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Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Writers

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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  293 ratings  ·  80 reviews
The series that includes Kid Presidents, Kid Artists, and Kid Athletes now chronicles the lives of Kid Authors! Here are true tales of famous writers, from long before they were famous—or even old enough to drive. Did you know:

• Sam Clemens (aka Mark Twain) loved to skip school and make mischief, with his best friend Tom, of course!

• A young J. R. R. Tolkien was bitten by
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Quirk Books
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Lucy Banks
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Accessible, fun and very addictive to read!

I originally got this for myself (despite being 35 years old), but my 8 year old son swiftly nabbed it off me and devoured it in a few sittings. So, this review is based on my opinions of the chapters that I did get to read (about half), plus my son's very enthusiastic review.

It's an absolutely lovely idea for a book - approaching authors in an entirely different way, and ex
Kid Authors provides many wonderful anecdotes from some of the most beloved authors’ childhoods. A few of the authors include J.K. Rowling, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Ronald Dahl, and Judy Blume, to name a few. These stories relate how their childhood experiences shaped their lives and their fiction. A recurrent theme found in the book is that most of these authors had to deal with bullies and overcome problems like shyness and family difficulties and still persevered. The histories were very ...more
Lisa Straubinger
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Kid Authors is a collection of short biographies on a wide array of authors. Each biography includes a few unique facts about the author's childhood, people who were important to the author and ways in which the author was connected to reading and writing. The passages were just enough to tease the reader and give a little background, but could leave the reader wanting more. The one thing that stood out to me was the vast variety of authors included in the book making this a title that didn't fo ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
Do you love to hear the backstories of people? Do you like to find out about the stories in people's lives that other biographies leave out? Are you a person who likes to see the human side of celebrities?

That's me. And this is the book for you.

Kid Authors shares stories about the divorce of the parents of poet Langston Hughes, Sherman Alexie's hydrocephalus, and Roald Dahl's love affair with candy. All the stories you didn't know you wanted to know.
Bryony Nelson
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
A great book with such insightful stories about the authors we all know and love. This would be a fantastic gift for my sister!
I have conflicting feelings about this book. After further deliberation about the book, I decided to give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

While I applaud Stabler's writing style and work as a whole to make these kinds of stories accessible to young children, I'm not quite sure who his target audience is. The publisher's site says 8-12, but the writing may come off as pandering to a 12 year old and many of the authors will be ones an 8-10 year old hasn't read. For example, the first story is about J.R.R T
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I learned a lot of fun and interesting facts about some popular authors. I also learned stuff about authors I've never heard of before. Great illustrations too! ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read for an adult and cool for kids. I found it will thought out and kind to the research that was entailed. It was a great resource in helping some kids find an author they could think is cool, and it was fun to envision their lives.
Bookworm LLC
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With its easy reading and humorous illustrations, this book is for both children and adults. I learned so much about my favorite authors: their childhood, their inspiration for their stories. David Stabler is a great story teller, I never felt like I was reading a bibliography.
Ashley Adams
Cute stories for young adults about authors when they were young.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers & writers, both kids & adults!
Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Writers is a great selection for a middle-grade budding author or avid reader. Author David Stabler's text is compelling and engaging, with just a mere hint of challenge to push a young reader's vocabulary (but nowhere near enough to frustrate her). He includes both highlights and some lowlights of a wide variety of authors, from ones young readers will have most likely read, to ones they should read – and stories about their lives may well en ...more
Amy Nicole
This is a great collection of stories from the childhoods of famous authors. I loved reading these vignettes from the lives of authors that I love and authors that I know my students love, too. The stories are written with just enough embellishment that they're exciting and entertaining, and I was very pleased with how inspirational as well as entertaining many of the stories were.

This would be great to use in a classroom as part of an author study, or just to read through to discuss themes of
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As always, the illustrations for this series provides for very entertaining read and the writing adds the interesting fun and surprising facts about the authors as a child.
Melissa Chung
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
First I want to thank Quirk Books for sending me this copy of Kid Innovators for an honest review.

I was interested to read and review this book because I work in an Elementary School as a 3rd grade Instructional Aide and I thought my 3rd graders would love this book. As an avid reader I was excited to read this book and to share it with my students, so that they might find an author to admire, or better yet, maybe they would want to write their own stories, like the authors mentioned. I own both
Quirk books have instantly become one of my favorite publishers over the last two years. Whenever I see their name, I have come to expect the highest quality book around. The latest edition of Kid Legends is no exception.

This book covers a wide variety of authors, the ones they did not dedicate full stories too are included in the index in the back. Shakespeare to Rowling to Woolfe, the authors included in the book cover a variety of genres, so it would be at the teacher/parents discretion whet
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Choice book #2 Quarter 3

The book is Kid Authors, by David Stabler, the book genre is a autobiography.

This story is about authors when they were little. But also what were there attitudes and some hard times they were going through, but also the happy times. But also there adventures through forest and in there bedroom building things using the imagination to be used in there future books.

J.K. Rowling, Sherman Alexie, and Lewis Carroll

J.K. Rowling when she was little had a very big imagination
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
This collection of short biographies of famous authors focuses on each author as a child, and what childhood experiences and situations led that person to become a writer.
Including interesting biographies about authors such as Lucy Maud Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jules Verne, Mark Twain, Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, Sherman Alexie, and Stan Lee; this book covers authors from a wide variety of backgrounds and time periods for an eclectic look at what inspires readers to beco
I received a digital ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Review also posted on my blog, Books and Big Ideas

Kid Authors is a new middle grade (on the lower end of that spectrum, I would say) nonfiction book from Quirk Books in their series of fun stories about famous people when they were younger. Written by David Stabler, the book has many delightful color illustrations by Doogie Horner.

The book covers a diverse selection of authors, although most of them would be f
Kid Authors (Kid Legends) review…
Reading Stan Lee’s origin story is a ton of fun. Seeing how childhood experiences, such as Roald Dahl’s love of candy or J.K. Rowlings wizards and witches imaginary play inspired their authorial accomplishments is intriguing. Reading the backstory of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Lucy Maud Montgomery is delightful. Romping through the childhood adventures of Mark Twain, J.R.R. Tolkien and Jules Verne is fascinating. Seeing Langston Hughes, Beverly Cleary and Jeff Kinn
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
First of all, HUGE props to the illustrator, Doogie Horner, for some of the most amazing illustrations I've seen in quite some time. I'd go so far as to say they would make truly excellent bookmarks. *hint hint* Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Writers by David Stabler is a collection of short biographies of famous authors covering their childhood and why they wanted to become authors. Up front I need to make a few critical remarks. While this was written for a child audience, I ...more
Teri Pardue
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I stole this from my kids this week because the pictures drew me in. It's a nice little collection, and I liked that the stories were about a diversity of authors (racially, time period they lived in, and genre of writing).

However, if it hadn't been for the quirky little pictures, I don't think I would have read it in its entirety. The author seemed to lack direction with his writing. Some stories read like biographies: citing dates (birth, when events happened, etc) and giving an overview of th
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great book for the classroom! As a teacher, I am always looking for a book to share with my students. Kid Authors provides not just entertaining and humorous anecdotes about 16 well known authors but also provides a wealth of ideals to springboard into reading projects and experiences. The reading level is appropriate for upper elementary to intermediate grades and the authors included would all have works appropriate for students to explore. The authors included cover a variety of nationaliti ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Opening line:
"Everybody loves a good story--and we all know that a well-told story has a beginning, a middle, and an end."

This was a fun and quick book to read. Little interesting insights to a few writers with cute illustrations for each.
Ronald, aka, J.R.R. Tolkein was bit on the foot by a Baboon Tarantula. They are ginormous! Remind you of anything spiders in his stories?
Roald Dahl loved candy. When he was thirteen he was sent to a dismal school BUT it doubled as an undercover testing lab fo
Stay Fetters
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Kid Authors should be an instant classic to all. It's a fantastic and fun way to learn more about the authors that change our lives everyday.

With every author, I learned something new about each and every one of them. My favorites have to be Edgar Allan Poe and Stan Lee. They are all very interesting and the illustrations go well with the stories.

My lower rating has to do with one author who I dislike immensely. I didn't like her before and I sure as heck don't like her after this. Everyone wh
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Kid Authors, many authors that kids might encounter, on their own or in school, are highlighted in an easily digestible way. Writers such as Langston Hughes, Mark Twain, Roald Dahl, Stan Lee, and J. K. Rowling are featured. Interesting and humorous tales from their youth are shared, many that will be little known to students. Some of these tales give fabulous examples of where the authors got their ideas or hardships they had to overcome in order to realize their dreams of writing.

Kid Authors
Stacy Blomquist
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway, nonfiction
As a parent and an English teacher, I find this collection of tales about the childhood of famous authors to be quite engaging. The book profiles classic authors like Mark Twain and Langston Hughes, as well as less high-brow authors like Stan Lee and Beverly Cleary. The pages are filled with colorful illustrations which help convey the stories and appeal to children visually. The book concludes with an ample bibliography of sources the author used to research the book. As a teacher, I applaud th ...more
Jen Nishi
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC by Netgalley and publishers of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I adored this book! The writing was whimsical and kid friendly and the illustrations were funny and charming. I think we often see these great big authors like the ones David Stabler writes about in the book as so amazingly renowned and dignified we forget that, at some point, they were once kids and we all know that kids do ridiculously wonderful things. I am sure that this book and its stories it tell
Erin Hussey
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
My 9 year old and I both really enjoyed this book.
Stabler tells the stories of several famous authors- of their childhoods and how they began writing. Each story is brief although really interesting and contains pictures throughout.
Some of the authors included in the book are favorites like Mark Twain, JK Rowling, Edgar Allen Poe, and Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid author).
As avid readers, we both loved this book and I would highly recommend, especially for middle grade levels. Would be a g
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I would have loved this book if it had been around when I was a kid. The only true stories I read about people were basically the Childhood of Famous Americans series. I liked that this was a collection and each author gets more than just a couple pages, but it's not too long. I enjoyed not just the authors I already knew about (like Beverly Clearly and L.M. Montgomery), but especially the authors whose stories I didn't know (Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne, Langston Hughes.)
I read it cover to cove
Katrina Winchell
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
This book is a great introduction to the historical background of children-friendly authors. It brings a sense of connection between children of today and the children that grew up to write the stories that the children of today read. There are some great facts and antidotes about everyone from Stan Lee to Zora Neale Hurston to J.K. Rowling. Kids can relate to them despite these authors growing up in a time before modern social technology. I highly recommend this read for anyone who is a fan of ...more
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