Every great author started out as a kid. Before the best sellers, fan clubs, and beloved stories we know today, the world’s most celebrated writers had regular-kid problems just like you.Sam Clemens(aka Mark Twain) loved to skip school and make mischief, with his best friend Tom, of course! A youngJ. R. R. Tolkienwas bitten by a huge tarantula—or as he called it, “a spider as big as a dragon.” ToddlerZora Neale Hurstontook her first steps when a wild hog entered her house and started chasing her!Kid Authors tells their stories and more—the diverse and inclusive cast that includesRoald Dahl,Beverly Cleary,J. K. Rowling, Jules Verne,Lewis Carroll,Stan Lee—through kid-friendly texts and full-color cartoon illustrations on nearly every page.