RL Stine

Buckeye State Authors

You thought Ohio was the state of presidents. Think again. Our state boasts some pretty good writers as well. Beloved author R.L. Stine has written over 300 books. Photo by R.L. Stine.

Many libraries in Ohio have started to reopen and their timing couldn’t be more perfect. Summer reading programs for children and teens are now more important than ever. Reading keeps kids occupied, sharpens their reading skills and improves their vocabulary. Looking to recommend some great reads to your kids? Check out some of the children’s authors listed below. They all share one thing in common—they are Ohioans.

  • R.L. Stine was born in Columbus. He is a top-selling children’s and young adult book author who writes primarily horror stories. Any kid growing up in the 1990s is familiar with his book series Goosebumps, which was turned into a TV series and a movie starring Jack Black.
  • Mildred Benson was credited for writing manuscripts for the first 23 Nancy Drew books. She is credited as the primary writer of the original Nancy Drew books under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. She also helped to write the mystery series The Dana Girls. Although she was not born in Ohio, she resided in Toledo for a good portion of her life.
  • Margaret Peterson Haddix was born in a rural farming town in southern Ohio. She has written over 30 children’s and young adult books which include the Shadow Children and The Missing series. Her books have made The New York Times Best Seller list and The American Library Association annual book list.
  • Virginia Hamilton was born in Yellow Springs  in 1936. She wa an award-winning African-American children’s book author. Her books include M.C. Higgins, the Great which won a Newberry Medal, Zeely and The Girl Who Spun Gold.

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