Do you know any English author for children?

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I hope you are all enjoying our comments.

For my second post I decided to talk about Julia Donaldson. This week in class we had the opportunity to know more about some English authors that write books for children. In my case, I had to look for information and I got very impressed about some of the things I found.

Julia is an English author that was into literature since she was very small, when she was used to write shows and choreograph ballets for her and her sister. She decided to study Drama and French at Bristol University, where she met a guitar-playing medic with whom she married.

Gruffalo reading Songbirds

The first thing that impressed me a lot is to know how she started: with busking. This is the practice of performing in public places and she did this with her husband, Malcolm. This led them to perform in TV programs for children and then even to publish some Cd’s.

Other thing that caught my attention and that I think it’s very important is her capacity to work with other people. As I said, she worked with her husband, but also with other professionals like the illustrator Axel Scheffler. An anecdote about her relationship with Axel is that they do not work “together”, Julia writes something and Axel sends her letters with the pictures he thinks are good for her books.

It was also very interesting for me that huge amount of different books she has written: poems, songs, educational books, audiobooks, phonic books…

There are a lot of interesting things that we could take into account about this author, for this reason, if you want to know more about her, here is her official web page.

From my point of view, this was a great chance to know what kind of literature we can show to our students. As we grew up reading Spanish literature, it is more or less easy for us to know what types of books are good for our future students but, in the case of English authors, I have to say that I was very lost.

In summary, I would like to say that I really enjoyed looking for information about Julia Donaldson and also hearing what my classmates had to say about other English authors.

To finish with, I would like to mention the other authors we dealt with in class, just in case you want to know them for your classes ;). They are Eric Carle, Beatrix Potter, E.B. White, David Shannon, Marc Brown, Roald Dahl, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss and A.A. Milne.

I invite you to comment on the post and share your ideas!

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