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Published on April 16th, 2014 | by Bright Kids Books


Favorite Children’s Books of renowned Authors

Ever wondered what successful authors read when they were kids? Or what their favorite children’s books are to read to their own children? Below are the kids’ books that have delighted, entertained and inspired some of the best loved and most accomplished authors.

Stephen King
American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and many of them have been adapted into feature films, television movies and comic books. King has published fifty novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books. He has also written nearly two hundred short stories. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine.

Lord of the Flies
by William Golding

Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954 – igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored on its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies is a true classic.


David Foster Wallace
American novelist, short story writer, essayist, professor of English at Illinois State University, and professor of creative writing at Pomona College. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which was cited as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005 by Time magazine. Los Angeles Times book editor David Ulin called Wallace “one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years”.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis

Four adventurous siblings – Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie – step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change… and a great sacrifice.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia – which has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over sixty years.


Joyce Carol Oates
An American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over forty novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Oats’ novels Black Water (1992), What I Lived For (1994), and Blonde (2000) were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain

First published in England in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English – characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry Huck Finn, a friend of Tom Sawyer and narrator of two other Twain novels (Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective). It is a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. Satirizing a Southern antebellum society that had ceased to exist about twenty years before the work was published. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an often scathing look at entrenched attitudes, particularly racism.


Jodi Picoult
Born and raised in Nesconset on Long Island, New York, her first story, at age 5 was The Lobster Which Misunderstood. She studied writing at Princeton University, graduating in 1987, and had two short stories published by Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she took on a series of miscellaneous jobs, from editing at a textbook publishing company to teaching eighth grade English classes. Soon after, she attended Harvard University to earn her master’s degree in education. Picoult’s novels tend to center on human emotion and complex human relationships. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003 and currently has some 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

The Paper Bag Princess
by Robert Munsch & ill. Michael Martchenko

This is the classic cool, smart, interesting princess picture book, first published in 1980. Princess Elizabeth is about to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle, burns her clothes with its fiery breath, and kidnaps Ronald. The dauntless and resourceful princess sets off to rescue Ronald. With only her courage and her brains, she finds and outwits the dragon and comes to Ronald’s rescue, only to be met with disdain at her unprincesslike appearance. It does have a happy ending, just one with a twist. Tongue-in-cheek humor and engaging illustrations – this book is made of win.


Peter Carey
An Australian novelist and screenplay writer, best known for being one of only three writers to have won the Booker Prize twice — the others being J. M. Coetzee and Hilary Mantel. Carey won his first Booker Prize in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda, and won for the second time in 2001 with True History of the Kelly Gang.

Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens

An absorbing mystery as well as a morality tale, the story of Pip, a poor village lad, and his expectations of wealth is Dickens at his most deliciously readable. The cast of characters includes kindly Joe Gargery, the loyal convict Abel Magwitch and the haunting Miss Havisham. If you have heartstrings, count on them being tugged.


Douglas Coupland
A Canadian novelist, his fiction is complemented by recognized works in design and visual art arising from his early formal training. His first novel, the 1991 international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, popularized terms such as ‘McJob’ and ‘Generation X’. He has published thirteen novels, two collections of short stories, seven non-fiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. A specific feature of Coupland’s novels is their synthesis of postmodern religion, Web 2.0 technology, human sexuality, and pop culture.

Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel
by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut’s absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut’s) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden. But don’t let the ease of reading fool you – Vonnegut’s isn’t a conventional, or simple, novel. It fashions the author’s experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut’s other works, but the book’s basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it a unique poignancy – and humor.


Annie Proulx
An American journalist and author. She has written most frequently as Annie Proulx but has also used the names E. Annie Proulx and E.A. Proulx. Her second novel, The Shipping News (1993), won both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and was adapted as a 2001 film of the same name. Her short story Brokeback Mountain was adapted as an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning major motion picture released in 2005.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain

This childhood classic relates a small-town boy’s pranks and escapades with timeless humor and wisdom. On the banks of the Mississippi, Tom Sawyer and his friends seek out adventure at every turn. In addition to his everyday stunts (searching for buried treasure, trying to impress the adored Becky Thatcher), Tom experiences a dramatic turn of events when he witnesses a murder, runs away, and eventually returns to attend his own funeral and testify in court.


Jonathan Franzen
American novelist and essayist. His 2001 novel, The Corrections, a sprawling, satirical family drama, drew widespread critical acclaim, earned Franzen a National Book Award and was a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist. Franzen also writes for The New Yorker magazine. His 1996 Harper’s essay Perchance to Dream bemoaned the state of contemporary literature while an Oprah Winfrey’s book club selection in 2001 of The Corrections led to a much publicized feud with the talk show host.

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

One of the genuine classics of twentieth-century literature, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.


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