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    5 Children’s Authors Who Have Changed the World by Creating New Ones

    What is childhood without chocolate rivers and talking rabbits?

    Growing up, did you get lost inside of a book for hours on end? Be it dragon-smiting mages, crime-solving babysitters, or cats who sit on mats, the books we read as children can have a huge impact on the way we look at the world. Morals tied-up in fables, learnings tied-up in sagas; you name it, a fictional world has been constructed to demonstrate it. Humans are story sponges and with them, we learn how best to navigate life’s complexities. Read on to discover more about five people who have turned world-building into legacies.

    1. JK Rowling Penning the Wizarding World of Witchcraft whilst battling clinical depression and raising a child single handedly might sound outlandish to some, but Rowling faced both with the same tenacity and dedication that shines through the characters in her seven-book Harry Potter series. Whether facing life-sucking entities or unexpected heroes standing up to their friends, the happenings at Hogwarts provide escapism and valuable life lessons. “[As a child I wanted to be] not exactly a witch but to have magical powers. Kids are the most powerless people in society – even happy kids are powerless. The idea that you can influence the outside world with magic powers is irresistible.”—The Big Issue, 2016

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    2. Cathy Domoney Raising six children at the same time as coping with two autoimmune diseases has taught Domoney how to deal with more than a fair share of adversity. Author of five books, she is tackling challenging topics in her series, The Positive Mindset for Kids. Subjects such as bullying and self-image are treated with respect and a sensitive touch, and are empowering children with amazing results. Her upcoming series, The Sonrise Babies Home takes place in the real-world Sonrise Home, and will receive 100% of all proceeds from book sales. “I tackle complex social subjects by breaking them down into accessible, engaging and easy to understand stories. My vision is to expand minds, connect people and start meaningful conversations.

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    3. Roald Dahl Cranky couples, enormous fruit, and rivers of chocolate all feature in Dahl’s work, and by traversing their perils, we learn the virtues of generosity, patience, and how to avoid being sent to the Juicing Room. Loved by children and adults across the world, his books have sold more than 250 million copies, and several have had television and big screen adaptations that made us fall in love all over again. “I find that the only way to make my characters really interesting to children is to exaggerate all their good or bad qualities, and so if a person is nasty or bad or cruel, you make them very nasty, very bad, very cruel. If they are ugly, you make them extremely ugly. That, I think, is fun and makes an impact.”

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    4. Dr Seuss Nonsense, rhyme and silliness form Seuss’ idiosyncratic style, and his stories are as beloved as they are bonkers. Inventing the persona to keep working at a college newspaper, Theodor Seuss Geisel began using the pseudonym after he was caught drinking gin during the Prohibition. From Christmas-stealing Grinches to felines in headwear, the contents of his vivid imagination have been childhood favourites since the 1940s. “If I start out with the concept of a two-headed animal, I must put two hats on his head and two toothbrushes in the bathroom. A child will accept a tuttle-tuttle tree as a fact and a non-fact simultaneously. He knows you’re kidding, but he goes along with it.”—Saturday Evening Post, 1965

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    5. Beatrix Potter Growing up in the Lake District and summering in Scotland fed Potter’s love for the natural world. One of her lesser-known contributions takes the shape of her work in the field of mycology, (the study of fungi), a career path that was out of the grasp of women in the 1890s. Nevertheless, her illustrations are used by scientists to this day. Her most adored creation, Peter Rabbit, was modelled after her two pet rabbits, and her depictions of the serene British countryside are as popular as ever. “If I have done anything, even a little, to help small children enjoy honest, simple pleasures, I have done a bit of good.”

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