David Shannon (1959) wrote and illustrated How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball in 1984. Shannon also writes and illustrates the popular No David series.

No David Shannon




Patricia MacLachlan (1938) wrote Through Grandpa’s Eyes in 1980. She is the author of the Sarah, Plain and Tall series (1985).

Author Page with Simon & Schuster


Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) published Little House in the Big Woods in 1932. There are 8 books in the original series with a 9th book published after her death and was unfinished. There are numerous spin-off series. The television series based on the books, Little House on the Prairie, starred Melissa Gilbert and Michael Landon. It aired for 9 seasons from 1974-1983. There is some speculation that Wilder’s daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, co-authored or wrote entirely the books attributed to Wilder.

Little House Books

I devoured these books as a child. I found them easier to read than Canadian author L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables at the time I attempted both. So much so that it would years later before I would try them again. I of course grew up on the books and the TV series. I was a bit disappointed when my daughters’ attention was not held by these classics. These are a close second to my all-time favorites by Louisa May Alcott.


Stephen Cosgrove (1945) began his Serendipity series in 1973. There are currently 70 different titles in the series, the most recent published in 1995, and all illustrated by Robin James. Each book comes with a moral issue tagline, covering such topics as growing up, disabilities, abuse, fear, friendship, prejudice, gossip, and helping the environment. Both Serendipity and  Little Mouse on the Prairie were made into an anime series and cartoon series respectively. Many titles have been translated into Spanish.

Stephen Cosgrove


My first Serendipity book was Nitter Pitter, written in 1978. The moral of the story is “Vanity can cost you friends.” I loved gorgeous and vibrantly colored illustrations by James. I loved the story of the vain horse. It began a life-long love affair with the whole series. When I had children I made it a mission to obtain copies of as many of the the Serendipity books as possible. I have made a good dent on the 70 titles but sadly some are so rare and so expensive that my collection is incomplete. My children now share my love for these charming tales as well.


Shanaya Fastje (1999) published her first book, Mystery School, in 2009 at the age of just 10 years old! She has published four other books and is currently working on her 6th, a paranormal/fantasy novel.

Shanaya Fastje 

Rick Riodan (1964) began his wildly popular book series with The Lightning Thief in 2005. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief hit the big screen starring Logan Lerman. A second film, Percy Jackson & The Sea of Monsters came out in 2013.

Rick Riodan

I thoroughly enjoyed the first five book Percy Jackson series. It was something new and different. I felt the pace and the intrigue as well as the plot twists held my attention. The movies… eh. While entertaining I just felt that too many changes happened. My daughter will tell you that I totally ruined the evening for her as I kept whispering in her ear all the discrepancies and mistakes. And I normally cannot stand a person doing that (I never see a movie featuring the Navy with my husband or father-in-law). I also enjoyed Greek Gods. I have not started the second series or the Magnus Chase (Norse mythology) series.


Peggy Parish (1927-1988) first published Littlest Raccoon in 1961. Lovable Amelia Bedelia made her first appearance in 1963.

Welcome to the World of Amelia Bedelia



Parish’s nephew, Herman Parish, is continuing the series of the literal-minded housekeeper.