01 Nov Book Review: Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Writers
If you are looking for a way to inspire your kids, or just need a new book to read aloud to your kids at bedtime, I am so excited to share a wonderful option with you (and spoiler alert: IT’S PART OF A SERIES!).
A little known fact about the books we read is that they often include nonfiction books. My kids love science, art and history books, but I love when I can add books to our library that include real stories of amazing people. My kids may not understand we are reading about real people who lived or live amazing lives, but they do love the adventures and the stories. You get just that and more in the book, Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Writers written by David Stabler and illustrated by Doogie Horner. I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Kid Authors may feel familiar. You may have heard of Kid Presidents by David Stabler and Doogie Horner. But did you know since 2014, David Stabler and Doogie Horner have also collaborated on Kid Athletes, Kid Artists and NOW Kid Authors? This series is brilliant! Taking childhood stories from well known people (in this case, Authors!), kids get to peek in to the lives of kids just like them who became amazing grown ups. I wasn’t really sure what to expect; some biography stories can be very dry and not very engaging for kids. NOT SO with Kid Authors. The stories are so fun, my four year old even loved the Kid Authors book INTRODUCTION. I loved that the stories really are kid friendly and address issues all kids face: JRR Tolkien faced a scary spider, JK Rowling got into fights at school, Langston Hughes had a challenging childhood, but he loved to read.
These great stories inspire not just kids, but adults too. I learned so much reading Kid Authors. It’s really amazing to see the childhoods of these famous authors. Sometimes, we forget that gifted writers (or presidents, artists and athletes), all started like each of us and like our kids – as kids.
Each chapter highlights a different author, and the chapters are about 10-12 pages long. The illustrations in Kid Authors are so fun. With vivid expressions, the cartoon artwork really bring the stories to life. Kids will love the added dimension of the illustrations in Kid Authors.
Kid Authors was written for kids ages 9-12 years old. However, my kids are all under 6 years of age and they really enjoyed Kid Authors. It was not over their heads! I mentioned earlier, this would be great as a bedtime book to read aloud. I keep imaginging kids drifting off to sleep with dreams inspired by great Authors and their childhoods.
With Christmas right around the corner, I would highly recommend gifting Kid Authors to the kid in your life! It’s a great book to inspire readers and encourage writers.
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