Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Writers (Kid Legends)

Book 3 of 6 in the Kids Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 7n/an/an/an/a

The series that includes Kid Presidents, Kid Artists, and Kid Athletes now chronicles the lives of Kid Authors! Here are true tales of famous writers, from long before they were famous—or even old enough to drive. Did you know:

Sam Clemens (aka Mark Twain) loved to skip school and make mischief, with his best friend Tom, of course!
• A young J. R. R. Tolkien was bitten by a huge tarantula—or as he called it, “a spider as big as a dragon.”
• Toddler Zora Neale Hurston took her first steps when a wild hog entered her house and started chasing her!

The diverse and inclusive cast includes Roald Dahl, Beverly Cleary, J. K. Rowling, Langston Hughes, Jules Verne, Lewis Carroll, Stan Lee, and many more.

Educator resources:

Download Kid Authors Educator's Guide 


Enter Your Class in the Kid Authors Writing Contest  



Hardcover, 200 pages
Published on October 10, 2017 by Quirk Books
ISBN-10: 1594749876
ISBN-13: 9781594749872
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  • 123west
    123westSaturday, November 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm44 stars
    Every famous author was once a kid. This is a book about famous authors that are adults now. When they were kids, these had the same problems as some kids do. Some grew up to be storytellers and others did not share their imaginative stories with other people. For example, Langston Hughes had a to deal with divorce and J.K. Rowling had to fight bullies at her school. These people are some examples of author's childhoods. They were a kid at one point, just like you! Overall I enjoyed the illustrations and learned a lot about my favorite authors.
    • Adorkable <3Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 1:48 pm
      I need this book it is AMAZING !!
      • hiThursday, November 9, 2017 at 6:00 am
        I want this book.
        • JusticeMonday, November 6, 2017 at 9:10 am
          This book looks interesting I hope I can get a copy of it soon! PLZ
          • 1234512345Monday, November 6, 2017 at 8:06 am
            Its amazing
            • minersteph117
              minersteph117Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 12:09 pm
              I would love to win a copy of Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Writers (Kid Legends). I’ve read books by some of the authors and have only heard of some. I have written to J.K. Rowling for a class project. I know Stan Lee is famous for all the Marvel superheroes. I love writing my own stories and hope to write a book when I grow up that someone on here might win to read someday. I would love to read stories about them as kids for more inspiration.
              • stitch123
                stitch123Friday, November 3, 2017 at 4:17 pm55 stars
                Can I have it please? I found this book fascinating!
                • bearpawzeus66
                  bearpawzeus66Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 4:12 am
                  I can't check it out and I'm dying to read it!!
                • grapefruit
                  grapefruitFriday, November 3, 2017 at 4:57 am55 stars
                  SOUNDS AWESOME!!!!I saw an ad for this book and thought: I WANT IT!!!!! I think it would be fun to learn about the lives of all our favorite authors, so YES!!!! I WILL read this!!!
                  • IRISH DANCER 15Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 9:52 am
                    I read the president version of this
                    • cybill
                      cybillTuesday, October 31, 2017 at 2:39 pm55 stars
                      Sounds really, really good!!!!!!!!!!! 😇