From the team that brought young readers KID ATHLETES, KID PRESIDENTS, and KID ARTISTS comes KID AUTHORS, a lively look into the childhoods of the world's most beloved writers. With the best elements of KID PRESIDENTS, KID ATHLETES and KID ARTISTS--colorful illustrations, kid-relatable subjects, and real stories of childhood conflict, comedy, and triumph--KID AUTHORS tells true tales from the childhoods of a wide range of the world's most beloved authors before they were famous. Did you know: Sam Clemens (AKA Mark Twain) loved to hold watermelonseed-spitting contests, play hooky, and "borrow" boats to go fishing and digging for turtle eggs--with his best friend Tom, of course! Zora Neale Hurston first learned to walk when a hungry wild hog wandered into her house for some of her mother's cornbread and young Zora had to toddle her way to safety. Edgar Allen Poe, who would one day become master of macbre fiction, was actually afraid of the dark as a kid! J.R.R. Tolkien grew up in South Africa and once was bit by a huge tarantula--or, as he called it, "a spider as big as a dragon." The diverse and inclusive cast ranges from kid favorites like Roald Dahl, Beverly Cleary, JK Rowling, and Stan Lee to classic authors of the canon like Jules Verne, Lewis Carroll, and Langston Hughes, making it a perfect addition to libraries, classrooms, and kids' home collections alike. With Doogie Horner's whimsical illustrations bringing every caper, scrape, and sticky situation to life, this book is a fun and approachable introduction to the big figures of the literary world.