An author study is a wonderful vehicle for demonstrating the work of a particular author. Showcasing a variety of authors introduces students to different styles and genres, while comparing and contrasting different works of one author gives a depth of knowledge about his or her writing. Providing students with access to a variety of authors helps to ensure that they find one who is "just right" for them. Here are five fabulous authors just perfect for a fourth grade author study!
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Polacco is loved by elementary school teachers the world over not only for the many books she's produced, but also for her advocacy of reading and of teachers in general.
Polacco's books are filled with diversity, acceptance and kindness.
Ever heard of a little movie called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? That’s Roald Dahl! How about James and the Giant Peach? Again - the genius of Roald Dahl.
Roald Dahl was a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during WWII. First published in 1943, Dahl went on to ultimately write nearly forty books during his career.
Cleary’s books are staples for third and fourth graders who love a silly, yet realistic tale. Cleary, who worked for a time as a children’s librarian, published her first book, Henry Huggins, in 1950.
Beverly Cleary was such a beloved author that publisher HarperCollins established a holiday in her name. ‘Drop Everything And Read’ (also known as DEAR) Day is now celebrated on April 12, which is Cleary’s birthday.
Another beloved author, Blume has more range than many. She has written books for both young and older readers. Though not all of her books are appropriate for fourth graders, several of them are a perfect fit.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Longing for a simpler time? Let Laura Ingalls Wilder take you back to the 1870’s prairie. First published in 1943, Laura Ingalls Wilder initially tried her hand at books for adults prior to finding success as a children’s author.
The best part of an author study is getting students started on a journey devouring the works of an amazing writer. Any of these five writers fits that bill!
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