MCPS Author Studies

Author Studies


The purpose of this pathfinder is to assist users in locating information for author studies taught within the Mongomery County Public School system.  Author studies encourage a love of literature, introduce students to a variety of authors and genres, the purposes for which authors write, and ecourages students to explore the work published by a single author.  Students develop an understanding how an author's life experiences influence what they write and are encouraged to try new writing techniques and styles in their own writing. 

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 Subject Headings
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   Biograpy         Facts
   Activities             Life
  Author Study   Video
  Lesson Plan     Books
  Bibliography     History
      Awards          Artists

 Children's Literature
Literature and Language
African American Literature



  Encyclopaedia Britannica – 3 levels 

World Book Online
Also Enciclopedia Estudiantil  (Spanish version) 

Encyclopedia Britannica Global Reference Center 


Enciclopedia Universal en Espanol
(Japanese, Korean, Chinese, French encyclopedia)

     Periodical Indexes 

 SIRS Discoverer, Knowledge Source, Decades   

eLibrary Elementary 

 Professional Education Journal 
(for teachers only)


   Online Resources 

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry
(author & book information)
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Other Resources 

ALA Great Websites: Authors and Illustrators


Author Information


Children's Literature Web Guide


Houghton Mifflin


Pronouncing Authors Names


Educational Book and Media Assoc.


Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site


International Children's Digital Library

 Literature Links (Lesson Plans)

Montgomery County Public Libraries

Reading Rockets

Search Engines  

Ask for Kids                               KidsClick!                                  Yahoo!Kids 



Grade 1

Grade 2

Margaret Wise Brown*
Donald Crews
Tana Hoban
Pat Hutchins
Rosemary Wells
Charlotte Zolotow

Marc Brown
Eric Carle*
Lois Ehlert
Kevin Henkes*
Ezra Jack Keats*
Arnold Lobel*

Jan Brett*
Ann Cameron
Tomie DePaola*
Gail Gibbons*
James Marshall
Faith Ringgold*
Maurice Sendak*
Vera Williams* 

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Verna Aardema*
Nicole Davies*
Andrea Davis-Pinkney*
Cynthia Rylant*
Shel Silverstein*

Byrd Baylor
Eve Bunting
Lynne Cherry
Eloise Greenfield
Lee Bennett Hopkins
Bette Bao-Lord
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Patricia Polacco
Seymour Simon
Yoshiko Uchida
Jane Yolen 

Betsy Byars
Ralph Fletcher
Jean Fritz
Virginia Hamilton
Langston Hughes
Patricia Lauber
Chris Van Allsburg


Please note: The teacher must exercise judgment in the selection of texts.  Not every title by an individual author may be appropriate for the grade level under which he/she is listed.


* indicates that an author study has been written in the MCPS curriculum