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JK Rowling, Harry Potter books
This author is practically as famous the wizard boy she wrote about for a decade. The once struggling single mum has earned the contents of Gringotts Wizarding bank by captivating the world with Harry's tales of derring-do and magical near-misses. Her first book for adults, The Casual Vacancy, is out on Thursday.
Jacqueline Wilson, Tracy Beaker series
This modern author has been enormously prolific and is well-known for tackling difficult subjects such as mental illness and divorce in books for preadolescent and teenage children. More than 30 million copies of her books have been sold in Britain alone and several, including Tracy Beaker, have been adapted for film and television.
Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials
This Norwich-born author introduced children to Milton, the Bible and whole swathes of the Classics in his trilogy about children who could move between worlds. Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass have been turned into a National Theatre production and Hollywood film adaptation starring Nicole Kidman.
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Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Arguably the Shakespeare of children's literature, Dahl's stories will doubtless have the endurance of industrial strength concrete. From Fantastic Mr Fox to Matilda and the BFG, filmmakers and animators are still drawing from the humungous vat of material he created. Every year Roald Dahl day is celebrated on 13 September, the author's birthday, in honour of the Welsh-born novelist of Norwegian parentage who died in 1990.
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Alan Garner, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
The third part of a trilogy started 50 years ago with the Weirdstone of Brisingamen, was published earlier this month to huge excitement. Boneland, the follow up to Brisingamen and its sequel The Moon of Gomrath, is a testament to the enduring appeal of Garner. It is the conclusion to a fantasy set in Alderley Edge which began when J.R.R . Tolkien's Lord of the Rings was still new. His original fanbase might be rather grown up by now, but you can bet they'll read Boneland and pass the series onto their children and grandchildren.
C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia
The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe and the other six Narnia books are probably better known to children today than the fables and classical stories Lewis drew on. They have been made into popular television adaptations, Hollywood films and theatre productions. He has been criticised for dressing up Catholic allegory as children's fantasy.
Enid Blyton, The Famous Five books
As an author whose success spanned several age groups, Blyton is most famous for nursery character Noddy and preadolescent adventures of the Famous Five and Secret Seven. She wrote more than 600 books in her 40 year career. Her work has been criticised for containing racist and sexist themes which reflected dated attitudes, and some libraries went so far as to ban her books, in particular those containing Golliwog characters.
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A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
Despite being a playwright and poet for many years before the success of his teddy bear character Winnie the Pooh, everything he did has been overshadowed by it since. The tales of Christopher Robin, named after Milne's son, in the Hundred Acre Wood, have charmed young children since the 1920s.
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Charles Dodgson, known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, is most famous for Alice and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. He also wrote nonsense poems such as The Jabberwocky and The Hunting of the Snark. Alice's Adventures have been made into several Hollywood films and the original illustrations by John Tenniel are almost as recognisable as the stories.
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Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit, and in turn Miss Potter, is so globally famous 11 decades after he was created, that Hollywood made a film about his author. The writer, illustrator and scientist, brought everyday animals to life for children by giving them clothes, names and characters. More than a hundred years later her stories are still in print across the world and have been adapted into plays, film, songs, ballets and radio.