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Patch's Poll: Who Is Your Favorite Children's Book Author?

Today is Read Across America Day, to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. Who is your favorite children's book author? Take our poll and tell us why in the comments!

Today is Read Across American Day, first declared in 1997 to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday."Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school," says the National Education Association, founder of the day. 

It is fitting to ask this question this week as well because of the recent death of Jan Berenstain, who, with her husband, Stan, wrote more than 300 books about the family of bears known as Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear.

"The Berenstain Bears books, gentle best-sellers that enlightened preschoolers for half a century with simple lessons about kindness and tidiness, and reasons not to be afraid of the doctor," wrote The New York Times.

Who is your favorite children's author? What book from your childhood had the most effect on you? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments. And Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

NancyJ March 03, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Patricia Polacco and Richard Peck are my two favorite children's authors.
RONALD M GOLDWYN March 03, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Robert L Stevenson, and he is prior to Dr. Seuss. Then there was Anderson's Fairy Tales. Do you remember those two authors?
Doreen Currie March 03, 2012 at 04:27 PM
for the babies and toddlers I love Sandra Boynton, but once my kids got older I loved sharing Roald Dahl books with them. His sarcastic humor made the books appealing to the adults reading them to their kids, and once JK Rowling brought out the Harry Potter books we were hooked!
Mia VonBeeden March 04, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Grahme Base, his illustrations are masterpieces and his stories are fun and intriguing.
Michelle Petroccio March 04, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Bernard Waber! He had an incredible imagination and was an unbelievable story teller! I had the pleasure of meeting him when my oldest son was in Kindergarten, and have his book, Lysle, Lysle Croccodile autographed to my children. Waber was a guest speaker at Live Oaks School in Milford in 2000.

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