Most of us have a favorite story from childhood. Whether you’re currently reading some of these classic authors and books with your own kids or just love a good trip down memory lane, read on to (hopefully) discover something new about some of your favorite children’s books and their authors!
1. Dr. Seusss’ first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by over 20 publishers
2. On average, a copy of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold somewhere in the world every minute.
3. The Harry Potter books were the first children’s books on the New York Times Bestseller list since E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web in 1952.
4. The steps taken by Alice in Alice: Through the Looking Glass make up a playable game of chess (though not necessarily an efficient one).
5. Margery Williams, author of The Velveteen Rabbit, wrote a horror novel called ‘The Thing in the Woods’ under the pseudonym Harper Williams.
6. C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien once went to a party dressed as polar bears.
7. The titular character of Clifford the Big Red Dog was almost named Tiny. Author Norman Bridwell changed the name after a suggestion from his wife.
8. Keep your eyes open to find a white bull terrier in all Chris Van Allsburg’s books, including The Polar Express and Jumanji.
9. The authors of Curious George were forced to flee Paris during World War II’s German occupation, according to the New York Times. They weren’t able to carry much, but one thing made it into their suitcase: the original Curious George manuscript.
10. Carolyn Keene, to whom every book featuring Nancy Drew is attributed, is not a real person. Keene is a pseudonym for the many authors who contributed to the mystery series.
Here’s to keeping all of our inner children alive through the magic of children’s literature!