Following the successful format of FAVOURITE WRITERS, this book provides short introductions to the life and work of some the best-known classic children's writers from around the world, from Lewis Carroll to Tolkein, and Frances Hodgson Burnett to E B White.
Introducing key writers whose contribution to literature is unquestioned, the book devotes one spread to each of 13 of them. Each will includes a short biography, brief summaries and quotes from key works, and a short quote by a contemporary writer. A further six are briefly covered on the final spread. Illustrated with historical pictures and photos and written in a punchy and succinct style, this is an engaging and useful source of introductory information on classic writers that children will encounter in English classes and in their own reading.
Nikki Gamble is a lecturer, writer and directs the Write Away education consultancy. She is editor of Write Away! www.writeaway.org.uk, a reader development and creative writing website for teachers. Nikki is an evaluator for the Literature Matters project, which aims to promote children's literature in initial teacher training courses. She has written extensively about children's literature and reading including teachers' materials for Booktrust, and she is co-author of EXPLORING CHILDREN'S LITERATURE (Paul Chapman) and GUIDED READING AT KS2 (University of London, Institute of Education). Nikki currently teaches the Advanced Diploma in Language, Literature and Literacy at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education and contributes to the CPD and PGCE programmes at the University of London, Institute of Education.
Attractive and well-illustrated ... There does seem to have been a genuine effort to find variety and the choice of writers is sure to satisfy curiosity about some old favourites and perhaps to introduce young readers to some new ones.
Books for Keeps
For teachers and young project searchers these guides will make useful source material.
The School Librarian
A lovely introduction ... A tempting read and useful in the home or library.