’s Prize 2016 and the British Book Industry Award’s Children’s Book of the Year 2016. My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord is the second book in the series.
“It’s good to follow your dreams, but it doesn’t always work out and then you have to know when to stop. And that’s tough.” He traced a finger lightly over the painting before hanging it once again in its place on the wall. “Dad, did you stop dreaming?” He nodded slowly. “But it was much easier for me.” “Why? What did you want to be?” He straightened the painting. “A Jedi Knight.” That”
― David Solomons, My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord