Authors - Autumn 2
Every half term each year group will be learning about a different author. Here are the authors for the winter term. Click on the authors name to learn more about them.
Eric Carle - Year 1
Super facts about Eric Carle
- Eric Carle was born in America but moved to Germany when he was six. He was so homesick he moved back when he was older.
- Many of his books are based on his love and knowledge of nature.
- Carle often uses collage in his books and is known for his use of bright colours, foldouts and different textures.
- As well as writing and illustrating, Eric Carle has found time to introduce a line of children’s games, puzzles and stuffed toys.
- Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books.
- First published in 1969, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has sold over 29 million copies in more than 47 languages.
Eric Carle has won many book and design awards in both the US and around the world.
Oliver Jeffers - Year 2
5 facts about Oliver Jeffers
- Oliver Jeffers was born in Australia but moved to Northern Ireland when he was a boy.
- He used to play the spoons as a boy.
- Olivers’ first book ‘How to Catch a Star’ was based on a childhood memory when he sat by a beach watching the stars.
- Oliver likes to make lots of lists.
- His books have been translated into over thirty languages.
Oliver Jeffers has won numerous awards including the Smarties book prize in 2005 and The Bistro book of the year in 2009. His short films have won many prizes too
Dick King-Smith - Year 3
7 facts about Dick King-Smith
- Dick was in the army, was a teacher and farmer before he started to write books.
- His house was called Diamond Cottage (in Somerset) and his writing office was right at the very top.
- He wrote over 100 books
- Dick had a favourite pig on his farm called Monty who loved it when his nose was scratched.
- Dick holidayed in Tenby in Wales as a child, the same place Roald Dahl used to visit.
- Dick always had a few small dogs, terriers and dachshunds, and a large dog, either a German Shepherd or a Great Dane.
- Dick’s brother, Tony, once had a pet badger called Wilhelmina.
Dick won many awards including The Guardian Fiction Award 1984 for The Sheep Pig, the Children’s Author of The Year 1992 and The Children’s Book Award 1995 for Harriet The Hare.
Michael Rosen - Year 4
Things you didn't know about Michael Rosen…
- I wear size 12 shoes.
- I like speaking French.
- I’m an atheist.
- I love mobile phones.
- I love houmous.
- I can’t live without green warty pickled gherkins.
- I hate racism.
- My father was American.
- I can slide my top lip one way and my bottom lip the other.
- I can play the harmonica.
Michael won the Nestle Smarties prize for We’re Going On a Bear Hunt. He was awarded the Eleanor Farjeon prize for services to Children’s literature in 1997, and was Children’s Laureate from 2007-2009.
J.K. Rowling - Year 5
10 facts about J K Rowling
- JK Rowling and Harry Potter share the same birthday: July 31st
- She wrote her initial Harry Potter ideas on a napkin while on a train to London
- The original Harry Potter manuscript was rejected by 12 publishing houses before Bloomsbury picked it up
- JK Rowling was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 2001
- She filled five notebook pages with made up "Q" words before she came up with "Quidditch"
- Her real name is Joanne Rowling. She has no middle name and instead borrowed the "K" from her grandmother, Kathleen
- JK Rowling went from being unemployed to becoming a multi-millionaire in five years
- She published her first book for adults, THE CASUAL VACANCY, in 2012
- In 2013 she released a crime novel under the pen name "Robert Galbraith"
- JK Rowling's parents met at King's Cross Station, where Harry takes the Hogwarts Express each year.
J.K. Rowling has won numerous awards for the Harry Potter books, including the Whitbread, Red House, Blue Peter and Smarties prizes. She was also awarded an OBE for services to literature in 2001.
C.S. Lewis - Year 6
Six facts about C. S. Lewis
- C.S. Lewis stands for Clive Staples Lewis.
- Lewis wanted to be known as a great poet.
- CS Lewis died on November 22, 1963, a week before his 65th birthday and on the same day as President Kennedy’s assassination.
- When CS Lewis was four, his dog ‘Jacksie’ was run over with a car. Shortly after, he announced his name was now ‘Jacksie’ and would not answer to any other name.
- Lewis himself never learned to type, always depending on pens. He only had one joint in his thumb so found it too clumsy.
- Lewis cared deeply about people. He gave away much of his income to people in need.
CS Lewis was awarded the Carnegie Award, which is the highest honour for children's literature in the UK, for the last of e books in the "Chronicles of Narnia",The Last Battle. Lewis was also offered a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by Winston Churchill in 1951, but Lewis refused to accept.