9 Amazing Author Websites for Kids of All AgesLeticia Barr
Reading fiction books takes our kids on incredible adventures with memorable characters, and there’s no better way to dive deeper into imaginary worlds than with amazing author websites. The best websites by authors offer a glimpse into the spectacular worlds that beloved characters inhabit, along with juicy tidbits that reveal more about who they are, a peek into the mind of the author who created favorite stories, and activities like interactive content, printables, and parent resources. Here are 9 amazing author websites that are fun regardless of what age you are!
9 Amazing Author Websites for Kids of All Ages 1 of 10
Kevin Henkes 2 of 10
Books you know: Lily's Purple Plastic Purse, Sheila Rae the Brave, Owen, Chrysanthemum
Reasons to love this site: Henkes' website allows families to better get to know the author of their favorite charming picture books, thanks to videos that allow you to meet the author and get his perspective on your favorite titles. A six-minute video called "Meet Kevin Henkes" is fun to watch together to get a look inside the author's studio, his early inspirations, and creative process.
Visit the site: www.kevinhenkes.com
Image courtesy of KevinHenkes.com
Dr. Seuss 3 of 10
Books you know: Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Oh the Places You'll Go, There's a Wocket in My Pocket, Fox in Socks, and so many more!
Reasons to love this site: Seussville is a virtual playground, filled with interactive learning games based on characters from Dr. Seuss books, videos, printable activities, and information about the author — including a timeline which is great for school author reports!
Visit the site: www.seussville.com
Image courtesy of Seussville.com
Jeff Kinney 4 of 10
Books you know: Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Reasons to love this site: Wimpy Kid fans who have been anxiously awaiting Hard Luck, the latest installment of the series, can get a sneak peek on WimpyKid.com that features a video with author Jeff Kinney, an interactive crystal ball to shake for Hard Luck book hints, and cool factoids about the author that are a must-read for any super fan!
Bonus content: Visit the free Wimpy Kid Club site for Wimpy Kid-themed games, a look at Greg Heffley's neighborhood including who lives where, and inside scoop on each member of the Heffley family — although you may not really want to know these things about Rodrick!
Visit the site: www.wimpykid.com
Image courtesy of WimpyKid.com
Susan Meddaugh 5 of 10
Books you know: Martha Speaks, Martha Calling, Martha Walks the Dog, Martha Blah Blah, and Perfectly Martha.
Reasons to love this site: Delightful talking dog Martha is just as fun as she is on the computer as she is in books and on her PBS show, as she helps kids learn new words by using them in context, and also providing the definition through games on the Martha Speaks section of PBSKids.org. Parents can get an overview about what the different games teach kids through the site tour.
Bonus content: Since Martha is a shelter dog, the site also features ways that families can help animals. There are ideas for how to support animal shelters, tips for understanding and caring about pets, a list of recommended books about dogs for your dog lover, and helpful resources that provides children in grades K-2 with a better understanding of how dogs communicate.
Visit the site: www.pbs.org/parents/martha/
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Grace Lin 6 of 10
Books you know: Round is Mooncake, The Ugly Vegetables and Where The Mountain Meets the Moon.
Reasons to love this site: Lin's site allows families to learn about Chinese culture in an interactive way. Kids can learn Chinese with the correct pronunciation thanks to audio guides and character studies from The Ugly Vegetables and Where The Mountain Meets the Moon. It's also fun for kids to go on a virtual field trip of her studio, get ideas for crafts inspired by her different books, and read about the other careers she could have pursued instead of becoming a children's book illustrator.
Bonus content includes: Learning a new Chinese word a day through Lin's blog.
Visit the site: www.gracelin.com
Image courtesy of GraceLin.com
Judy Blume 7 of 10
Books you know: Freckle Juice, Superfudge, Fudge-a-Mania, Double Fudge, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Blubber, Tiger Eyes, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Forever, and more!
Reasons to love this site: Young writers can be inspired by the "On Writing" section of the site, where she shares what works for her. I love her advice on "Write from the Inside" which is great for all young writers: "The best books come from someplace deep inside. You don't write because you want to, but because you have to. Become emotionally involved. If you don't care about your characters, your readers won't either." She also features developing your own style, rewriting, tips on getting published, how she felt when her work was rejected by publishers, the importance of teachers, and what the writing life looks like and why it includes donuts.
Bonus content: Judy Blume's books span a range of ages and her site features fun information for fans through her "For Kids" page that includes how she became an author, resources for writing a report, trivia about her books, and how she got the idea for the cover art for her books.
Visit the site: www.judyblume.com
Image courtesy of JudyBlume.com
Eric Carle 8 of 10
Books you know: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Papa Get the Moon for Me, Today is Monday, Mister Seahorse, and many more!
Reasons to love this site: Slideshows featuring how Carle paints his tissue papers, creates pictures, and made collages for Mister Seahorse can be found on his site. There's also a short video of Carle reading his famous The Very Hungry Caterpillar, that is fun for young fans to see.
Bonus content: For families teaching their kids another language, there's an audio gallery of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in simplified and complex Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Lithuania, Maori, and Norwegian on his site.
Visit the site: www.eric-carle.com
Image courtesy of eric-carle.com
Mo Willems 9 of 10
Books you know: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny, Elephant & Piggie, and more!
Reasons to love this site: Multiple links from MoWillems.com lead kids and parents to different microsites with tons of content. GoMo.net features interactive games, like the Bedtime Game, Spot the Dinosaur, Alligator Wants to Play, and Knuffle Bunny's Baggage Claim Game, that include audio cues good for younger kids who may not read independently yet.
Visit the site: www.mowillems.com
Image courtesy of MoWillems.com
Jan Brett 10 of 10
Books you know: The Mitten, The Hat, Gingerbread Baby, The Three Snow Bears, Hedgie's Surprise, Daisy Comes Home, and so many more!
Reasons to love this site: Video drawing tutorials help young fans learn to draw favorite animals from her stories while Hedgie's Book-a-Matic will match young readers with a Jan Brett book based on their interests.
Visit the site: www.JanBrett.com
Images courtesy of JanBrett.com
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