10 Videos About Favorite Children's Authors and Illustrators

Profiles of Creators of Award-Winning Children's Books

Enjoy these short videos about 10 favorite authors and illustrators of children's books. You'll find videos about Cynthia Rylant, Roald Dahl, Beverly Cleary, Astrid Lindgren, Madeleine L'Engle, Dr Seuss, Jerry Pinkney, Robert McCloskey, Virginia Lee Burton and Maurice Sendak. The videos are hosted by author and editor Anita Silvey. The list below is in alphabetical order. To learn about all 10 of the videos, scroll down until you reach Dr. Seuss, the last item on the list.

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Virginia Lee Burton Video Profile

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton - book cover
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Although Virginia Lee Burton's children's picture books were first published in the 1940s, a number of them have become classics and are still available. They include Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Little House and Katy and the Big Snow.  

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Beverly Cleary Video Profile

Photo of Beverly Cleary from the video about the children's book author
Beverly Cleary Video. About.com

Children's books by Beverly Cleary have been delighting children for several generations. Learn more about the author of more than 30 books for independent readers whose popular charcters include Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby, Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins.  After you watch the Beverly Cleary video profile, if you'd like to know more, read my article Award-Winning Author Beverly Cleary and my review of Ramona's World.

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Roald Dahl Video Profile

Photo of Roald Dahl from the video about Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl Video. About.com

Many of Roald Dahl's 19 children's books have become classics. Some of his most popular books include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda and The BFG. His humorous books, which might be called modern fairy tales, have not been without controversy, but have continued to delight kids between the age of 9 and 12.  Read my article The Enduring Roald Dahl.

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Madeleine L'Engle Video Profile

Photo of the cover of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Madeleine L'Engle Video. About.com

Author Madeleine L'Engle is most well-known for A Wrinkle in Time.  The book has become a classic. Who was Madeline L'Engle and what is so special about her books? L'Engle received the John Newbery Medal (What is the Newbery Medal?) in 1963 for A Wrinkle in Time. Read the book review of Madeleine L'Engle's , and, then, read the review of , an adaptation by Hope Larson of the classic science fiction and fantasy novel. 

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Astrid Lindgren Video Profile

Color photo of Astrid Lindgren author of Pippi Longstocking
Astrid Lindgren Video Profile. About.com

Swedish author Astrid Lindgren gained worldwide recognition for her books about Pippi Longstocking.  Pippi Lonstocking is stronger than anyone, she is self-sufficient, and she answers to no one. Since Pippi is also only 9 years old, kids tend to be thrilled whie their parents may be captivated, bemused or aghast. 

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Robert McCloskey

Cover of Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Robert McCloskey Video. About.com

Robert McCloskey received numerous awards for his children's book illustration and took great care in creating the artwork for each picture book.  Then, read my article Maine Caldecott Winners by Robert McCloskey to learn more about his Caldecott award-winning picture books set in Maine: One Morning in MaineBlueberries for Sal and Time of Wonder.

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Jerry Pinkney Video Profile

Cover of The Lion and the Mouse from video about Jerry Pinkney
Jerry Pinkney Video. About.com

Jerry Pinkney has received numerous awards for his artistry, including the 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal for his picture book The Lion and the Mouse and numerous Coretta Scott King Book Awards honors.   For more information, read my article about Artist Jerry Pinkney and His Children's Picture Books and my reviews of John Henry and The Lion and the Mouse.

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Cynthia Rylant Video Profile

Cover art of Dog Heaven from the video about author Cynthia Rylant
Cynthia Rylant Video. About.com

Cynthia Rylant is a children's book author who has had great success in writing in a variety of formats for a wide range of age levels. Her children's books include picture books, beginning reader books, poetry and middle grade fiction.  Watch the Cynthia Ryant video profile to learn about how her childhood in Appalachia and her religious beliefs have influenced her writing. To learn more, read my article Spotlight on Award-Winning Author Cynthia Rylant.

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Maurice Sendak Video Profile

Cover art from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Maurice Sendak Video. About.com

Maurice Sendak is best known for his children's picture book Where the Wild Things Are and the impact he has had on children's literature. Read my article  The Artistry and Influence of Maurice Sendak and my review of Where the Wild Things Are.

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Dr Seuss Video Profile

Black and white photograph of Dr Seuss - Theodor Geisel
Dr. Seuss Video. About.com

Dr Seuss, the main pen name of the talented Theodor Geisel, is known both for his children's picture books and for being a pioneer in the development of beginning reader books.  Classic Dr Seuss picture books include: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, The LoraxHorton Hears A Who and Horton Hatches an Egg. His beginning reader books include Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat