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Published June 4th 2013
I'm 11 years old and my favourite writer is Andy Griffiths. He's Australian, and teamed with illustrator Terry Denton, they're a deadly combination!

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Last year I met Andy Griffiths at the launch of The 26-storey Tree House.

My favourite book by Andy Griffiths/Terry Denton is Once Upon a Slime. This is because it tells you 45 interesting ways to write fast. I enjoyed reading about Andy growing up and how he became an author. I hope to follow in his footsteps, to become a great author just like them.

reading, writing, Emily Rodda
I met Emily Rodda at the launch of The Golden Door - the first book in her trilogy about "The Three Doors".

My other favourite Australian author is Emily Rodda and her Deltora Quest series, which have also been made into TV episodes.

It seems all my favourite authors are Australian. I also really enjoy Paul Jennings, who also wrote the TV series, Round the Twist which I enjoy watching. My favourite Paul Jennings book is Unseen.

Cover art by Tim Jacobus for Scholastic. Image from Wikipedia

My most treasured collection of books is the Goosebumps series, by American author, R.L. Stine. I also have the Goosebumps DVD series. Goosebumps is basically a children's horror story (not too scary). I would recommend this series to children 8 years and over due to the complicated words. A good way to start collecting this series is to purchase a Choose Your Own Adventure Goosebumps book.

I often get good quality second-hand books for $2 at either the Fisherman's Wharf market or the Brighton Boot Sale.

Please feel free to comment about who is your favourite writer and why.
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Hi Dillon,

I can't believe no one has mentioned Roald Dahl. I must have read Matilda more than five times as a kid :)

I also used to really like Emily Rodda and Paul Jennings. And of course Morris Gleitzmen.

Thanks for asking this great question. Love your article :)
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2550 days ago
Hi, Dillon

Two of my favourite children's writers are J.M Barrie and A.A Milne. I'm fond of the classic tales of Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh; they are so innocent, funny, and cleverly written. When it comes to modern authors, J.K Rowling is my favourite. Are you a Harry Potter fan?
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 2618 days ago
Great question Dillon!

You've mentioned some great writers already - Paul Jennings and the Goosebumps series were my favourites as a child - but I also have to add Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. The great thing about Roald Dalh is that he wrote adult stories as well, so you can move on to those once you've finished the children's books.

And finally, the Wizard of Oz series by Frank L Baum. Very, very different to the movie.
by Carly Ogborne (score: 3|4626) 2485 days ago
Great job Dillon on your first article!

My kids love anything written by Mem Fox and a book called the Wonkey Donkey .

Keep up the good work :)
by Lorraine A (score: 3|1614) 2618 days ago
Congratulations Dillon on your first article! When I was your age I used to read adventure stories by Australian writers such as Colin Thiele, Mavis Thorpe Clark and Ivan Southall. My daughter liked to read books by Emily Rodda when she was younger, too!
by Carolyn Hopping (score: 2|950) 2617 days ago
Anthony Horowitz for the Diamond Brothers series and M.T.Anderson is a genius. For your age and younger, the Pals in Peril, and then when 16 or so, read Feed. A brilliant book.
by Lydia C. Lee (score: 2|656) 2617 days ago
We are big fans of the old school Enid Blyton - for little kids, it doesn't get much more bizarre than The Magic Faraway Tree.
by Lucy (score: 3|1157) 2573 days ago

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