Children’s Authors Who Inspired Our Love of Reading

How did our Bookstr team fall in love with reading? Read on and find out which author got them into it!

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For many book lovers, our love for reading started when we were wee lads. But our obsession with books doesn’t always happen overnight. It took a special author to spark that fire within us. Children’s literature was a catalyst and the driving factor for why book readers today are so passionate about words. At least, I know that’s the case for me.

As a child, I had free time to read to my little heart’s desire. So much so that in the fifth grade, I was in second place for reading the most books in my class, with over 150,000 words read within that school year. But someone… cough cough… a kid named Marcus decided to read the entire Harry Potter book series that year. I’m not bitter at all! I swear…

Here is a grand list of authors that the Bookstr team sparked their love for reading so many moons ago!

Jon Scieszka

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I believe I was in 1st or 2nd grade when I first read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Scieszka. This is still one of my favorite stories of all time. I love his approach to reinventing classic tales with a killer twist. Usually, from the villain’s perspective, his children’s stories bring the classic to a more contemporary mindset and critical thinking approach that begs the question, “What’s the truth behind the tale?” Writing this way encourages young children to question the validity of a narrative and to look at all angles before casting judgment. Question authority and use your critical thinking skills to assess a situation and come up with the truth.

Kristi Eskew, Editorial

Margaret Peterson Haddix

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When I was in fourth or fifth grade, I discovered Margaret Peterson Haddix’s The Missing series. The books follow siblings Jonah and Katherine as they go on various adventures to return famous children stolen from the past to their rightful places in history via time travel. (Sounds awesome, right?!) This series was one of my earliest introductions to science fiction, and it’s definitely one of the reasons that sci-fi remains my favorite genre to this day. These books also certainly made me a ravenous reader — I would stay up all night reading them, unable to sleep until I knew what happened next. 

Lauren Nee, Editorial

Ann M. Martin

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While I don’t necessarily have a favorite children’s author, I can say that I truly enjoyed reading Martin’s The Babysitters Club books! They were always really cool to me. I loved that they were part of a series, but you could read them individually, too. I discovered the BCB collection when I was in about third or fourth grade. We had a few of the books at home, and they had also been adapted into a television show, and that’s how I came across the books. I can’t say for sure exactly the first one that I read; I’d never read the books in order. I just remember reading them and falling in love with pretty much all of the characters.

One of the books that I still remember is Mary Ann’s Bad Luck Mystery. This story was quite scary because so many bad things happened to Mary Ann, and during Halloween, no less! I felt for Mary Ann, and this book kept my attention the whole way through. Not to mention, I loved that it was a series set around a diverse group of young teen girls who came up with an idea to make money and give back to their neighbors by helping with their children. The books taught some great lessons, presented realistic scenarios, and were a lot of fun to get into! If only I could travel back in time and read them for the first time again.

Quiarah B/Vphan, Editorial

Gertrude Chandler Warner and Erin Hunter

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Really early on, in 1st grade, I started reading The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner. I fell in love with the series and read every single book that I could check out of my school’s library. Even to this day, they remain a warm memory, and their bonds as siblings make the series such a sweet story.

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My second pick is Erin Hunter (albeit it’s a pen-name for multiple authors), author of the Warriors books. I came across these in maybe 3rd grade and fell head over heels in love. I had to get all 24 books of the main series (at the time, it was 24 — now, it’s much more than that) and still have them. Additionally, even as an adult, I’m still buying new ones and am not ashamed to admit I’m reading books about cats. It’s interesting and nostalgic — I can’t help it! 

Alexandra Mellott, Editorial

Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer

I have loved Mercer Mayer since maybe three or four years old. He is, to this day, my favorite author of all time. His entire Little Critter collection has inspired me to become a children’s author because they bring this warm feeling of comfortability to their readers. His stories are so well-written, and his endearing illustrations are so welcoming. I could not get enough of his stories as a child. I cannot choose a specific book from Mr. Mayer, but my all-time favorite collection is his Little Critter series. 

Erin Ewald, Editorial

Mary Pope Osborne 

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I was around 7 years old when I discovered my love of reading for the very first time, thanks to Mary Pope Osborne. If it weren’t for my 2nd-grade teacher reading at the pace of a snail, I honestly wouldn’t have picked up the book myself and read it, lol. It was some time into the second book, The Knight At Dawn, that I checked out at the school library and had a go at reading. Best decision ever.

I never knew that reading words off a page could create this whole world in your head—the adventures you can take alongside these characters and the chance to understand them personally and emotionally. Reading heightened my creativity and imagination, and I will forever be grateful to Osborne for being the first person to introduce that to me. 

Jaiden Cruz, Graphics

Beverly Cleary

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Beverly Cleary was by far my hugest inspiration when it comes to reading. Her Romona Quimby books began my hearty journey when it came to reading. I was around third grade when I first read one of her self-titled books, but it wasn’t until the fourth of fifth grade, around 9 or 10, when I started reading her books independently. All of her books are special in my heart. She was able to move words together in intricate ways and display childhood family lessons that could carry into your lives.

Sierra Jackson

Our inner children never truly go away. Now, do that? Best believe we revisit these authors from time to time, whether through a reread or in our memories.

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