High Five: Author's Sites

Visiting an author's website can be a fun way to learn more about books you like and the people who wrote them.  Lots of authors offer information about themselves and the books they've written.  But, some author's sites go the extra mile.  Here, in alphabetical order, are my five favorite children's book author's sites and why I love them.

1. Jan Brett
Jan Brett is the author and illustrator of dozens of books for children. Each of Brett's books are jam-packed with beautiful, meticulously detailed drawings.  At JanBrett.com, you can have lots more fun will Brett's amazing illustrations. Visit the Activities, Coloring Pages, and Murals links to find hundreds of free printable gems that correspond with and use characters from Brett's books.  The amazing offerings are FAR too many to list.  A few cool examples are bookmarks, calendars, murals of her books' scenes, math flashcards, and this fantastic Chinese Zodiac Chart.
2. Dav Pilkey
Dav Pilkey is best known as the author of the Captain Underpants series about two fourth graders and a superhero who is really the nice alter-ego of their grouchy school principal.  Captain Underpants and Pilkey's many other books are featured at Pilkey.com.  Pilkey's site is designed in keeping with the imaginative, irreverent style that made kids fall in love with his books. Visit the Groovy Games pages to find bunches of online games featuring Pilkey's characters, and check out Junk, Stuff, and Thingies to find coloring pages, e-cards, music, and Pilkey's entire first book, World War Won.  Find even more goodies by visiting the Duh? and New Stuff links.

3. Judy Schachner
Judy Schachner is the author of Skippyjon Jones, one of my most favorite picture books.  At SkippyjonJones.com, visit the Downloads page to find cool wallpapers, worksheets, and coloring pages.  Click over to the Teachers page to find curriculum connections, a readers' theater script, and other activities to go with the Skippyjon books.   Also check out the Videos and Games pages.

4. Marilyn Scott-Waters
Marilyn Scott-Waters is the author of The Toymaker and The Toymaker's Christmas. TheToymaker.com is filled to the brim with printable fun.  Click over to the Free Toys page to find a long list of detailed, colorful illustrations to print and play with.  Finger puppets, stationery, a fairy wand and a bunny bowling set are among the prizes Scott-Waters offers.  Then check out the Holidays page to get printable activities for holidays through the year.

5. Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein was an amazing multi-talented artist who has been one of my favorite authors since I was in elementary school.  Over ten years since Silverstein's death, students still can't get enough of the unique and usually silly poetry in A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends. ShelSilverstein.com has tons of cool resources for kids and adults including e-cards, online games, animated poems, Poetry Month activities and lots more.

Images from JanBrett.com, Pilkey.com, TheToymaker.com, SkippyjonJones.com.

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