So you want to write a children’s book…?

March 5, 2014

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World Book Day

Tomorrow is World Book Day, as everyone who has seen my costume-related tweet from earlier will testify; Eliza only goes to nursery two days a week, so I had no idea they were dressing up tomorrow until this morning, yikes! As she won’t wear her Gruafflo costume for longer than two minutes, I’m sending her in her beloved Tootsa Macginty fox jumper as Fantastic Mr (although I actually think she went last year in her Tootsa Macginty bear jumper as the bear from That’s not my Bear. Sensing a theme here…)

Faffing about costumes aside, World Book Day is into its 17th year – and this year there’s a brand new line up of ten brilliant titles from some of the nation’s top children and Young Adult authors. There’s also an online TV show that’s available online in March with the World Book Day authors and illustrators sharing tips and answering questions from children across the country.

Hands up who’s ever wanted to write a children’s book? To celebrate World Book Day, I’ve been given some tips from the authors and illustrators about writing, drawing and creating the books that children everywhere will love forever;

Three writing tips from Lauren St John, author of Midnight Picnic

  1. The Midnight PicnicOne of the first things children will ask an author is, ‘Where do you get your ideas?’ I always answer: ‘Ideas come from everywhere. Your problem should never be finding ideas. It should be that you have too many.’ Since life is infinitely stranger than fiction, newspapers and magazines are a good starting point. A news item about a stowaway boy or a dog that has turned up alive after two years, for instance, could give rise to any number of storylines.
  2. When I get children to invent stories out loud, something that is as much fun for me as it is for them, I first ask them to create a couple of characters. What do they look like? What type of people are they? What are their interests? Next, we need an Event. Something happens. A volcano, a fire, an alien abduction, a school trip that goes wrong. The characters then go on a journey, which is as much about personal discovery as it is about location. Are they brave? Cowardly? How do they figure out an escape route? Lastly, we need a happy ending. Naturally.
  3. As a child, I was obsessed with reading and I’m convinced that there are no good writers who are not good readers. Forget the Government nonsense about whether or not to read Dickens. Get your kids reading. It doesn’t matter if it’s comic books or JK Rowling or War and Peace. All that matters is that they learn to love reading. Of course, you could always consider Dead Man’s Cove, The One Dollar Horse or my World Book Day short story, The Midnight Picnic!

Tips from, David Melling, author / illustrator of Hello, Hugless Douglas

  • Children's book Hugless DouglasPeople always ask me what the best writing tip I’ve ever been given is. my knee-jerk response to that question is: do a little each day. It’s very important. Kids often ask me ‘how do you do that?’ when I draw, and it all comes down to a little each day. It’s like learning to play a musical instrument or a sport. You don’t pick up your tennis racquet one day and be volleying, hitting winning shots the next. The more you practice the better you get, and that’s the same with writing and drawing.
  • I also always keep note and sketchbooks, an idea might come from one simple illustration. I’m constantly drawing and redrawing these characters as they evolve. With Jack Frost, I was very conscious that I wanted to do a proper ‘Once upon a time…’ picture book so there’s no set rule or pattern but I always use the note or sketchbook as a starting point.

Alex T Smith: some tips for drawing and writing:

  • Don’t assume that professional illustrators always know how to draw – I had to learn to draw bicycle a couple of years ago. Even pros have to learn and practice!
  • Always remember that when drawing you aren’t imitating life – your drawings don’t have to be realistic! Claude’s eyebrows are above his head, you wouldn’t see that in real life!
  • When I’m writing I might do some tiny doodles about how it would work as a book spread to help me keep track of my ideas. I really get going with the pictures when the text is complete. I’m always very keen on the idea that if you can say something with pictures then go for it.
  • Did you always know you wanted to be a writer and an artist? Yes, always. I’ve always loved books and luckily came from a very bookish family. I’ve also always loved drawing. I can remember the very first picture I drew – I was very very young and I was sitting at the dining table on my mum’s lap and I drew a teddy bear. It was really just a couple of very wobbly circles and a bit of scribble but I knew it was a teddy bear and told my mum exactly what was going on in my picture. From then on I was hooked and have had a pencil in my hand pretty much all the time since then!

Emily Gravett, Little Book Day Parade. Top Five Writing Tips

  1. Little Book Day ParadeOften I find that just getting to know my character will give me ideas for a story. I begin by writing down and drawing everything I know about them on a sheet of paper.
  2. To get a really good resolution for a story I like to brainstorm. To do this write down your challenge or obstacle in the middle of a sheet of paper then as quickly as you can write down as many ways as you can think of to solve your problem.
  3. Ending your story – Sometimes it’s worth writing down a few different endings for your story. Some happy, some sad, some funny. Try them all out. Most of the time one of them will leap out at you as the ‘right’ ending.
  4. It’s good to write down ideas as you get them (or they tend to vanish). I use my sketchbook, but I also have a box to put more chunky ideas in. Even things that might spark ideas like packaging, buttons etc.
  5. Finally, I think it’s important to keep re-reading aloud what you have written. Reading aloud helps you hear the rhythm of your story, and highlights any snaggy areas that need work.

How fantastic and inspiring are those tips?

World Book Day Books 2014

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221 Comments

  • Kay panayi

    March 6, 2014 at 7:23 am

    My children love Julia Donaldson but I still like Enid blyton

    1. mary Stafford

      March 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      I’m in my early fifties and I love reading books by Enid Blyton to my grandchildren and they love to hear the stories that both my own children and I grew up with. Hopefully future generations of the family will also love to hear these same stories.

  • Rachael Jess

    March 6, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I’m going with Enid Blyton, I have fond memories of getting lost in the wishing chair

  • kelli flanagan

    March 6, 2014 at 10:26 am

    My daughter is mad about Jacqueline Wilson

  • Jo Jones

    March 6, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Roald Dahl

  • Michaela Turner

    March 6, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I love reading Jack Tickles books to my children

  • Colette (“We’re going on an adventure ….”)

    March 6, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Julia Donaldson

  • Amanda Hart

    March 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I love Roald Dahl and my son is now getting to the age that he is starting to enjoy them too. Which is great for bedtime reading 🙂

  • iain maciver

    March 6, 2014 at 11:02 am

    roald dahl

  • liveotherwise

    March 6, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Has to be Enid Blyton

  • sandra bald

    March 6, 2014 at 11:59 am

    my favourite children’s author is Enid Blyton

  • sandra bald

    March 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  • Tracey

    March 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Roald Dahl
    Every time

  • Tina Holmes

    March 6, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Julia Donaldson 🙂

  • tamalyn roberts

    March 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    i am a huge fab of enid blyton! and passed that along to my children x

  • LEA

    March 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    My son loves David Walliam’s books, especially Mr Stink.

  • Stephanie Tsang

    March 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    My favourite children’s author is Julia Donaldson.

  • Julie Cook

    March 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Julia Donaldson

  • Jon Duckworth

    March 6, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Judith Kerr’s a particular favourite. Love Mog and the Tiger Who Came To Tea.

    Great writing tips, by the way.

  • Hannah Oneill

    March 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    AA Milne

  • Sam

    March 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    As a child my favourite author was Enid Blyton but as a parent I have enjoyed reading Julia Donaldson and Roald Dahl’s books to my children – The Snail & the Whale makes me well up every time I read it!

  • Linda Macdonald

    March 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Julia Donaldson is my favourite children’s author.

  • Danielle Loftus

    March 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Roald Dahl is without a doubt my favourite author but I love to read Julia Donaldson book’s to my baby girl!

  • fritha

    March 6, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    god that’s such a hard question! I think mine could be A.A Milne also actually as I love the poem books (now we are six is my fave) x

  • Sandra Lane

    March 6, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    My favourite childrens author is C.S.Lewis who wrote the wonderful ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’

  • Helen Cassidy

    March 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    My eldest loves Grace Cavendish and my youngest Julia Donaldson.

  • Helen Cassidy

    March 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Followed and retweeted too. 🙂

  • lisa sargent

    March 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • amy watson

    March 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    adam blade (beast quest books)

  • tracey huber

    March 6, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Spike Milligan. His writings still make kids chuckle today.

  • laura stewart

    March 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    roald dahl

  • Claire D

    March 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Roger Hargreaves

  • Polly Davies

    March 6, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    oooh! tough. My is Roald Dahl… kiddos love Julia Donaldson too though

  • John Taggart

    March 6, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    My grandson loves the Gruffalo so it has to be Julia Donaldson

  • abigail edkins

    March 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    my step daughters love Meg Cabot

  • MARK THOMAS

    March 6, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • Rachel Craig

    March 6, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Julia Donaldson.

  • sharon williams

    March 6, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    At the moment its enid blyton

  • Lisa M

    March 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • Miss Tracy Hanson

    March 6, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I loved the Enid Blyton ones from the younger readers to Famous Five etc and have kept them (now 43) so my great-niece will be able to read them. 🙂

  • sarah rees

    March 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    j k rowling 🙂

  • claire woods

    March 6, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • claire woods

    March 6, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Tweeted. @clairewoods32

  • Zoe G

    March 6, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I have loads, Anthony Browne is deffo one fave, his stories and illustrations are great, remind me of the 80s when I read them

  • sian hallewell

    March 6, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Julia Donaldson is the authour I usually read to the grandchildren. I’m looking forward to reading winnie the pooh, by A A Milne

  • Mary Preston

    March 6, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    MEM FOX

  • claire griffiths

    March 6, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • Pam Hubbard

    March 7, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Enid Blyton is the best

  • Debbie Kilroy

    March 7, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Julia Donaldson

  • Tammy Tudor

    March 7, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Roald Dahl

  • chantelle hazelden

    March 7, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Jaqueline Wilson x

  • Lynn Heath

    March 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

  • chantelle hazelden

    March 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

  • Lynn Heath

    March 7, 2014 at 10:48 am

    My daughter has been enjoying Roald Dahl recently, it brings back so many memories of when I was growing up

  • michelle banks

    March 7, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Has to be Enid Blyton, love the Magic Faraway tree lol

  • Rachel

    March 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    well, *my* favourite children’s author is Arthur Ransome, closely followed by Michelle Magorian.

    Pip’s on the other hand, is anyone who writes about rabbits. I love Emily Gravett’s work too. I did a writing a children’s book course on maternity leave and am still in the process of finessing mine, so these tips are great!

  • Jo Carroll

    March 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Roald Dahl is my favourite storyteller, but I was a huge fan of Lewis Carroll when I was little as he shared my surname. Then I found out his was just a pen name and he was really called something else…but still love Alice. x

    tweeted @mcmurphy72

  • kim neville

    March 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    my son loves Julia Donaldson

  • Katie Robertson

    March 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Roald Dahl both myself and my son enjoy reading his books together

  • Colin Gault

    March 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    J K Rowling

  • Helen Francis

    March 7, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    We are loving The calm down Boris book by Sam Lloyd at the moment very good for interaction with baby.

  • katie Kathurima

    March 7, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    We don’t have a favorite author we love reading lots of different books

  • Janine Phillips

    March 7, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Julia Donaldson

  • Carroll Marsh

    March 7, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Roald Dahl is a Sheer genius for childrens Books!

  • claire woods

    March 8, 2014 at 8:55 am

    roald dahl is our favourite.

  • claire woods

    March 8, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Done on twitter – @clairewoods32

  • Kate Duckmanton

    March 8, 2014 at 10:11 am

    My children love Sue Hendra, particularly Barry the Fish with Fingers!

  • Daniel Stacey

    March 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • Spencer Broadley

    March 8, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Enid Blyton’s Secret 7 and Famous 5 series

  • Catherine Smith

    March 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • tina edwards

    March 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    enid blyton

  • sarah wills

    March 8, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    roald dahl was the best/

  • Laura Harris

    March 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Has to be the very funny Daivd Walliams!

  • Helen Allan

    March 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    JK Rowling

  • Laura Pritchard

    March 9, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Roald Dahl – I can’t wait until my son is old enough to have these read to him!

  • Laura Pritchard

    March 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Following as @Isis1981uk and tweeted https://twitter.com/Isis1981uk/status/442730142159613952

  • Christine Caple

    March 9, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Enid Blyton

  • Harley

    March 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Julia Donaldson

  • Sarah Hollins

    March 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Currently Julia Donaldson and Toddle Waddle we are reading this a lot!!

  • pete c

    March 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • Victoria Leedham

    March 10, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • Emma Baker

    March 11, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Roald Dahl definitely!

  • Maralyn Smith

    March 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    My favourite author is me, at least the children think so!! I write stories for the children but haven’t mastered the art of illustration, so keep being asked, “But when can we have some pictures?”

  • Karen Usher

    March 11, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Roald Dahl His books will never get old and I cant wait to read them to my children. Classics!!!

  • Pam Gregory

    March 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Enid Blyton – Loved Famous Five & Secret Seven growing up.

  • Helen Grayson

    March 12, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Jaqueline Wilson

  • Hayley Wynn

    March 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Julia Donaldson

  • clair downham

    March 12, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    roald dahl and david walliams when younger julia donaldson

  • Angela Wilcox

    March 12, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Son’s favourite author is Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler), loves those books 🙂

  • Angela Wilcox

    March 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Following on twitter (@AngelaMWilcox) and tweeted
    https://twitter.com/AngelaMWilcox/status/443855935736266753

  • Natasha Whitehead

    March 12, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    My children love Julia Donaldson books

  • Sarah Scoulding

    March 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Has to be roald dahl

  • Louise Ball-Gray

    March 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Roald Dahl

  • mark ELSON

    March 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    simon mayo

  • Kelly Hooper

    March 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Enid Blyton, I grew up desperate to go to boarding school because of her books lol

  • jodie yorke

    March 13, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    we love reading roald dahl.

  • Nasheem

    March 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    personally, Enid Blyton!

  • Tracey Whysall

    March 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Enid Blyton

  • Clint Howat

    March 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    My son loves Jacqueline Wilson

  • cheryl lovell

    March 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Enid Blyton 🙂

  • ALISON M

    March 13, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    My 4 year old daughter’s favourite author is Virginia Miller as she loves shouting “NAH!” like Bartholomew bear!!

    Following as @ali1471alison

    Thanks!

  • Leah Wheatley

    March 13, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I used to love Enid Blyton

  • Karis

    March 13, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    J K Rowling.

  • Alison Hill

    March 13, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    My 5 year old loves Julia Donaldson books, especially the stick Man and Hairy Maclary, and my son likes Michael Rossen books/ poems

  • emma tarbuck

    March 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • Laura A

    March 13, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    i love enid blyton and hope my little girl does too 🙂

  • kirsten Barthy

    March 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Astrid Lindgren

  • shirley evans

    March 13, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    ROALD DAHL

  • Clare Hancock

    March 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    At the moment I am really enjoying re-reading Roald Dahl to my 5 & 3 year old (not sure 3 year old is listening) so that would be my current favourite but it changes ALOT. Also working on a childrens book myself suitable for LGBT families so great to read the tips.

  • Danielle Graves

    March 14, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Personally I’m a massive Enid Blyton fan but my little boy loves Julia Donaldson books like the Gruffalo

  • Danielle Graves

    March 14, 2014 at 6:20 am

    tweeted and followed as ikkle87

  • Phyllis Ellett

    March 14, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Still is Enid Blyton

  • Phyllis Ellett

    March 14, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Following with @phyllgerry and tweeted.

  • Tricia Cowell

    March 14, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Enid Blyton 🙂

  • Emma Green

    March 14, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Oliver Jeffries

  • vicki

    March 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

    It has to be Roald Dahl, I’m loving rereading my favourites to my little one.

  • vicki

    March 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I tweeted! @vickibrown13

  • Pauline Hill

    March 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    J K Rowling

  • Laura Coe

    March 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • Jenny Rogers

    March 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Julia Donaldson

  • Blake Ahearne

    March 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Julia Donaldson

  • Diana Semionova

    March 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Roald Dahl 🙂

  • Jennifer Rhymer

    March 14, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Judy Blume for her books about Fudge. Love Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Eric Carl for younger children’s books

  • Jennifer Rhymer

    March 14, 2014 at 5:07 pm

  • katie thomas

    March 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Has to be Roald Dahl- no one else comes close!

  • Emma Wolski

    March 14, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Enid Blyton – her mallory towers is timeless for any child! I must have read them 100 times!

  • Catherine Newton

    March 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • Patricia Avery

    March 14, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    As a child it was Enid Blyton, as a parent/grandparent Roald Dahl, as a teacher it was Michael Morpurgo 🙂

  • Kay Lou Smith

    March 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Big Julia Donaldson fans here 🙂

  • Leigh Larkin

    March 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    My little girl loves the Julia Donaldson books

  • Clare Stringer

    March 14, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    My favourite is Lynley Dodd, author of Hairy McLary from Donaldson’s Dairy! Great stories to read aloud to little ones.

  • Clare Stringer

    March 14, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I’ve tweeted: @londonstringers

  • sarah palmer

    March 14, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Ronald Dahl

  • Nicola Holland

    March 14, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Roald Dahl – so many fabulous books 🙂

  • Lynsey Ward

    March 14, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    My toddler loves Julia Donaldson books

  • tobys proud mummy toys

    March 14, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Enid Blyton xxx Classics but forever friends

  • Mark Palmer

    March 15, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Enid Blyton

  • debbie jackson

    March 15, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Liking the Daivd Walliams books at the moment

  • Karen Barrett

    March 15, 2014 at 7:21 am

  • Karen Barrett

    March 15, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Terry Pratchett

  • Lani Nash

    March 15, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Roald Dahl

  • Katie Beacham

    March 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Julia Donaldson

  • Rebecca Gransden

    March 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • Vikki Thomas

    March 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Oh my, how can I possibly choose just one author, when so many books were my childhood friends?

    Enid Blyton, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Anna Sewell, CS Lewis, Roald Dahl and Robert Louis Stephenson all kept me enthralled for weeks on end.

    I’ll tell you my daughters instead, thats much easier! AA Milne, read by Mummy or Daddy, because she’s only 3!

  • sj wesley

    March 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Roald Dahl x

  • sj wesley

    March 15, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I’m following you on Twitter – sjwesley0 and have tweeted! https://twitter.com/SJWesley0/status/444845917687263232

  • Rachel Oxley

    March 15, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    CS Lewis

  • Alison

    March 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Thats hard, probably Roald Dahl but I like loads

  • Kristy Brown

    March 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I like Jaqueline Wilson

  • Amy Beckett

    March 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Ursula Moray Williams

  • Clare F Wood

    March 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • Deborah Bird

    March 15, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Has to be Roald Dahl x

  • Ian Sanderson

    March 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    JK Rowling – lovedreading Harry Potter to my daughter, plus it got me back into literature.

  • Rebecca Powell

    March 15, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Julia Donaldson

  • Jamie

    March 15, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Roald Dahl 🙂

  • Tamzin Dunn

    March 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Julia Donaldson

  • may burgess

    March 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    roald dahl

  • sarah palmer

    March 15, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    my kids have gain my love of Ronald Dahl

  • Claire Butler

    March 15, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Enid Blyton

  • Claire Butler

    March 15, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    tweeted @bbdiva1977

  • Christina Blunden

    March 15, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Roald Dahl – Legendary author who will be remembered for many years to come.

  • Nikki Reynolds

    March 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Julia Donaldson for us xx

  • Susan Carter

    March 15, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    A A Milne

  • Wendy Tolhurst

    March 15, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    My daughter loves David Walliams. I still sharing Enid Blyton books with her though!

  • Tressa Lapham-green

    March 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Roald Dahl x

  • Wendy Tolhurst

    March 15, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Followed on twitter as @tonkatol and have tweeted a link – https://twitter.com/Tonkatol/status/444957203611787264

  • Fiona Robertson

    March 15, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Favourite author has to be Roald Dahl.

  • Kerrie McKay

    March 15, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    roald dahl is still my favourite and really sparks my imagination.

  • Kerrie McKay

    March 15, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Followed on Twitter as @KerrieMcKay1 and tweeted a link https://twitter.com/KerrieMckay1/status/444963756075122688

  • Rachel Gilbey

    March 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • charlotte thornton

    March 15, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Jacqueline Wilson, fab author!

  • Michelle Kinsey

    March 15, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Enid Blyton – even at 28 years old, I still love reading her work when my 4 year old is in bed asleep (I’m currently reading The Magic Faraway Tree for the millionth time x)

  • Michelle Kinsey

    March 15, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Also tweeting as @cheznal x

  • cherie shaw

    March 15, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Roald Dahl 🙂 x

  • cherie shaw

    March 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Tweeted as @cheries28

  • chirag P

    March 16, 2014 at 12:01 am

    roald dahl

  • Rosie

    March 16, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Enid Blyton

  • Stacy Fenemore

    March 16, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Roald Dhal

  • Rebecca Mercer

    March 16, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Roald Dahl

  • Maya Russell

    March 16, 2014 at 7:36 am

    My favourite author is still Enid Blyton.

  • Maya Russell

    March 16, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Follow on Twitter as @maisietoo and tweeted: https://twitter.com/maisietoo/status/445101676211732480

  • Jo-Anne holton

    March 16, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Julia Donaldson 🙂

  • MELANIE HUNT

    March 16, 2014 at 8:02 am

    my son likes Julia Donaldson but also Roald Dhal

  • catriona nation

    March 16, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Roald dahl

  • Tricia Morgan

    March 16, 2014 at 8:13 am

    C. S. Lewis

  • Kathryn Casbolt

    March 16, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Roald Dahl

  • sara

    March 16, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Roald Dahl

  • Karen Dixon

    March 16, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Roald Dalhl, is my fav childs author, I even wrote him a letter as a child and got a reply!

  • sandra Bevins

    March 16, 2014 at 9:28 am

    we don’t have a favourite Author in my childcare setting, because we like to look at lots of different books, and we make our own books. The children of all ages get lots of fun from this activity

  • Erica Price

    March 16, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I loved Enid Blyton as a child. My son loves Steve Cole’s books.

  • Erica Price

    March 16, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Tweeted and following as @ericahughes

  • Gail Bennett

    March 16, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Roald Dahl

  • claire wilkinson

    March 16, 2014 at 10:55 am

    my sons favourite author is Roald Dahl

  • liz ferguson

    March 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    roald dahl

  • ann clements

    March 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Enid Blyton

  • donna jones

    March 16, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Julia Donaldson

  • Stephen Little

    March 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Henry Treece

  • simon hardy

    March 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I love the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling but my kids like Enid Blyton

  • emma kinsey

    March 16, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    jaqueline wilson

  • Anna

    March 16, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Roald Dahl (@Pheresla)

  • Nikki Fitzmaurice

    March 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    The twits by Roald Dahl is Ethan’s fave =D xx

  • Emma Moughan

    March 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    It’s definitely got to be the late great Roald Dahl – the man was a genius!!!

  • Stuart Dunlop

    March 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    my favourite children’s author is Enid Blyton

  • Kerry Lethbridge

    March 16, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Still Enid Blyton up the faraway tree is my favourite

  • champaklal lad

    March 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    David Melling

  • jane greenfield

    March 16, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    My daughter loves Jacqueline Wilson`s book`s

  • lesley styles

    March 16, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Michael Rosen

  • Lee Dowling

    March 16, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Enid Blyton is very much loved in our household

  • Holly Boyd

    March 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    From my childhood it would be split between Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton however for my daughter it would be Julia Donaldson.

  • claire little

    March 16, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    my favourite is roald dahl 🙂

  • Tracey Quinn

    March 16, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • ian croft

    March 16, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Jacqueline Wilson – Ideal for coming of age teenagers

  • Zoe Coen

    March 16, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Roald Dahl

  • Natalie Crossan

    March 16, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Jacqueline Wilson – wonderful stories 🙂

  • justine meyer

    March 16, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    enid blyton

  • Liesl

    March 16, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Roald Dahl but I used to love Enid Blyton as a child too.

  • Sam @happyhomebird

    March 16, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Favourite is Lewis Caroll

  • Sam @happyhomebird

    March 16, 2014 at 11:06 pm

  • Aleha Hussain

    March 16, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    My favourite author is Lucy Maud Montgomery. My children love Julia Donaldson books.

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