Where can I find information
about an author or illustrator?
When was Mark Twain born?
Where can I find lessons about authors?
Some authors and illustrators have devoted lots of time to providing a detailed website for their readers. Others see the web as a distraction from their writing and speaking. As a result, author websites are as diverse as the authors themselves.
This page contains information on individual authors as well as links to lists and links pages. In addition, it provides library and classroom ideas. Use the links below to access resources on this page.
- Individual Author Websites
- Book Character & Series Websites
- Collections of Author and Illustrator Information
- Author and Illustrator Link Lists
- Author Connections
As you explore the following sites, notice that the indicates
an exceptional quality resource and the indicates
that sound is available.
Explore websites about specific authors. Some provide just basic information, while others provide indepth discussions, biographical sketches, photographs, book information, and activities. The links are divided into authors who write for beginning readers, middle readers, or young adult/adult readers.
Roald Dahl - requires
Eric Hill (Fun with Spot)
Ezra Jack Keats
Jean Craighead George
Linda Sue Park
Laurie Halse Anderson
Orson Scott Card
Virginia Hamilton -
Many authors are known for their popular characters such as Arthur or Harry Potter or series such as Goosebumps. Many websites are dedicated to these special creations. Explore websites based on characters and series.
Alice by Phyllis
Akin to Anne - Anne of Green Gables
Cut Loose with Dr. Suess
Don't Know Much
Dr. Seuss's Seussville
Little House Books
Into the Wardrobe devoted
to CS Lewis
June B. Jones
Winnie the Pooh from
World of Peter Rabbit
Students enjoy learning about the author and illustrator of the book they are reading. It can be frustrating to collect multiple sources for some authors. These collections are a good place to start. The following websites provide information and interviews with a number of authors and illustrators. They provide original content rather than links to other websites.
Many collections are sponsored by publishers. Look on a book by the author of interest and locate the publisher. See if the publisher has a website with author information.
Authors on the Web
Hundreds of short author biographis for all ages including Nobel Prize winners.
Authors on the Web
Many author bios and links to websites. Includes author bibliographies.
Books by Author from
Great resources on authors at all levels including audio interviews.
Biographies of Authors
and Illustrators from Scoop
Interviews with popular authors for kids and teens.
Extensive collection of transcripts and archives of author interviews and discussions. Mostly books for adults readers.
Short bios including all children's and adults.
CBC Author Links
Lots of great children's book author bios and interviews. Also contains author links.
Author interviews and bios.
Internet Public Library
A few author interviews.
Kansas Authors and Illustrator of Children's Books
Kansas authors and illustrators
Lobster Press Authors
Author information for their authors.
Information about their authors.
Biographies on young readers authors.
Information about Random House authors.
Scholastic: Author Index
Great sources of author information.
Reading celebrity authors.
Teen Reads from
Lots of young adult authors! Great bios and interviews.
Wired for Books
Great collection of interviews and excerpts. Many adult authors.
Sometimes you just want a list of author links. Rather than original content, the following websites provide directories and lists of author and illustrator websites. Try some of the following author and illustrator sites:
Alexlibris's Meet the
Author information and links.
America Writes for Kids
Links to authors and author information. Includes a state-by-state directory. Great for states projects.
Author Websites by
Links to authors.
Author Guides from
Links to many adult authors.
Authors Among Us
Cool list of librarians who are authors! Short bios and links to websites.
Popular authors through history. Great for literature classes.
American Authors on the
Links to hundreds of authors website - many classics
Children's Book Authors
and Illustrators by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Lots of links to authors and illustrators.
CLWG Author Links
Lots of links to authors (some dated)
Fairrosa Cyber Library
Links and birthday list.
Huge directory - rated
Index to Internet Sites
Links to author biographies and information
IPL Author Links - children's
IPL Author Links - children's
IPL Author Links - teen
Kids on the Net
NYPL - teen authors
Marilee's Author Links
Virtual Sharyn November
Links to book authors.
Kay E. Vandergrift's
Lots of links and resources
They also have links where you can listen to authors.
Yahoo: Children's Authors
Yahoo: Young Adult
Yahoo: Adult Authors
Many resources are available for teachers and librarians who wish to share the love of authors with their children. Use the following websites to integrate author-based activities into the classroom.
If you can't find an author's birthday using one of the lists below. Try doing a Google search for the author and add the word birthdate or birthday.
Author Birthdays from
Children & YA Authors'
Becoming an Author
Bibliography of Children
Books and websites about children as writers
Creating A Children's
Discusses how to write books for kids.
Projects by Kids about Authors
Awesome, Acclaimed, Award-Winning
Student project focusing on authors.
Favourite Author by
Students can write about their favorite author and submit it for posting. Postings are fast and current!
Lessons and Resources Based on Authors
42explore: Charles Dickens
42explore: Mark Twain
Children's Authors & Illustrators
Popular children's author and illustrator links. Includes lessons related to the authors too! Great for classroom author projects.
Internet Sampler on Favorite
Questions and web links based on authors.
Kevin Henkes Lesson
Book Lists by Author
Children's Book Council
A list of 75 Authors/Illustrators (Preschool to Grade 8) everyone should know.
Create a lesson focusing on a particular author or book character. What makes this author interesting or unique? Consider ways the Internet resources can be used to bring the author alive for children.