Below we’ve highlighted ten children’s authors who could be set to take over in 2015.
Danny Wallace is not a stranger to the world of writing, having released several lifestyle books filled with humour and advice on making the most of life and being kind to others. His first venture into children’s books however was an eye-opener, revealing Danny’s talent for engaging with kids and creating funny and relatable characters. Hamish and the Worldstoppers has been an instant hit, establishing the series as one we’ll be talking about for a while. The story is a fast-paced adventure with Hamish battling to save the world from an alien invasion. Your little ones will definitely be looking for more from Danny Wallace this year!
Author and illustrator Steve Antony’s debut picture book The Queen’s Hat has already gained him a huge following as well as a host of award nominations. His second book Betty Goes Bananas and third book Please Mr Panda have both been equally well received and have established Steve as one to watch. His illustrations are stylish, quirky and charming, and the stories themselves are timeless. And the good news is that there are lots more to come this year too!
Patricia Cleaveland-Peck actually published fourteen children’s books while her children were young, but moved onto adult books and plays once her little ones had grown up. Luckily for us, the arrival of Patricia’s young granddaughter inspired her to return to children’s fiction and her new stories are certainly turning heads. It’s by no means a debut, but her crazy, chaotic picture book You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus has taken Patricia to new heights and definitely makes her an author to watch. This is a story that we’ll all enjoy for years to come, but that won’t stop us from eagerly awaiting more of the same as well.
Demolition Dad is the first book for younger readers from Phil Earle, who has previously been best-known for his award-winning teen fiction such as The Bubble Wrap Boy. Giving David Walliams a run for his money, Demolition Dad is already being talked about as the funniest book of the year. With comparisons like that you can’t go wrong; Phil is definitely an author to watch!
It’s rare that you find a debut that quickly seems like a classic, but Katherine Rundell’s award-winning Rooftoppers has achieved just that. A fantastical adventure set in Victorian Paris, this incredible piece of storytelling was one of the most-talked-about debuts of 2013. Featuring one of the gutsiest heroines you’ll ever meet in a book, Katherine has secured herself as an author that we’ll all be keeping an eye out for. And with her next book due later this year we won’t have long to wait to read more from her.
Since The Great Escape was published in 2012, Megan’s heartwarming books about animals in war time have been steadily gaining in popularity. Told with compassion, these books are topical, historically accurate, and gripping. 2015 sees the publication of 2 more books – including The Runaways – and is expected to be Megan’s most successful year yet.
Film/TV writer and director Drew Daywalt made his debut in picture books with The Day the Crayons Quit. A beautiful, colourful, imaginative adventure, the voices of the crayons ring out about the importance of consideration and understanding. This unique story introduces wonderful new characters to children and may even convince them to pick up the pink crayon from time to time. Sequel The Day the Crayons Came Home is due out later in 2015.
Chris Riddell has been writing and illustrating bestselling childrens books for a long time, but the Goth Girl books – there are 2 so far – have introduced him to a new audience. Retaining the originality he’s already known for, Goth Girl stands out from other children’s books and will be enjoyed by children and parents alike.
Andy is already Australia’s #1 children’s author, and now we get to find out why! His crazy stories about the world’s best treehouse are packed with wonderful illustrations that will capture the imagination of anyone who’d quite like to be outside building their dream den, but happens to be inside getting stuck into a great book instead. The 26 Storey Treehouse and The 39 Storey Treehouse are out in the UK later this year!
Combining all the hallmarks of a great picture book; rhyming text, counting backwards, humour and colourful illustrations by Simon Rickerty, this debut has been a runaway success. Continuing to capture the imagination of little ones, Mike Brownlow has just published Ten Little Princesses with great success and Ten Little Dinosaurs is out soon. We’re expecting many more great things to come from this children’s author.
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