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Today, we’re wishing the legendary children’s book author Lois Lowry a very happy 75th birthday! One of our all-time favorite authors of children’s literature, Lowry published her first kids book in 1977, and has since penned over 30 more. To celebrate Lowry’s birthday, we’ve put together a list of the all-time best authors of children’s literature written in English, from the contemporary to the classic, from the wildly magical to the wittily familiar. Here, we’re defining “children’s literature” as being novels aimed at the 9 to 13 set, a little bit young for YA proper, but well into the chapter book stage and getting ready for more meaty fare. After all, there’s no better way to prepare a child for a life of creativity and curiosity than to give them a bunch of great books during their formative years. Or at least we think so. Click through to read our list — and since we wanted to make this list three times over (but you’ve gotta stop somewhere), be sure to chime in with your own favorites in the comments!



Lois Lowry
Lois Lowry, whose novels consistently blow us away, is one of only five authors who have been awarded the Newbery Medal twice — once for Number the Stars in 1990, and again for The Giver in 1993 (two more of her doubly awarded peers are also on our list!). Lowry does not shy away from disturbing or difficult topics — the Holocaust, dystopian futures, terminal illness — but instead addresses them head on with grace and captivating ability. Two decades later, we’re still arguing with our friends over whether Jonas dies or finds salvation at the end of The Giver. The question, like the book, still feels urgent, which is how we know she’s one of the best.


洛伊丝·劳里,其作品一贯扣人心弦,她是两得纽伯瑞金奖的五位作家之一 —— 一为1990年出版的《数星星》,二为1993年出版的《记忆传授人》(另有多位同样两得纽奖的作家也在榜单上)。她并不回避令人不安的疑难主题,如纳粹屠杀 、反乌托邦前途和不治之症,反而优雅迷人地迎难而上。20年后,我们依然与朋友们争论《记忆传授人》的结尾Jonas是去逝了还是得救了,这个问题和该书主题一样仍然亟待解决,这就是我们认为她是最佳之一的原因。




E.L. Konigsburg
Another two-time Newbery Medal winner, E.L. Konigsburg is also the only person to have won both a Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor (which is basically the award’s honorable mention) in the same year — for the first two books she ever wrote, no less: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth, both submitted at once to her no-doubt thrilled publisher. A full 29 years later, in 1997, she won the medal again for The View from Saturday, another classic. Her work effortlessly describes the interior lives of children trying to discover their own personalities, perhaps because she has based many of her characters on her own children and students, who were, she says, “softly comfortable on the outside and solidly uncomfortable on the inside.” Perhaps one of the reasons that her work is so enduring is that that quality never quite completely goes away.




C.S. Lewis
Probably the most popular classic fantasy series in children’s literature, C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia has sold over 100 million copies and been published in 47 languages. The magical world of Narnia captivated children so intensely that one reader we know tells of crying uncontrollably at the end of the last book, desperate to be able to get to the fictional realm, certain that she believed enough. The now-obvious Christian allegory aside, these books are wonders of imagination that cement Lewis’s place among the best children’s lit authors of all time.



Philip Pullman
Speaking of C.S. Lewis — Philip Pullman is considered by some to be the “Anti-Lewis,” and His Dark Materials to be a direct rebuttal to The Chronicles of Narnia. We have found it in our hearts to love both (though we admit, we love Pullman best), and we think his books — captivating works of imagination filled with intelligent, passionate characters — are destined to go down in history as classics.




J.K. Rowling
Sure, it may be derivative, and it may not, as her detractors cry, be the most elevated of literature, but there’s no denying that J.K. Rowling has inspired millions of kids and adults alike with her Harry Potter series. Plus, we’re sorry, the stories, rife with wordplay and creative worldmaking, are just undeniably good — and they were especially wonderful for kids who got to grow up alongside Harry as his adventures got darker, weirder, and more dangerous, just like their own imaginations.



Lewis Carroll
Of course we couldn’t forget the author of what might be the most well-known work of children’s literature across the globe, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Obsessed with wordplay and weird to the bone, Carroll was an odd egg, but we wouldn’t have it any other way — his innovative brand of literary nonsense became a phenomenon that has inspired countless reinterpretations, and his 1865 novel (1865!) is still a modern-sounding, popular work today. Can’t beat that.




Madeleine L’Engle
We won’t list the many awards and lifetime achievement recognitions of the much-lauded Madeleine L’Engle here, and if you’re reading this list, you’ve probably read something by her and don’t need any extra encouragement from us, but suffice it to say that A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels are some of the best things to happen to children’s literature in the history of time. 50 years later, they’re still essential, inspiring, and completely strange. We love it.



(译注:《时间的皱纹》是马德琳·英格《时间四重奏》的开篇小说,马德琳曾为演员,丈夫Hugh Franklin曾在电影The Swimmer中客串Denny )

Katherine Paterson
Paterson, author of classics like The Great Gilly Hopkins (which won the National Book Award), Bridge to Terabithia (which won the Newbery Medal), can also boast of winning the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, sometimes called the “Nobel Prize for children’s literature.” The eighth most frequently challenged book of the nineties, Bridge to Terabithia is a difficult but essential part of the modern canon of children’s literature, and should not be missed.


(荣获美国国家图书奖的)经典著作《养女基里》和(荣获纽伯瑞金奖的)《仙境之桥》的作者帕特森也可自诩曾获得享有盛誉 、有时也被称为儿童文学诺贝尔奖的国际安徒生文学大奖。在90年代最常被禁的书单中排名第8位的《仙境之桥》是现代儿童文学殿堂中困难但必要的组成部分,不容错过。


Lloyd Alexander
The author of more than forty books (and one of the founders of kids magazine Cricket), Alexander is best known for his spectacular five book series The Chronicles of Prydain, whose final installment, The High King, won the Newbery Medal in 1969. Drawing on Welsh mythology, overflowing with wit and charm, these books were some of our favorites, and inspired countless other children as well. After all, what Assistant Pig-Keeper (or nerdy 10 year old, which is basically the equivalent) doesn’t wish to grow up to be a hero?




Judy Blume
Judy Blume, it seems, got us through just about everything. From Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great to Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (which is probably technically a YA novel — Blume excels at both), she always manages to capture the trauma and joy and utter ridiculousness of being a kid like no one else.




errr, one massive and obvious omission Roald Dahl! Wrote more well known & loved books than any in your list, and certainly ‘better’ than JK Rowling (unless this list is by an eight year old who has never read any Roald Dahl), that’s for sure!


(译注:罗尔德·达尔在中国最知名的儿童文学作品是《查理与巧克力工厂》,他写的成人短篇小说Man from the South多次被希区柯克和昆汀塔伦蒂诺等人改编为电影和电视剧,他还是007电影系列之雷霆谷的编剧,前妻是第36届奥斯卡最佳女主角得主Patricia Neal。Roald Dahl在世时因反犹而饱受争议。)

Ronne Randall - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 at 10:55 am 
Where is A. A. Milne, with Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner?! Before Disney got to them, these books were filled with joy, magic, poignancy, and adventure – true timeless classics.

写《小熊维尼》和《小熊维尼的小屋》的A. A. 米尔恩呢?在迪士尼改编以前,这部系列书充满了欢乐、魔力、辛辣和冒险,真正永恒的经典。

Ann - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 at 11:17 am 
Seriously, Astrid Lindgren and Tove Jansson !?

认真地说,阿斯特里德·林格伦和托夫·杨森 !?


Teresa - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 at 11:30 am 
I like this list. I know how hard it is to encompass something like ALL of children’s literature into a list of 10. 
This is a pretty good start and I think you could add Robert Cormier, who wrote The Chocolate War and I am the Cheese.



Kerishma - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 at 11:37 am 
Again, it’s hard to include everyone in a list of 10, but Roald Dahl seems like a glaring omission! And when I was a kid I loved LOVED the Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park, as well as the books by Gail Carson Levine (who I guess would be better classified as YA…but still)



Matt - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 at 11:59 am 
Nicely done list — I mean, with the inclusion of Madeline L’Engle, Philip Pullman, and E. L. Koingsburg, it’s difficult to complain. Except of course with the exclusion of Norton Juster. Get rid of C. S. Lewis and include Juster.
Also, I’m glad to see J. K. Rowling included on here. Missing Roald Dahl is a bit of a disappointment, but I consider Rowling, particularly toward the end of the series (whether she needed a stronger editor or not) to be a much stronger writer than Dahl.

不错的榜单,有马德琳·英格、菲力普·普曼和E.L.柯尼斯伯格,很难说它不好,除了没有诺顿·贾斯特,把 C·S·刘易斯去掉换上贾斯特。


Lindsay - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm 
I love this gem. http://www.amazon.com/Who-Peed-Pumpkin-Joann-Brogan/dp/1448925975


Zach - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm 
Lets get one thing straight, CS Lewis towers above Pullman, there no comparison. Also, There are about 4 selections that could have been replaced with Kenneth Grahame.



Cynthia Leitich Smith - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm 
A quick shout out to some of my favorite children’s authors of color–Rita Williams-Garcia, Grace Lin, Monica Brown, Jacqueline Woodson, Allen Say….I could go on and on.


(译注:智利裔作家莫尼卡·布朗最知名作品是纪念加西亚·马尔克斯的《My name is Gabito》)

Philip Nel - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm 
Restricting myself to the 9-13 age range, some prominent missing authors: Christopher Paul Curtis, Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Woodson, Shaun Tan, Tove Jansson. I realize that it’s hard to include all in a top 10, so here are two you could cut: Lewis, & L’Engle. Both wrote for young readers, but how many of their books are great? Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (for Lewis), and A Wrinkle in Time (L’Engle). But The Magician’s Nephew? Not so much.


(译注:克里斯托弗·保罗·柯蒂斯的《我是巴德 不是巴弟》获2000年纽伯瑞金奖,他是首位获纽金奖的非裔男作家)

Gina - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm 
I read THE GIVER in elementary school and loved it. I read it in high school and thought I understood all the symbolism. I read it again in college and discovered so much more. Now I read it to my kids and fell in love all over again. Thank you Lois Lowry for writing books that matter.


Jessica Leader - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm 
Hats off for naming Lowry as one of the Top 10! I’m rooting for her as a future ambassador of children’s literature. Among other things, she’s enormously versatile: realistic fiction, sci-fi, historical fiction; humor and tragedy; chapter books through middle-grade. In addition, while the above description celebrates her bravery in taking on complex topics, let’s also mention her humor! ANASTASIA AT THIS ADDRESS still makes me laugh harder than just about any book, and books like THE GIVER include funny moments as well. Happy birthday to one of my enduringly favorite writers, and thanks to her for working so hard to grace our shelves.
One peeve, though: No Walter Dean Myers??



Anne - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm 
Well isn’t Hans Christian Andersen missing!? I mean he is the man giving name to the award you call “The Nobel Prize for children’s literature”… Well I have to admit I’m European so I don’t know a few of these authors and therefore I don’t want to choose who goes – Just saying that H. C. Andersen should definitely be on the list (and Astrid Lindgren too).


Marguerite - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm 
Leaving Roald Dahl out made me incredibly sad.


Yvonne - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm 
Interesting list, but can’t believe Roald Dahl is not on it.


Rachel - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 5:28 am 
Noooooo you left out Roald Dahl!!!! My heart dropped when I clicked on number 10!!!

你竟忘了罗尔德·达尔!!!! 点到第10的时候我心都凉了!!!

Lenny - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 5:52 am 
Yeah. What everyone else said about Roald Dahl. Also, WHERE’RE ENID BLYTON & MARK TWAIN?! And a personal favourite: Richmal Crompton.


(译注:伊妮·布莱顿: 英国著名儿童作家,BBC曾为拥有多面矛盾性格的她拍摄传记,由暗黑系Helena Bonham Carter主演。著名作品有:《诺弟》、《五个小孩》、《七个小孩》。)

Lana - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 6:27 am 
Um wheres Enid Blyton?? I read today in excessive amounts because of that woman!!


Chris Vitiello - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 7:41 am 
I wish John Bellairs was more popular. I loved his books as a kid and now my kids love his books. So gothic and creepy and wonderful.



Malene Hald (@malenehald) - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 8:12 am 
Who is Lois Lowery? Never heard of her! And where is Astrid Lindgren with Pippi Lonckstocking, Emil of Lonneberga, Karlsson on the Roof, The Borthers Lionheart and Ronja the Robbers Daughter? Shouldn’t you have a wider bibliography to show from?



Luce - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 8:29 am 
Dr Seuss!????????



donna - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 8:41 am 
Yes, but, where is Susan Cooper and The Dark is Rising series? Surely should be on this list!


(译注:苏珊·库珀的《黑暗崛起》曾被改编成一部坑爹的电影。她的丈夫Hume Cronyn曾多次为希区柯克编剧并在电影埃及艳后中饰演被屋大维当街刺死的索西琴尼,现在公历的前身儒略历就是恺撒邀请埃及天文学家索西琴尼到罗马帮助修订的。)

donna - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 8:44 am 
Whoops! and Roald Dahl and John Bellairs and Daniel Pinkwater…? OK, so this is a hard list to make. Perhaps you should have gone with fifteen…



cat - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 9:36 am 
Roald Dahl. Obviously.


eden - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 10:20 am 
No love for Louisa May Alcott or L. M. Montgomery? Jo March and Anne of Green Gables are the best heroines a little girl (or boy!) could ever have!



Sarah - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 10:25 am 
Yeah srsly, no Roald Dahl!? What about Maurice Sendak??

认真地说,没有罗尔德·达尔!? 莫里斯·桑达克如何??


Rebecca - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 10:49 am 
Some great choices here but I think you are missing Louis Sachar – Sideways Stories from Wayside School and Theres a Boy in the Girls Bathroom were my absolute favorite books / series when I was a kid.


Jenna - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 11:09 am 
I strongly second Susan Cooper and the Dark is Rising series. So so so good and original. I read this series at least 5 times growing up.

我再次强烈推苏珊·库珀和《黑暗崛起》系列, 又棒又新颖,我小时至少读了5遍。

barbara - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 11:23 am 
How can you forget about Astrid Lindgren, Roald Dahl and E.B.White

怎么能把阿斯特里德·林格伦、 罗尔德·达尔和E·B·怀特忘了?

Michele - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm 
Jacqueline Woodson should be on the list.


Carol - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm 
So many good authors for children! My favorite is Natalie Babbitt. Tuck Everlasting is a classic. Also Louise Fitzhugh.

这么多优秀的儿童文学作家!我偏爱娜塔丽·巴比特,《真爱无尽》是部经典, 还有路易丝·费兹修。


Kathleen - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm 
Louise Fitzhugh should be included for Harriet the Spy and The Long Secret, as should L.M Montgomery for the Anne of Green Gables series. And where is Enid Blyton? Kenneth Grahame?


David - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm 
Not only can I not believe you left out L. Frank Baum (only the greatest children’s author ever), I can’t believe none of the other comments has suggested him. Frankie was awesome; don’t let him be forgotten!



JC - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm 
Yes, to Andersen, Dahl, Milne and Sendak of those your list does lack.
But the hippest cat that I would choose, My most favorite doctor, Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)



Albert Day - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm 
what about L. Frank Baum!!!! (Wizard of Oz)….


Patrick Moore - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm 
World creators William Joyce and the Ursula K. Le Guin (for her Children’s series)…


(译注:威廉·乔西是作家兼插画家,举办过The world of William Joyce巡回展览。他参与过《玩具总动员》的设计,制作过《机器人历险记》。) 

JB - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm 
It is intensely satisfying that so many people have called for Roald Dahl’s inclusion, and equally satisfying that not a one has mentioned Suzanne Collins. I’d like to see Diana Wynne Jones on a list like this, and maybe William Steig, but there’s only so much room, and Pullman is the only author on it I could bring myself to argue about.



Kristel - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm 
I would have added Beverly Cleary to this list.



Q. Porter - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm 
Oh, what a challenging list to make! So many great authors. I read voraciously as a child and Enid Blyton was my favorite. I would also add Dahl to the list. I can see why Dr. Seuss is left off, since I would guess Seuss books are targeted to a slightly younger demographic. Thanks for this; it is fun to see what others have suggested…I will look into several of those suggested to read to my young nieces!


Gaby - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm 
I would have dropped JK Rowling for some of the classics mentioned above – sure, she’s been a craze for the past decade, but I don’t know if she has the continued staying power of the others on the list. As for other additions, Tamora Pierce and Diana Wynn Jones would be some good ones. I think a second list is in order.



fringearte - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm 
E.B. White of course, of course – for creating not just one popular series but several wholly imagined books and their worlds of characters – Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, Trumpet of the Swan – since you have mentioned several authors who have withstood the test of time, I think there should be two categories one contemporary/poplular, and another to make room for those who are proven undoubtedly timeless.


Laura - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm 
I’d have to agree with most people and say where is Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton?? It is because of these two writers that I began my love of literature and haven’t looked back since. I still enjoy grabbing one of their books and diving into it every now and again.

我必须同意大多数人的意见,罗尔德·达尔和伊妮·布莱顿在哪儿?? 就因为这两个人我义无反顾地爱上文学,有时我还是喜欢抓本他们的书一头扎进去。

Susan SC - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm 
Where’s JRR Tolkien? I agree about Christopher Paul Curtis and many others that could have been included.

J·R·R·托尔金在哪儿? 我觉得克里斯托弗·保罗·柯蒂斯和其它作家本应上榜的。


Tom Parrett - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm
Arthur Ransome is a terrible omission. The Swallows and Amazons series, because it involves boats, is timeless. The rural Lake District world Ransome uses, unlike many on this list, is no adult-spun fantasy—it resembles ours.
And Robert Louis Stevenson? Hard to beat Kidnapped or Treasure Island or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for drama.
I read a lot of Dickens before I was 12. Many of his characters are children or young adults (Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist). 
Compared to these three, all but a few on the list seem about as richly imagined and well-written as video games.


Torry - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm 
The Giver really stuck with me as a child . . . but we know what happened to Jonas if you read the rest of the series.


Kris - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm 
This list is not complete without Rosemary Sutcliff!



Karen Kane - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 at 10:53 pm 
One of the greatest children’s authors of all time, Astrid Lindgren, is known for writing many wonderful books, not just one or two.


Jane - Thursday Mar 22, 2012 at 8:54 am
at the risk of sounding repetitive – ROALD DAHL!!


Thom - Thursday Mar 22, 2012 at 10:56 am 
Beverly Cleary. L. Frank Baum.


Kate Koenig - Thursday Mar 22, 2012 at 10:58 am 
Brian Jacques! Brian Jacques! Brian Jacques!! What would I have done as a middle schooler without being able to absorb all those weird assorted animal speech patterns? Burr aye.


(译注:Burr aye取自《红城王国》中鼹鼠的口音及用语)

Carol - Thursday Mar 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm 
The problem with lists like this is that educators, librarians, and critics are far more fond of these books than children! As a former fourth grade teacher (and mother of two grown children), I can assure you that these books were usually read only when required by the curriculum. Was a rare child who eagerly plucked them off a book shelf for their reading pleasure!


Reda Rountree - Thursday Mar 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm 
A wonderful list, for sure, but you left off the most gifted children’s writer of the last century, J.M. Barrie. No children’s author has encompassed a kid’s wonderment and excitement and experience the way he did in “Peter Pan.” And no other author has done so much to help children with the writing of one book, leaving it to the Children’s Hospital in London. What an amazing man.



Ellen Mager - Thursday Mar 22, 2012 at 7:11 pm 
I agree that I wished that Natalie Babbit was included in the list, perhaps instead of Philip Pullman and also Frances Hodgson Burnett or Louisa May Alcott instead of Lewis Carroll….. All and all it was a surprisingly good list…



Karen Ann Gagnon - Thursday Mar 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm 
Good list of authors ~ Couldn’t believe you left out Roald Dahl, among some others that I think should have been included:
~ Jean Craighead George: My Side of the Mountin & Julie of the Wolves Series
~ Beverly Cleary: Ramona and Ralph S. Mouse
~ E.B. White: Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web and The Trumpet of the Swan
~ Gary Paulson: Hatchet and Francis Tucket
~ Astrid Lindren: Pippi Longstocking
~ P.L. Travers: Mary Poppins
~ Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit & friends
~ Brian Jacques: The Redwall Series 
These were some of my favorite authors growing up and still are.

写《手斧男孩》和《叫我弗朗西斯塔吉特》的 加里·波森


vbj - Thursday Mar 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm 
Why stop at 10? Katherine Paterson was also the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature.


Karen Ann Gagnon - Thursday Mar 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm
Forgot some other great writers:
~ T.H. White: The Once & Future King 
~ Howard Pyle: Robin Hood & Ivanhoe
~ Mary O’Hara: The Flicka series
~ Marguerite Henry: Misty of Chincoteague (among other great stories)
~ Jim Kjelgaard: the Big Red stories
~ Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: The Shiloh Series
~ L. Frank Baum: The Oz Books
~ Fred Gibson: Old Yeller & Savage Sam
~ Sterling North: Rascal (among others)
~ Dick King – Smith: Babe, the Gallant Pig & The Water Horse
~ Elizabeth George Speare: The Sign of the Beaver and The Witch of Blackbird Pond
~ Mary Norton: Bedknobs and Broomsticks & The Borrowers Series



Sue - Friday Mar 23, 2012 at 9:32 am 
So glad you included Madeleine L’Engle—my favorite author. So many books to love—lots of “stand-alones” as well as the Meg Murry (A Wrinkle in Time, etc.) books and the Vicky Austin books (especially A Ring of Endless Light). Lots of strong female characters, wonderful plots and memorable book titles!

很高兴你选了我最爱的马德琳·英格上榜,有这么多好看的书,很多书与写Meg Murry(《时间的皱纹》中角色)和Vicky Austin(《无尽的铃》中角色)的书一样独具一格,有这么多坚强的女性角色、精彩的故事情节和难忘的书名! 

Karen Ann Gagnon - Friday Mar 23, 2012 at 10:48 am
Let’s Not Forget About These Authors:
~ Walter Farley: The Black Stallion Series 
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder: Little House of the Prairie 
~ L.M. Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables series *among other great works*
~ Betsy Byars: The Blossom Family series *among other great works*
~ Carol Ryrie Brink: Caddie Woodlawn stories
~ Edith Nesbit: Psammead Series (5 Children & It begins the series)
~ Walt Morey: Gentle Ben
~ Eleanor Estes: For her many great works including The Moffats and Ginger Pye


(译注:《温柔的本》电影版由电视版超人主角Dean Cain出演)

Claudia - Friday Mar 23, 2012 at 10:59 am 
Had to read down, down, down the list to thank David for L. Frank Baum, on more for fringeart’s E.B. White, on and on for Susan’s JRR Tolkien, thanks to Reda for J.M. Barrie and to Karen for (hooray) T.H. White, but am I the only one to have read and re-read Thornton W. Burgess? Sitting at the library, reading all of the “West Wind” and “When” stories was such a fond memory that I searched out a copy for my own.

必须往下读呀读呀,谢谢David提到莱曼·弗兰克·鲍姆、fringearte提到E·B·怀特、Susan提到JRR 托尔金、Reda提到詹姆斯·巴里、Karen提到T·H·怀特(喝彩),可只有我一人读过并且再读桑顿·柏基斯么?坐在图书馆里读全套的“西风母亲”和“那时”系列故事是多么美好的回忆,我找了他的一套书自己留着看。

Fiona - Friday Mar 23, 2012 at 11:48 am
Carol, I guess I was that rare child. I read all these books voluntarily, and I’m guessing I’m not alone, judging by all the comments here.
The Chronicles of Narnia were life-changing for me (not so much Phillip Pullman, although he is a great writer and you were right to include him). Obviously, this is a short list, but I agree Roald Dahl, LM Montgomery (also life-changing for me), Astrid Lindgren and Enid Blyton needed to be included. Louisa Mae Alcott and Beverly Cleary and whoever wrote Ramona the Spy were all highly influential, too. 
And I love Suzanne Collins (to address the comment above) and I think she is an excellent writer, but she’s not Top 10. That’s a very tough list to make.


(译注:贝芙莉·克莱瑞曾写Ramona雷梦拉系列,美国第一支朋克乐队就以Ramonas命名,其专辑《Rocket to Russia》还收录了一首名为Ramona的歌,歌词为Sweet sweet little Ramona,I think I'll try and phone her I let her in if you're wondering why Cause she's a spy for the BBI。该专辑于1977年发行,反映了当时冷战美苏争霸下部分美国人的心态,这歌虽然不知所云但显然被记住了。)

Caroline Hughes - Friday Mar 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm 
I was sad not to see Beverly Cleary on the list.


Margaret - Friday Mar 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm 
It’s very difficult to choose just ten authors as the very best, but I encourage all of you pushing for authors like Astrid Lindgren and Dr. Seuss to go back and re-read the opening bit of this article. The selected authors had to have written books in English for the 9-12 age set. I agree that many more authors deserve to be named as “the best”, but I commend this article for taking a shot at the top 10.


Antoinette - Saturday Mar 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm 
Just when I was feeling sad about some of the missing authors on your list, I read the comments and everyone began to mentioned them. I was bummed about Roald Dahl, too. I’m wondering if you limited your list to the authors of chapter books, and not picture books. Lastly, there was no mention of any authors of color. Why not?


Karen Ann Gagnon - Saturday Mar 24, 2012 at 11:51 pm
Going through my old books tonight, I found some more gems that I loved when I was younger:
~ Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
~ Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
~ Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick-King Smith (and The Water Horse)
~ Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
~ Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight
~ Mrs. Frisby & The Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
The authors that wrote these books wrote wonderful stories that transported the reader into another time and place ~
I know for me with my bad legs (and when I was young a stuttering problem) reading these timeless books helped ease the loneliness of my childhood ~



Debbie Stephens - Tuesday Mar 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm 
Margaret peterson haddix???



What about Gail Carson Levine? She wrote Neverland Fairies books (yes, like Tinker Bell and her friends), Dave At Night, and Ella Enchanted!


Amy Leigh Strickland 
I miss Neil Gaiman from this list.



Vinh Nguyen 
I like all of them but Philip Pullman Dark Materials books were epic until someone decided to make a movie. And the outcome was rubbish. Also get rid of C.S.Lewis(read his books but dunno why they're so special) and put in Roald Dahl.


For shame. How can you miss A. A. Milne, J. M. Barrie, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, Astrid Lindgren, and Maurice Sendak?

可耻,怎么能没有A. A.米尔恩、詹姆斯·巴里、安东尼·圣埃克苏佩里、罗尔德·达尔、苏斯博士、阿斯特里德·林格伦和莫里斯·桑达克?