“Who’s your favorite author?”
That’s one of those questions that I simply dread. It ranks right up there with “What’s your favorite book?”
For anyone who has spent a lifetime reading and enjoying the printed word, it is often impossible to name just one favorite.
I am a big fan of horror fiction, and if you ask me to name my favorite horror writer, then I could easily say Stephen King. He’s still the master, although his son, Joe Hill, is giving him a run for his money.
Then I would feel bad about not including Scott Sigler, who writes some of the creepiest, scariest fiction around. But then again, how could I leave out Dean Koontz? His Odd Thomas novels are haunting. I recently discovered Chuck Wendig, who totally delivered on the chills and thrills; and I’ve not even started on all the great zombie books out there. That’s a whole subgenre and an entire new list of favorite authors. I think you can see my problem.
So let’s turn away from adult titles and look at my favorite authors of all, those who write books for kids. I love reading teen literature, and my favorites there would certainly be Rick Yancey and Scott Westerfeld. But then again, how can I not include Rainbow Rowell and M.T. Anderson? Wait a minute ... what about Andrew Smith? He’s certainly a favorite. All of these favorite authors are making my head spin.
Middle grade author favorites would include Kate DiCamillo. That woman’s award shelf is getting pretty crowded these days, and for good reason. Kathi Appelt is another must-read, along with Rick Riordan and Tom Angleberger. Now that man is hilarious.
Whoops! I almost forgot Neil Gaiman! He’s a favorite across a ton of genres. There are probably a slew of authors that I’m forgetting, but it’s just hard to remember them all when you have so many favorites.
This is what inspires a program that we offer every month in the children’s department called “Who’s Your Favorite Author?” We pick a different author every month, and for an hour, we play games, eat snacks, have trivia contests and watch book trailers all related to that month’s author.
If you were with us last month, you could have participated in a Geronimo Stilton trivia contest, a mummy-wrapping race, a scavenger hunt through the library for great works of art, and raced through the cheese maze. We also ate some cheese ... lots of cheese.
So, how can you join in this fun in September? That’s when we will be exploring the works of Cressida Cowell, the author of the “How to Train Your Dragon” series. Hmm ... I wonder what sort of games we’ll be playing? I know that dragons will be involved, so bring your imagination, and we’ll just see if we can find the best dragon trainer
This program is open to kids in Grades 3 to 6, and registration is required. You don’t have to have any dragon experience, so come even if you haven’t read the books! You just might discover a new favorite author.
If you need help adding to your list of favorite authors, stop by and see us. I’m sure we can point out some new authors for you to enjoy.
Just please don’t ask me for my favorite book. We’ll be here forever.
Jodi Prather is a library assistant in children’s services at the Bartholomew County Public Library.