I asked my son about this, and he gave me three to start off with; all good authors, and just shows that he has good taste.
Roald Dahl is still famous despite having died in 1990; his books are hugely popular with generations after generations of kids, as they grow up and share the stories with their children.
He’s clever and funny and talented because he knows precisely what makes kids laugh. His stories are full of characters with personality; they might be ugly personalities, like Mr & Mrs Twit, or clever like Matilda – but they’re interesting and funny and make you want to read more.
I’m 38 years old and read the books when I was a child. I can still remember the stories now because they’re so good, and I love re-reading them now even as an adult; that’s how good they are.
If you don’t know who J K Rowling is, then you must have been hiding under a rock somewhere! She has created the brilliant universe of witchcraft and wizardry, with Harry Potter at its centre; seven fantastic books about his years at Hogwarts School. I worked in a library when the books started coming out, and I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about; shows that I don’t always know what I’m talking about!
The books are hugely popular; so are the films, the play based on Harry Potter’s adult life, and some more films set before Harry Potter was even born. J K Rowling probably didn’t imagine in her wildest dreams that it would end up so popular and for so long; twenty years after I first encountered the books, I’m reading them to my son, and he is equally enthralled by them. Brilliant!
Who else? Well, there’s loads; Jacqueline Wilson, Dick King-Smith, David Walliams … I could go on and on. Who are your favourites?