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Children’s Literature

Children’s Literature : Body of written works produced to entertain or instruct young people. The genre encompasses a wide range of works, including acknowledged classics of world literature, picture books and easy-to-read stories, and fairy tales, lullabies, fables, folk songs, and other, primarily orally transmitted, materials. It emerged as a distinct and independent form only in the second half of the 18th century and blossomed in the 19th century. In the 20th century, with the attainment of near-universal literacy in most developed nations, the diversity in children’s books came almost to rival that of adult popular literature. 1

Children’s literature covers many forms and types. They include picture books, fiction, classic titles, non-fiction, young children and adolescents, Australian-based, international, more. Many authors write specifically for this area as do illustrators. Some authors combine both roles.

We are more aware of national authors but this is becoming less so with globalisation. Children are now being exposed to a larger pool of authors/illustrators and it provides them with the opportunity to experience a wider range of views, attitudes, beliefs and cultures.

This page provides links to both Australian and international authors/illustrators of children’s literature and a listing of Australian and international awards specifically for Children’s Literature.

This page has been archived and is no longer being maintained.

The Second Page includes Reading Recommendations [including several non-fiction links], Picture Books, also general literature information including specific stories and literature for specific groups [e.g. adolescents and teens].

Authors

Australian Authors

General Sites

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Individual Australian Children’s Authors

Includes author/illustrators.

  • Baker, Jeannie
    Author, illustrator. The creator of books such as “The Hidden Forest”, “Where the Forest Meets the Sea”.
  • Bancks, Tristan
    Author of Children’s and Teen books including the “Nitboy” series and “Two Wolves”.
  • Base, Graeme
    Author of “Animalia”, “The Eleventh Hour”.
  • Bueti, Angela
    Information, advice on helping children read, author of the “Jimmy Ka-Chow” books and other series.
  • Bland, Nick
    Biography, book list, awards. You can read a brief Author Interview here. Author of “A Monster Wrote Me a Letter”, “The Runaway Hug” and “The Very Hungry Bear”
  • Fox, Mem
    Australian author of children’s stories that include “Possum Magic”, “Koala Lou”.
  • French, Jackie
    Australian author of children’s stories that include “Diary of a Wombat”, “Nanberry : Black Brother White”, “Hitler’s Daughter” and “A Waltz for Matilda”.
  • Gleitzman, Morris
    Australian author of popular books for children including “Misery Guts”, “Two Weeks with the Queen”. Now writing jointly with Paul Jennings.
  • Griffiths, Andy
    Humorous author of the “Just !” series, the “Treehouse” books and the “Schooling Around” series. Biography, YouTube videos, booklists, articles.
  • Hathorn, Libby
    Author and illustrator. Books include “The Great Big Animal Ask”, “The Grandma’s Shoes” and the “Ghostop Book” series. Biography, Book List, Awards, Golden Rules of Writing, FAQs and more.
  • Hobbs, Leigh
    Author of books such as “Old Tom”, “Mr Chicken Goes to Paris” and “Horrible Harriet”. He is also the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016-2017.
  • Jennings, Paul
    Very popular Australian children’s author of titles such as “Unreal”, “The Gizmo”, “Unbelievable”. Now writing jointly with Morris Gleitzman.
  • Klein, Robin
    Author of children’s books such as “Hating Alison Ashley”, “Penny Pollard’s Diary”.
  • Lester, Alison
    Author of books including “Are We There Yet ?”, “The Snow Pony”, “Rosie Sips Spiders” and “Yikes”. Biography, Book List, FAQs, Fun Stuff, more.
  • Marsden, John
    Mostly for teenagers. Titles include “The Ellie Chronicles”, “The Other Side of Dawn”.
  • Moloney, James
    Children and Young Adult books. Books from “A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove” to the third in a series, “Lucien”.
  • Park, Ruth
    ‘This site has been created to celebrate the life and works of author Ruth Park’. Author of books including “The Harp in The South”, “Playing Beattie Bow”.
  • Rodda, Emily
    Author of such diverse books as “Something Special”, “Deltora Quest” series.
  • Tan, Shaun
    Author and illustrator. Books include “The Arrival”, “Tales from Outer Suburbia”, “The Red Tree” and “The Rabbits”. Click on the covers in this Book Listing
    ‘to see some internal illustrations and read descriptions and production notes’.
  • Thiele, Colin
    Author of Australian books such as “Blue Fin”, “Storm Boy”. Use the links for further information.
  • Towner, Rob
    ‘Australian children’s book author Rob Towner grew up in Sydney Australia and writes stories that make kids smile’. Writer of the “Romy’s Garden Adventures” series.
  • New ! Vivas, Julie
    Author or illustrator of such classics as “Possum Magic”, “The Nativity”.
  • Wild, Margaret
    Author of books for young and old, including “Woolvs in the Sitee”, “Jinx”.

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International Authors

General Sites

Specific International Authors

Includes author/illustrators.

  • An Unofficial Enid Blyton Site
    No longer seen as politically correct, but her books were enjoyed by millions of children during the middle of the 20th century. Other sites include The Enid Blyton Society.
  • New ! Aesop for Children
    Aesop’s Fables. ‘Aesop for Children contains the text of selected fables, colour pictures, video, and interactive animations, and will be enjoyed by readers of any age’. Done by the Library of Congress in the US.
  • Alcott, Louisa May
    Find more about the author of “Little Women”, “Little Men”, other novels.
  • Blume, Judy
    “Blubber”, “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing”, “Are You There God, It’s me Margaret”, more. The New ! Judy Blume site by Scholastic also provides information and resources.
  • Carle, Eric
    Author of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “Do You Want to Be My Friend ?”, “Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too ?” and now “The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse”. Biography, blog, book listings, videos, more.
  • Carroll, Lewis
    Author of “Alice in Wonderland”, other novels for children. Check the Education Resources page for extra information.
  • Dahl, Roald
    Children’s writer much loved for stories such as “James and The Giant Peach”, “Matilda”, “The BFG” to name a few. Also try the Roald Dahl Museum [and Story Centre].
  • Updated ! Dodd, Lynley
    New Zealand Book Council. Biography, links, book listing and more. Watch a range of Hairy Maclary & Lynley Dodd videos here. Other books include “Slinky Malinki” and “Schnitzel von Krumm’s Basketwork”.
  • Gaiman, Neil
    Writer of books such as “Stardust” and “The Wolves in the Walls”. Site has a brief summary and two videos. Further information can be found at Neil Gaiman.
  • Gliori, Debi
    ‘She has written and illustrated “No Matter What, The Trouble With Dragons, Stormy Weather, The Scariest Thing of All” and, most recently “What’s the Time, Mr Wolf ?”’. A number of video presentations are available from the Debi Gliori page at Bloomsbury.
  • Guinness World Records
    Annual producers of books on world records in many areas.
  • Henkes, Kevin
    ‘Welcome to the official Kevin Henkes website ! Here you’ll find videos, teaching resources, book information, interviews, games, articles, and much more’. Author of “Olive’s Ocean”, “Grandpa and Bo” and the “Mouse” books.
  • Kipling, Rudyard
    Author of such classics as “The Jungle Book”, “Kim” among others.
  • Lear, Edward
    Poet and author of nonsense rhymes such as “A Book of Nonsense”, “Laughable Lyrics”. Also try Edward Lear - Teacher Resource File
  • Lewis, C.S.
    Author of “The Chronicles of Narnia”, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”, more.
  • London, Jack
    “The Call of the Wild”, other books relating to animals, especially dogs.
  • Milne, A.A.
    The “Winnie the Pooh” series made him famous.
  • Potter, Beatrix
    ‘The world of Beatrix Potter’ and Peter Rabbit and Friends. Biography, books, fun & games, news, more. Beatrix Potter Story Videos can be found listed and ready to view here.
  • Rowling, J.K.
    Author of all the Harry Potter novels. Try this author site as well. For information about the Harry Potter series visit Harry Potter, The Official Website or Harry Potter.
  • Sendak, Maurice
    Author of “Where the Wild Things Are”, “Midnight in the Kitchen”, other children’s stories. Primarily picture books.
  • Seuss, Dr
    Quintessential beginning books for children such as “Green Eggs and Ham”. Also Dr. Seuss on the Web - a lengthy listing of sites [not updated since 2012]. Even get Seuss Celebration, a set of Teacher Idea Links. Watch a video of The Lorax here.
  • Stine, R.L
    Writer of such stories as the “Goosebumps !” series.
  • Updated ! Tolkien, J.R.R.
    The author of “The Lord of the Rings” series. Biography, book lists, critical works, reviews, more. Check Updated ! J.R.R.Tolkien Resources and Tolkien Gateway.
  • Twain, Mark
    Author of children’s novels including “Huckleberry Finn”, etc.. Mark Twain in His Times ‘focuses on how Mark Twain and his works were created and defined, marketed, performed, reviewed, appreciated’.
  • Verne, Jules
    Author of “20 000 Leagues Under the Sea”, other novels.
  • Walden, Mark
    Biography and book list. You can find more information and links at New ! Mark Walden [Wikipedia].
  • Updated ! White, E. B.
    Biography and Book List. Author of “Charlotte’s Web” and “Stuart Little”. A second site can be found at Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.

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Awards

Australian Children’s Book Awards

  • Australia and New Zealand Children & Young Adult Book Award List
    Annotated links to these.
  • BILBY Awards
    ‘Awarded annually by the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council Awards’. Previous Winners are found here.
  • Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year
    The CBCA awards, links to a range of other Children’s Book Awards both in Australia and overseas. “Notable Books” listings are also found from this page. Other CBCA Awards are found here.
  • Environment Award for Children’s Literature
    ‘Open to fiction and non-fiction children’s books published in Australia. The award is intended to promote books that inspire a sense of wonder and a sense of caring for the natural world’.
  • Inky Awards
    ‘There is no other award in Australia that reflects what teenagers want to read. The Inkys are international awards for teenage literature, voted for online by the readers of insideadog.com.au’.
  • Koala
    ‘Kids Own Australian Literature Awards are annual awards made by young readers in NSW to the Australian books they have most enjoyed reading during that year’.
  • Updated ! REAL Awards
    ‘Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature [REAL] Awards, which acts as a shortlist for children’s choice book awards in the ACT, NSW, Northern Territory and Victoria’.
  • West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award
    ‘Operates on three levels, Younger Readers, Picture Books and Older Readers. Readers are invited to nominate, through their libraries, books that they have enjoyed’.
  • YABBA
    ‘The Children’s Choice Book Award in Victoria’.
  • Young Australian Readers’ Award
    ‘The first national, online students choice award in Australia. Read our students’ reviews of the latest titles from the best Australian authors, read the books for yourself’. Click on “Award Winners”.

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International Children’s Book Awards

  • AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books
    ‘Celebrate[s] outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. The prizes are meant to encourage the writing and publishing of high-quality science books for all age groups’. USA.
  • Award-Winning Kids’ Books
    ‘Here are links to the awards and lists that we like, including picks from The New York Times, the International Reading Association, and the annual Newberry and Caldecott Medal winners’. Reading Rockets.
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards
    ‘Among the most prestigious honours in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Winners are selected in three categories : Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry and Non-fiction ’.
  • Caldecott Medal
    ‘Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children’.
  • Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals
    ‘The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people’.
  • Eleanor Farjeon Award
    ‘Recognises an outstanding contribution to the world of children’s books by an individual or organisation’.
  • Hans Christian Andersen Awards
    ‘The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children’s books’.
  • National Book Awards
    US National Book Foundation. Scroll down for information on the Young People’s Literature Award.
  • NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Non-fiction for Children
    ‘The national Council of Teachers of English, through the Committee on the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Non-fiction for Children, has established an annual award for promoting and recognising excellence in the writing of non-fiction for children’. USA.
  • Newberry Medal
    ‘It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children’.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards
    ‘Awards are presented to New Zealand books in five categories plus a Book of the Year and a Children’s Choice’.
  • Odyssey Award
    Association for Library Service to Children [ALSC] in the US. ‘This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States’. Also has links to other awards.
  • The Best Children’s Books of … : A List of Lists and Awards
    Chicken Spaghetti. ‘A roundup of the year-end “best of” lists and children’s literature prizes’. Also previous listings.
  • The Cybils
    ‘The Cybils awards are given each year by bloggers for the year’s best children’s and young adult titles. Nominations open to the public on October 1st’.

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References

1. Children’s Literature. The Free Dictionary, n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2013. Children’s Literature.

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