Before They Were Authors

Today I have a book that looks at kids before they were authors.  It is told in graphic novel format.  All of the individuals profiled became famous writers and none took the same path.  It is a lovely to way to show kids how author’s lives influence their writing and that maybe they too could become famous authors in the future.

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Title: Before They Were Authorsbefore they were authors

Author: Elizabeth Haidle

Target: Grades 3-6

Series: No

What this book is about:

Told in graphic novel format, this book profiles the childhood of 10 authors from J.K. Rowling to Roald Dahl.  The reader learns of Mark Twain who had to leave school when he was twelve and Beatrix Potter who lived with a menagerie of animals.  Each profile includes quotes from the actual author and shares what inspired them.

Why I love this book:

  • The more I read the more fascinated I become about what influenced the authors of my favorite books.  I find it so interesting to understand what motivated them and how that affected the stories they wrote.  From a young age you start to see what propelled their thinking.
  • I like kids to realize that they too can become authors, even if they don’t see themselves that way when they are young.  Inspiration can come from a variety of places and lives can take plenty of turns.
  • Love the graphic novel format.  This book is very readable and kids will pick up a lot of information without feeling intimidated.  The illustrations are also beautifully done.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who are interested in writing or those who love the books of the profiled authors.  Kids who enjoyed Kid Authors will like this one.

Final thoughts:

The author made some interesting choices.  Including Dr. Seuss and not mentioning the issues of his books around race seems a bit shortsighted.  Also including C.S. Lewis and not including the influences of Christianity in his books felt disengenuous.  But I did appreciate the the inclusion of authors of different races, genders and ages.  So a mixed bag here.

To purchase this book:

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