The world of children's fictional literature is an exciting place filled with limitless adventures around each turn. The creators of children's fictional tales spark curiosity, induce a hunger for knowledge and awake the imagination of young children. We've all heard their names before. Legendary authors such as Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss and J.K. Rowling have taken the children's fiction genre by storm, and they are not alone. Here is a look at the biggest names in children's fiction, and why they aren't likely to fade into the horizon anytime soon.
Maurice Sendak is best known for writing the popular children's book "Where the Wild Things Are." He has also written numerous other books including "Outside Over There" and "In the Night Kitchen." Sendak is a widely praised writer of children's books, and his beautiful illustrations brought his stories to life. The much beloved "Where the Wild Things Are" was written in 1963 and has sold over 17 million copies. He also created an animated show called "7 Little Monsters" which premiered in 2000. He passed away on May 8 of this year.
J.K. Rowling is the genius behind the massively popular "Harry Potter" book series. The seven-set book series captured audiences both young and old, introducing readers to a world similar to our own, but more magical. Rowling's book series has sold an amazing 400 million copies. Forbes magazine has estimated that J.K. Rowling has earned over $1 billion from the "Potter" franchise. The "Harry Potter" franchise has proved to be so popular that all seven books have been adapted into a franchise of eight movies which have grossed over $2 billion combined, making it the highest-grossing film franchise of all time.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss was the man responsible for popular rhyming classics such as "The Cat in the Hat," "Horton Hears a Who" and many more. Dr. Seuss's work has been translated into 15 languages and has sold over 200 million copies worldwide. Many of his books have been adapted to films both animated and live action. Live action adaptations include "The Cat in the Hat" and "The Grinch," while animated adaptations include "Horton Hears a Who" and "The Lorax."
C.S. Lewis is the brilliant writer responsible for taking us into the wardrobe and entering a dark yet wonderful land called Narnia. "The Chronicles of Narnia" is a seven-book series that has sold over 100 million copies in more than 47 languages. Now, with several major motion pictures, the magic that Lewis captured in "The Chronicles of Narnia" lives on today.
Rick Riordan is best known as the author of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" book series. The book series is steeped in mythology, and has captured the attention of a broad audience. Riordan has sold over 30 million copies of his books worldwide. In 2011 alone, Riordan's "The Son of Neptune" produced over $1.7 million in revenue. The first book in the series, "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" was adapted into a film of the same name, which was released in 2010.
The Bottom Line
Children's fiction continues to be a booming business as many beloved books turn into major motion pictures. Book series such as "Harry Potter" and "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" have made reading cool again for the younger generation, and as a result, business is booming. Newer series such as "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" are also proving incredibly successful.