Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Writers

Kid Authors, the fourth installment in David Stabler and Doogie Horner's Kid Legends series (Kid Presidents), is a collection of stories about the humble beginnings of 16 famous authors, including classic writers Langston Hughes and Laura Ingalls Wilder and modern authors J.K. Rowling and Jeff Kinney.

Stories are organized into three sections: "It's Not Easy Being a Kid" (overcoming obstacles), "All in the Family" (influential family members) and "The Write Stuff" (writers' inspirations). Vibrant, cartoonish vignettes with humorous asides on every page illustrate well-researched, accessible text filled with lesser-known facts, such as Lewis Carroll's penchant for building snow mazes for his siblings to solve.

This is an ideal gift for aspiring young writers who may need proof that even the most famous authors had to start somewhere. --Lana Barnes, freelance reviewer and proofreader

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