This week’s question comes from Karyn Van Der Zwet, who asks…

Name a writer you would recommend and why.”

Here are some of our World Moms’ suggestions…

Veronica Samuels of New Jersey, USA writes:
“Michael Pollan is my writer choice for adults.  His books about food have changed my life.  I also am a fan of books about language and parenting by Kathryn Hirsch-Pasek.  I’m a nonfiction kind of girl. I crave facts!

And for kids, I like Julia Donaldson, especially The Snail and the Whale and The Gruffalo. My oldest daughter loves both!”

Maggie Ellison of South Carolina, USA writes:
“We love Eric Carle books!  The artwork is beautiful! Many of his books repeat phrases, which helped my son when he was first learning to read.  My favorite book from him is, A House for Hermit Crab.  My son likes, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and my daughter likes, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.  They both love, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We even have a DVD of Eric Carle stories.

As for an adult author or book, I would have to say Jeanette Walls’ The Glass Castle: A Memoir.  It can be heartbreaking at times, but it really opens your eyes to so much and it is certainly inspiring to see how the author has risen above.”

The Alchemist of India writes:
“My favorite Sci-Fi writer is Issac Asimov.  His Foundation Novel series are a voyage into the universe.  For readers who like fiction and sci-fi all his books are a must read. Can anyone forget his famous I, Robot story which was made into a movie? And then there is Paulo Coelho. I like most of his books, of which The Alchemist is my favorite and then Veronika Decides to Die. All his other books are also wondrous reads for those who love to read philosophy and have a spiritually inclined heart.

My son, who is five years old, loves most of the Disney published series and Indian Mythologies. There is not a particular writer he likes, there are only particular kinds of stories he likes. Fairy tales, science fiction (like his mom) and mythology (especially Shri Krishna) are some of them.”

Inspiration to Dream of Australia writes:
“I could name a thousand writers that I love. I’ll stick with two – for adults it would be Bryce Courtenay, especially The Power of One: A Novel and for children Mem Fox and Possum Magic.

I also love J.K. Rowling – the Harry Potter books are the sort of books that I would have devoured as a child, full of magic (and I do even as an adult).  Okay so that was three, I read all genres, non-fiction and fiction so my favourite writers change from week to week depending on my mood and current desire for knowledge or entertainment.”

Asta Burrows of Norway writes:
“I love all the books by Marian Keyes – they are funny and heartwarming – just what I need after a long day.

The wee lad currently likes Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Do You Want To Be My Friend?) and also Eric Hill (Lots of books about Spot).”

Margie Bryant of Arkansas, USA writes:
“Khaled Hosseini because A Thousand Splendid Suns opened my eyes to the privileges of being a woman in America.”

Eva Fannon of Washington State, USA writes:
“I haven’t read my own book of choice in a while, but I have enjoyed reading Nicholas Sparks’ books.  For me they are quick reads that take me away from the real world for a little while.

My four year old is currently into the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne.  She loves to see what books Jack and Annie will wind up having adventures in!” 

Courtney Cappallo of Massachusetts, USA writes:
“My two favorite chapter books I’ve read to my girls are The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane written by Kate DiCamillo and Charlotte’s Web written by E. B. White. They are both classics.

The book Big Sister, Little Sister written by Leuyen Pham is also a personal favorite of mine to read to my girls. The two sisters in the book remind me of my little girls. But, my favorite children’s book is Hippos Go Berserk written by Sandra Boynton.

Finally, a few children’s authors worth noting are: Cynthia Rylant, Anne Rockwell and Sandra Boynton.”

Which writer would you recommend and why?

And do you have a question you would like to pose to our WMB writers?  If so, email us at to see what they have to say.

Don’t forget to visit us again on Sunday to see where our writers will take you next week!

– World Moms Blog

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