Ever wonder what Robert Munsch did before he became an author, where Roald Dahl’s hatched his twisted plots, or if J.K. Rowling actually drew a floor plan of Hogwarts before she started writing Harry Potter? These interviews and articles explore the curious and fascinating lives and work habits of 6 popular kid-lit authors.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Robert Munsch
The Huffington Post Canada
No Canadian storyteller is more celebrated than Robert Munsch. With over 50 published titles, the children’s author has been stealing our hearts for years with his memorable characters and hilarious stories. When Robert Munsch turned 70 in 2015, Isabelle Khoo shared these 11 little known facts about the famous author.
My years with Roald, by the ‘love of his life’
Felicity Dahl was married to the much-loved children’s writer, Roald Dahl. In this article from The Guardian, she recalls the great man’s charms, his impish generosity, and her special relationship with him.
The Magic of Where the Wild Things Are
Brian Selznick, the author of The Marvels, never intended to make books for kids. In this article from The Atlantic, Selznick reveals how Maurice Sendak altered his career path and showed him the power of picture books.
Interview with J.K.Rowling
Caught in the Harry Potter craze, on February 2, 2000, kids went online to pepper J.K.Rowling with burning questions. From Was it hard to think of the monsters’ names? to How does it feel to know that millions of kids are reading your books? their questions reveal as much about the curiosity of children as it does about author and her characters.
Beverly Cleary on turning 100: Kids today ‘don’t have the freedom’ I had
The Washington Post
When Beverley Cleary turned 100 in 2016, Nora Krug interviewed the prolific author of such classics as Henry Huggins, Beezus and Ramona, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, and Dear Mr. Henshaw. Turns out the feisty lady is still writing.
Little known fact: Theodore Geisel became “Dr Seuss” after he was caught drinking gin with nine others at his Ivy League university and lost his position as editor of the humour magazine. From then on, he contributed pseudonymously, using his mother’s maiden name which was also his middle one. In this article from The Economist, Robert Butler probes Geisel’s strengths, foibles, and the habits that led to his success.