The best children’s books about writers

Elizabeth Brown Author Of Like a Diamond in the Sky: Jane Taylor's Beloved Poem of Wonder and the Stars
By Elizabeth Brown

The Books I Picked & Why

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

By Suzanne Slade, Cozbi A. Cabrera

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Why this book?

This book is a lyrical, informative, and beautifully illustrated picture book biography about the poet Gwendolyn Brooks. The reader can learn all about her struggles and triumphs to becoming one of America’s most famous writers. This book is ideal for writing for children, and it would make an ideal gift for any child (or adult!) who loves poetry.


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Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen: The Story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl

By Deborah Hopkinson, Qin Leng

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen: The Story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl

Why this book?

A luminous portrait of Jane Austen chocked full of spirited text and shimmery illustrations that capture the times. The story highlights the beginnings of Austen’s great career as a novelist from her youngest days all the way to famous writer. It’s a great addition to any classroom or library. Like Jane Taylor before her, Austen’s success paved the way for women authors to come.


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Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou

By Bethany Hegedus, Tonya Engel

Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou

Why this book?

The story of Maya Angelou is exquisitely told by Bethany Hegedus and beautifully illustrated by Tonya Engel in this stunning picture book biography. Angelou’s writing speaks to all readers. Her powerful life will inspire young readers to express themselves, to create, to believe in their true power, and to rise above all obstacles to follow their dreams.


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Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

By Monica Brown, Julie Paschkis

Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

Why this book?

Monica Brown’s picture book biography of Pablo Neruda is a wonderfully written account of his life and the creation of his beautiful writing and poems that sing, even under the weight of tremendous struggles. The lyrical text soars on the page while Julie Paschkis’ colorful illustrations capture the heart and soul of the poet of the people. This is a must-read!


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16 Words: William Carlos Williams and the Red Wheelbarrow

By Lisa Rogers, Chuck Groenink

16 Words: William Carlos Williams and the Red Wheelbarrow

Why this book?

Every poem has a story about how it came to be, and readers will enjoy the story of “The Red Wheelbarrow,” one of William Carlos Williams’ most beloved poems. The text is engaging and fun, and the colorful illustrations highlight the story well. This a must-read for children and adults alike!


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