Kay E. Vandergrift
Many readers are curious about the creators of the books they enjoy. The more than six hundred links to author/illustrator sites included here will help to satisfy that curiosity. Young people especially want to know about their favorite authors/illustrators because they often feel that an author/illustrator is speaking directly and personally to them through the work. Learning about authors/illustrators can also help young people see possible connections between a creator's life and the works created and encourage them to consider different techniques and approaches to the compositional act.
Included in the sites below are children's and young adult authors and illustrators as well as many adult authors commonly read by young adults.
Learning About Biography
It is important to consider some of the latest critical and scholarly work about biography and autobiography in order to recognize and appreciate developments in these genres for both adults and young people.
Reading Author/Illustrator Biography and Autobiography
There are many biographies and autobiographies of children's authors and illustrators that increase interest and provide insight into their work.
Learning About Authors/Illustrators and Their Work
The author/illustrator sites included in this website are not intended to contain comprehensive information about particular authors/illustrators. Rather some contain biographical, bibliographic, and critical data along with personal responses to selected works, while others provide a small taste of an author's/illustrator's work. The intent is to give site visitors an introduction to and a flavor of the author's/illustrator's work. Additional author/illustrator sites are added on a regular basis.
Created May 10, 1996 and is continuously revised.
SCILS, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey