Something You’ll Wish You Didn’t Know About These Famous Children’s Book Authors


Answer this question:
What makes someone want to write for kids?

Following are five famous children’s book authors—their names familiar to almost everyone and their books, classics:

A.A. Milne authored the sweet, beloved “Winnie-the-Pooh” books. They’ve stood the test of time. Just released, August 2018, a movie, Goodbye Christopher Robin, based on characters from his books.

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Margaret Wise Brown, author of that famously simple and soothing, everything-is-alright-sleep-tight, bedtime book,”Goodnight Moon”.

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Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss)— “The Cat in the Hat”, “Horton Hears a Who”, “Hop on Pop”, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”, “Green Eggs and Ham” . . . He authored 46 books for children.

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Shel Silverstein. He wrote “The Giving Tree”, one of the most popular and widely discussed children’s books ever. Silverstein is also well known among children’s book authors for his poetry collections, “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “A Light in the Attic”.

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Maurice Sendak—”Let the wild rumpus start!” Who doesn’t know that quote from Sendak’s most famous book? Like A.A. Milne’s work, Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” was made into a feature film. Along with other children’s books, he also wrote and directed an animated television special, Really Rosie, based on characters from his stories.

What do these authors have in common? All wrote for children. All were made famous by their children’s books. AND—here is something you’ll wish you didn’t know—They disliked kids!

Christopher-robin-quote-1A.A. Milne didn’t necessarily dislike children, but he disliked that the books he wrote for them ruined his lifelong dream. Milne hated being called a children’s author. He believed his popular children’s books kept him from being recognized as an aspiring British playwright.

5215451-Margaret-Wise-Brown-Quote-Goodnight-nobody-goodnight-mush.jpgMargaret Wise Brown said, “I don’t especially like children. At least not as a group. I won’t let anybody get away with anything just because he is little.” She had a child-like imagination, a playful one, and that translated well to children’s books.

Dr.-Seuss-Quotes-36-I-Was-Saving-The-Name-Of-Geisel-For-The...-QuotesTheodor Geisel didn’t have kids of his own. According to his widow, he was somewhat afraid of them. He didn’t know how to act around or have fun with them. Still, he enjoyed writing for them.

underneath-my-outside-face-theres-a-face-that-none-can-see-a-little-less-smiley-a-little-less-sure-quote-1.jpgShel Silverstein, the “bad boy of children’s literature”. Some of his stories for children are controversial, and that’s no surprise. He wrote for Playboy Magazine, hung out with Hugh Hefner, had numerous affairs with women, and is known for living wild. Silverstein disliked children’s literature and found it condescending. He only began writing for kids after much coaxing by his author and editor friends.

hans-christian-andersen-gonna-make-statue-park-lot-scrambling-quote-at-storemypic-0a8eb.pngMaurice Sendak is said by his peers to have had a bad temper. He thought of himself as crazy and said he would never choose to raise a child himself because he believed he would fail. He didn’t really like children, but they fascinated him by their imaginations—how they thought and survived. His books often showed them a darker side of life, perhaps because he’d lost relatives to the Holocaust. “I refuse to cater to the (expletive) of innocence.” he said. “The Holocaust has run like a river of blood through all my books.”

What makes someone want to write for kids?
Maybe you’ll want to rethink your answer.

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2 responses to “Something You’ll Wish You Didn’t Know About These Famous Children’s Book Authors

  1. I find this fact to be very interesting. They didn’t like children and that’s how they are known to the world. Hmm, someone forgot to tell them the fact that if you “do something you like, you will never have to work (at it) a day in your life.”


  2. Beatrix Potter didn’t like children either, I’ve heard.


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