Young People's Literature A look at the big Names
Dr. Seuss • This American author was born in 1904 as Theodor Seuss Geisel in Massachussets. • An artist at heart, he pursued different avenues before being asked to produce children’s books. • One of his first books, A Cat in the Hat, written in 1957. • He created his own writing style, with rimes and Social consciousness that changed Children’s books.
Robert Munsch • Born in 1945 in Pennsylvania, Munsch says he was not very good in school ! • He worked in daycare centers, where he started to compose short stories for the kids. • After many people suggested he should publish his stories, he finally listened ! This was 1971 ! • By that time, he had moved to Canada ( Ontario ) to work.
English authorHelen Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943) • Loved animals and wanted to protct the environment • Her most famous characters are from the Peter Rabbit Collection, which we can find in many young children’s objects ( clothes, room decorations … ) • Recently, a movie was made about her life and struggles
E.B. White A classical American author who wrote 3 children’s books classics : 1952 1945 1970
2 Good Friends J R R Tolkien The Lord of the Rings ( 3 books from 1937 to 1955 ) one of the most popular and influential works in 20th-century literature C.S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia ( 7 books from 1949 to 1954 ) • In continuous publication since 1954 • Over 100 million copies in 41 languages.
Alan Alexander Milne • Milne is most famous for his Pooh books about a boy named Christopher Robin, after his son, and various characters inspired by his son's stuffed animals, most notably the bear named Winnie-the-Pooh( 1926 ). • The name of the character came from a Canadianblack bearnamed Winnie(after Winnipeg), that was used as a military mascot in World War I, and left to London Zoo after the war. • E. H. Shepardillustrated the original Pooh books, using his own son's teddy, Growler ("a magnificent bear"), as the model.
Christopher Robin's original toys are now under glass in New York. • Ownership of the Pooh Empire passed from A A Milne, • to Stephen Slesinger ( a comic strip mogal ) and his family • and finally, to the Disney corporation.
Roald Dahl( 1916 – 1990 ) wrote many books that became popular for your generation (some even were made into movies ! ) The Gremlins ; James and the Giant Peach ; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ( Willy Wonka ); Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator ; The Twits ; Matilda and more …
More Big Names L.Frank Baum : The Wizard of Oz The Brothers Grimm (1816) Fairy Tales ( Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood … )
Mark Twain Charles Dickens : A Christmas Carol L.M. Montgomery ( a Canadian ): Anne of Green Gables