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Children’s Book Week: 10 Facts about Jeff Kinney


The global bestsellers in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series have done more than almost any other series of books to tempt reluctant readers and author Jeff Kinney is now one of the world’s most popular authors. In our final 10 Facts post for Children’s Book Week, we thought we’d take a look at some things you might not know about the man who brought the world Greg Heffley:

  • Jeff Kinney was born on 19 February, 1971 in Maryland
  • The first drawing he can remember is one of a turtle when he was just three years old…
  • He started working on Wimpy Kid in 1988. The first book was published in 2007.
  • The Wimpy Kid cartoons were originally published on funbrain.com
  • His favourite authors include Judy Blume, Piers Anthony and J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books have sold over 75 million copies
  • Jeff Kinney is a cub scout master
  • He also plays volleyball twice a week
  • His brother Scott wrote one of the songs featured in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film
  • In 2009, he was named on one the World’s Most Influential People by Time Magazine

Children’s Book Week: 10 Facts about J. K. Rowling

JK Rowling facts

Responsible for the bestselling book series of all time, J. K. Rowling is a national treasure. We can’t think of anything better than reading the Harry Potter books (again!) for Children’s Book Week and are sure you would love to join us… Here are 10 facts you might not know about Joanne Rowling, aka Robert Galbraith when writing her adult books:

  • J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter share their birthday – 31st July
  • The Harry Potter brand is valued at over $15 billion
  • Rowling’s father was an aircraft factory manager and her mother a lab technician.
  • The Harry Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies.
  • She studied French and the Classics at the University of Exeter
  • J. K. Rowling came up with the idea for Harry Potter on a train journey to London (she wrote it down on a napkin!)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first printed in the UK in July 1997
  • In 2004 Forbes estimated that Rowling’s worth was $1 billion, making her the first billion-dollar author.
  • When the seventh and final Harry Potter book was released in the US, it went on to sell 8.3 million copies in 24 hours!
  • In June 2010 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park opened at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Children’s Book Week: 10 Facts about Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson facts

One of the most popular authors of picture books around, we can’t recommend Julia Donaldson’s books enough. Perfect for sharing, her books inevitably become bedtime favourites and our great value collections are always up among our top sellers. We can think of no better author for you and your children to delve into this Children’s Book Week and thought you might like to know a little more about the author who created the Gruffalo with these 10 Facts:

  • Julia Donaldson was born on 16 September, 1948
  • She studied Drama and French at Bristol University
  • Her first book – A Squash and a Squeeze – was published in 1993
  • Since being published in 1999, the Gruffalo has sold over 10 million copies
  • Donaldson has written many educational books in her career, including the 60 that comprise the phonics reading scheme Songbirds
  • She received an MBE in 2011
  • Julia Donaldson was the Children’s Laureate between 2011 and 2013
  • A portrait of Julia hangs proudly in the National Portrait Gallery
  • At her author events, Julia will often bring musical instruments and sing songs about her books and characters
  • She has written 193 books – and counting!

Children’s Book Week: 10 Facts about David Walliams

David Walliams facts

David Walliams is one of the biggest names in children’s literature today. Already a household name after the all-conquering and award-winning TV series Little Britain, which he both co-wrote and starred in with Matt Lucas, ever since his first book was published Walliams has enticed many children into reading with his heart-warming and funny stories. As part of Children’s Book Week, we thought we’d reveal 10 facts about him that you might not know:

  • David Walliams was born in Merton, London on 20 August, 1971
  • Between 1995 and 1997, he wrote for the Ant and Dec Show
  • His first children’s book, The Boy in the Dress, was published on 1 October, 2008
  • Walliams’ novels Ratburger and Demon Dentist have both won the prestigious National Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year
  • Walliams first two books – The Boy in the Dress and Mr Stink – were both illustrated by Roald Dahl’s collaborator Quentin Blake
  • All his subsequent children’s books have been illustrated by Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross
  • Walliams famously swam a 140-mile length of the River Thames for Sport Relief in 2011, but did you know he also saved a dog that had fallen in while en route?
  • David Walliams has also made the move into picture books for younger readers. We highly recommend The Slightly Annoying Elephant, The First Hippo on the Moon and The Queen’s Orang-utan
  • Walliams’ literary hero is Roald Dahl
  • In 2014, David Walliams’ book sales made more than £7 million!

Children’s Book Week: 10 Facts about Dr. Seuss

Dr Seuss facts

Dr. Seuss’ wacky, wild and colourful stories had delightfully tongue-twisting rhyming text and a cast of classic characters every child loves. A huge favourite with Book People customers and anyone who loves books, we hope you’ll be reading the Lorax or the Cat in the Hat as part of Children’s Book Week. Here are 10 facts you might not know about the legendary American author and illustrator:

  • Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel
  • He wasn’t actually a doctor. He used the ‘Dr’ prefix to appease his father, who always wanted him to practise medicine
  • During the Great Depression, he made his money by drawing cartoons to be displayed in advertisements
  • He’s an Academy Award winner! He won Oscars for his animated short Gerald McBoing-Boing and the documentary Design for Death
  • He’s widely credited with inventing the word ‘nerd’
  • In 1966, he teamed up with Looney Tunes legend Chuck Jones to create an animated adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas – a festive tradition in the United States
  • His book Green Eggs and Ham was the result of a bet from his editor that he couldn’t write a book with fewer than 50 words. The book contains exactly 50 words.
  • Seuss published more than 40 books in his lifetime, selling half a billion copies in the process…
  • He believed his greatest work was not in fact a book or illustration but a Lion Wading Pool at the Wild Animal Park in San Diego that he donated to in 1973
  • Widely known to have not been a fan of children, he claims to have based the character of the Grinch on himself

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