The Best Children’s and YA Authors for Teachers to Follow on Twitter, Facebook and Beyond

Calling all kid-lit fans: By following your favorite authors on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, you can keep up to date with their work and get a sneak peek at their lives and writing processes. Plus, many of our […]

Calling all kid-lit fans: By following your favorite authors on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, you can keep up to date with their work and get a sneak peek at their lives and writing processes. Plus, many of our top picks are huge supporters of teachers and public education. Add these writers to your “follow” list today.

1. Kate DiCamillo

Author of: “Because of Winn-Dixie,” “Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Find her on: Facebook
Why we love her posts: DiCamillo’s thoughtful updates about her work, nature and letters from kids help fill the void between her breathtaking novels.

2. Patricia Polacco
Author of: “Pink and Say,” “Thank You, Mr. Falker
Find her on: Facebook
Why we love her posts: Polacco always seems to find the perfect memes and inspirational photos. It’s all positive on her page.

3. Calef Brown
Author of: “Flamingos on the Roof,” “Polkabats and Octopus Slacks: 14 Stories
Find him on: Facebook
Why we love his posts: Brown frequently shares snippets of his funny, irreverent poetry: “Over-boiled bouillabaisse just spoiled my ‘boo-yah face.'”

4. Anne Ursu
Author of: “Breadcrumbs,” “The Real Boy
Find her on: Tumblr
Why we love her posts: She’s your antidote to 140-character wisdom. When Ursu has something to say, whether it’s on the Common Core, learning differences or growing up as a book lover, she delivers a thoughtful essay that will actually make you stop and think.

5. Rosemary Wells
Author of: “Voyage to the Bunny Planet,” “Hazel’s Amazing Mother
Find her on: Facebook
Why we love her posts: Wells frequently shares little gems you’ve forgotten from her work, as well as updates in her writing life.

6. Kadir Nelson
Author of: “Baby Bear,” “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Find him on: Instagram
Why we love his posts: Nelson shares snapshots of his stunning artwork and works in progress.

7. John Green
Author of: “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Looking for Alaska
Find him: Everywhere [Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube]
Why we love his posts: His on-the-nose humor and the fact that our students follow every move he makes.

8. Judy Blume
Author of: “Superfudge,” “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
Find her on: Twitter
Why we love her posts: Besides the fact that we’re fangirls for life, we adore Blume’s funny, incisive commentary on pop culture.

9. Lemony Snicket
Author of: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Find him on: Facebook
Why we love his posts: The daily quotes from Snicket’s beloved series will make you want to put down your grading and cozy up with a book.

10. R.L. Stine
Author of: Goosebumps Series, Fear Street Series
Find him on: Twitter
Why we love his posts: Who knew the king of kids’ horror had such a killer sense of humor?

11. Maureen Johnson
Author of: “13 Little Blue Envelopes,” “The Name of the Star
Find her on: Twitter
Why we love her posts: Johnson was an early adopter of Twitter and continues to rock the platform with her funny glimpses into the life of a writer.

12. Neil Gaiman
Author of: “The Graveyard Book,” “Fortunately, the Milk
Find him on: Twitter
Why we love his posts: Sometimes funny, sometimes political, always supersmart.

13. Mo Willems’ Pigeon
Author of: “The Pigeon Needs a Bath,” “The Pigeon Wants a Puppy
Find him on: Twitter
Why we love his posts: Tweets from the Pigeon’s point of view. Need we say more?

14. Eric Carle
Author of: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Find him on: Facebook
Why we love his posts: See the legendary author at work in these behind-the-scenes photographs and videos. 

15. Libba Bray
Author of: “Beauty Queens,” “The Diviners
Find her on: Twitter
Why we love her posts: Some of Bray’s blog entries are as memorable as her books (see her posts about Santa and depression as examples).

16. Markus Zusak
Author of: “The Book Thief,” “I Am the Messenger
Find him on: Facebook
Why we love his posts: Doggy photos, book recommendations and news on one of our favorite YA novels of all time.

17. Cynthia Leitich Smith
Author of: “Tantalize,” “Rain Is Not My Indian Name
Find her on: Facebook
Why we love her posts: Not only is Leitich Smith a talented author herself, she’s also a great source for news on children’s literature in general and posts regular interviews with other writers on her blog.

 
 

Posted by Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at hannah@weareteachers.com.

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