Author Spotlight: Neil Gaiman

Published Wednesday, May 8, 2024

You may have heard the name of Neil Gaiman in recent years. His adult fiction books and graphic novels, "Good Omens," "American Gods," and "The Sandman," have been turned into hit television/streaming series. His imaginative and descriptive writing has won him numerous awards, such as the Newberry Medal, the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, and the Nebula Award, to name a few. Gaiman is also known for his social media presence and interacting with his fans on a more regular basis than other authors.

But Gaiman has also written quite a few stories for children. Imagination soars in each of these, so why not give them a try?

Blueberry Girl
Illustrated by Charles Vess

Written in rhyming verse, accompanied by beautiful illustrations, this book is the perfect thing to read to inspire little ones. Gaiman in fact wrote this for a friend who was about to become a mother. Parents and children will love this calming book.

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Chu's Day
Illustrated by Adam Rex

A short story about a panda who's sneezes cause bad things to happen. With cute illustrations and simple sentences, this is an easy read for those still learning. And who doesn't love pandas?

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The Dangerous Alphabet
Illustrated by Gris Grimly

A slightly scarier tale for readers who can handle monsters and things that go bump in the night.

Each letter of the alphabet describes how two children go on an adventure beneath the city. The things they meet are both described and illustrated in a dark and grim way. If someone you know is interested in creepy tales, this is the story for them.

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Pirate Stew
Illustrated by Chris Riddell

A more lighthearted tale about two siblings that have a pirate for a babysitter! And what's for dinner? Pirate stew, of course!

The illustrations help this story to almost jump off the page! A perfect read together for parent and child.

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Fortunately, The Milk
Illustrated by Skottie Young

A delightfully silly and whimsical tale, this story has everything! Almost literally! Dinosaurs, aliens, pirates, ponies, hot air balloons, and of course, milk.

Gaiman writes of a father telling his children what happened while he was getting the milk. Twists and turns on every page will make any reader chuckle, as well as wonder what will happen next. This book is perfect for an independent reader.

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About the Author

Rachel is the Youth Services Assistant. She loves to read science fiction and romance novels. She also loves to watch terrible B-movies that no one likes.

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