Looking to explore some children’s author websites with your students? Some children’s authors and children’s illustrators have amazing websites with cool activities, but others are nonexistent or are not the most kid friendly. Whether you’re looking for picture book authors websites or even middle grade novel author websites, here is a great list of authors websites for you to explore with your students!
Picture Book Authors Websites
Just like the man himself, this website is beautiful and interactive. Illustrations from his books and his studio fill the website. Educators, teachers and parents will be especially interested in the Resources section that features videos of him, activities and more. Lots of printable games, coloring sheets, and learning games connected to his books.
Traci Sorell. Her books are stunning and if you’re looking to explore website for a multi-award-winning author of diverse books, look no further. Many of her books are perfect for Native American Heritage Month. Her website has links to videos of her talking about her books, interviews, and some books have attached guides for educators. She also includes links to find resources to make the books come even more alive.
Probably one of the most activity-packed children’s author websites. The website features activities and games related to her MANY books. The activities page is a fun place to just set students loose and let them explore.
A really engaging website for students featuring his most famous character: the pigeon! Students will love watching the “Vid-E-Mos” and trying some of the activities, how-to draw instructionals and games in the Get Busy menu. Also fun is his “Mo!” page that gives some cool facts about him in true Mo fashion.
A favorite author amongst the primary grades, Kevin Henkes has a great website to explore with your students! He has many videos that include read alouds, explanations of some of his books and his writing process for several books. He also has a really robust page for teachers, librarians and parents with activities to accompany many of his most popular books.
Jon Scieszka’s website is another great children’s author website. This one is more geared towards adults, but there are still things for kids. The Educators page includes ideas for activities to go along with some of his books. His For Kids page also includes ideas about the writing process including pictures of real drafts of a book her wrote.
This man is true artist and storyteller. Of the picture book author websites, this is probably the most visually stunning from the get-go. Students can explore the pictures of his many art exhibitions and discover his books. The fun activities are difficult to find, though, because they are buried in the Shop section. Here’s a quick link to the page of his free printable activities
A website that is going the way of many things Dr. Seuss – offering limited free fun. Many of the videos are short clips, so don’t get excited when you see that they have the original Grinch movie from the 80s. It’s just a clip. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t still one of the great children’s author websites. There are plenty of games and activities connected to some of the most beloved of Seuss characters. There is also an educators section that has many other free printable activities.
Laura Numeroff, the author of circular stories like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and other books, also has one of my favorite children’s author websites. The about section gives more information about her. The section you’ll want to focus on, though, is the Education section that has videos of her reading one of her newest books Raising a Hero and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Who can argue with seeing the author of the book reading it themselves? (also a video of a service dog in training!)
Drew Daywalt, the author of the Day the Crayons Quit, has a pretty simple website. The thing that I like the most about it, though, is that it has videos of him reading his books. It really lets ou hear how he imagined the characters sounded.
Best Children’s Book Author Websites
Rick Riordan’s website is just as engaging as his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and his many other “Rick Riordan presents” books. Students can explore his latest books, read more about Rick, and see some common questions he’s asked at author visits. Teachers and educators will love this children’s book author website because of how kid-friendly it is. He also includes teacher guides, activities, school project ideas and downloadable kits for his books.
This website has his personality all over it including a specific page for a “Fun Kid Friendly Bio.” It has all the hallmarks of most children’s author websites like a list of his books and contact info. It also features videos of him reading and speaking (as his website says, he is also a speaker). As of this writing, his “For Teachers” section is still under construction, but there is plenty for educators and students to explore in the other sections.
Another student-friendly website with more information about Jason Reynolds and his books. Students who loved some of his books like Ghost (from his Track Series) or Look Both Ways will love to explore and learn about his philosoophy of writing. He triumphantly proclaims that his plan as a children’s book author is to “Not write boring books.” A simple, but engaging author website.
If your students are looking for a fun website of a graphic novel author, Jarrett Lerner has a great website. He’s the author of the Enginerds and Geeger the Robot, among others. His website is very subtle in terms of color. It reminds me of a sketchbook. He includes some really cool activities that students love like coloring pages, how to draw activities for some parts of his books, and more!
If your students love this classic author, the website is a must visit. Once you open the website, you get a prompt asking if you’re a teacher, kid or grown-up that helps tailor the website for the person exploring it. There are some really fun activities and videos related to the books Create and Learn section.
Best Children’s Book Author Websites
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