top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Authors We’d Love to Meet

[beyond those we’ve already met]

We are very fortunate to have met some of our favorite authors at the NCTE convention and the ALAN Workshop. The ALAN Cocktail Reception allows members to sip wine as they chat with the authors! But these lists include authors we haven’t had the chance to meet personally.


1. Kevin Brooks

This man’s work is incredible. Every year, I cross my fingers that he will be at the ALAN Workshop. I suspect this is because he lives in a different country.

2. Harper Lee

This is an obvious choice. She is one of the most intriguing authors in history (IMO).

3. Jennifer Niven

After reading her book (following the last ALAN Workshop), I am hoping to meet her! I am crossing my fingers she is at the next ALAN Workshop.

4. Elizabeth Wein

She must be a genius. Her work is so complex, I would be nervous to talk to her!

5. Geneva Gay

I greatly respect her work about culturally responsive teaching. She is a professional role model for me.


I have been so lucky to meet most of the people on my “author bucket list,” but here are some authors I still cannot wait to meet!

1. Patrick Ness

After reading the Chaos Walking series and A Monster Calls, I have been fascinated with Ness’s work and would love to meet him.

2. Rick Riordan

Um, he wrote Percy Jackson!!

3. Doug TenNapel

Doug TenNapel’s graphic novels are some of my favorite because of how unique they are. I would love to meet the man who made them.

4. Neil Gaiman

I don’t think I have to explain this one. He is a genius.

5. Mo Willems

I love Mo Willems’s picture books, and would love to have him sign my Elephant & Piggie books!

Which authors would you love to meet?

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13 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Authors We’d Love to Meet

  1. Beth S. says:


    I’m actually not a fan of Neil Gaiman’s books (shocking, I know), but I have heard him speak and he is surprisingly warm and funny given how macabre his books usually are.

    • Oh! He is on Kel’s list. I like his books, but I will say that I know others love them even more than me. I enjoy reading them, but they aren’t truly my taste. I have had students who have been turned onto reading because of his work.

  2. JJ says:

    I had Rick Riordan on my list! Fans from the UK are so unlucky that he doesn’t come here!
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  3. christine danielle says:

    I would definitely love to meet Richelle Mead. 🙂
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  4. Sue Holmes says:

    Elizabeth Wein made my list too! I’d also like to meet Kevin Brooks for his edgy books and Harper Lee. Have you read her new book yet?
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  5. Myra says:

    Great list, I also have Rick Riordan on my list! Patrick Ness would be amazing to meet as well.

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  6. Kristin says:

    Neil Gaiman and Harper Lee are on my list as well. Imagine having dinner with those two? Definitely would be an interesting conversation!

  7. Elizabeth Wein and Mo Willems? I’m in!

  8. We share Ness and Gaiman, but I would love to meet Wein and TenNapel! 🙂

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  9. Tarkabarka says:

    Neil Gaiman is on my list too. Also, Rick Riordan!! I have not read all of his work, but as a storyteller, I am in endless debt to him for making Greek mythology cool to younger generations. Now I can walk into a classroom to tell Greek myths and I feel like a rock star. 😀
    Cheers from a TTT newbie!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary

  10. Great picks!

    You are absolutely right about Elizabeth Wein, Ricki! My young cousin and I are also big fans of Ruta Sepetys – would love to meet her. My oldest son was thrilled when we got to meet Brain Jacques in person at a local book talk/signing – he was great! Very personable, open, with a great sense of humor – my son has read all of his books at least 3 times each!

    I’d love to meet Patrick Ness, too, Kellee. And I sort of met Rick Riordan – via e-mail not in person. The Lightning Thief was one of the first reviews I ever wrote for FamilyFun magazine, and Rick wrote me a really nice e-mail, thanking me. No one knew who he was back then – he was just a middle school teacher who’d written one book! Turns out we had a lot in common – our boys were about the same age, etc. He seemed like a great guy.

    I’ve been lucky to meet a lot of great authors, mostly thanks to our All-County Reads programs.

    Great lists!


    Book By Book

  11. I’d certainly love meeting Elizabeth Wein and Rick Riordan. Don’t think I’ve read any books by the other authors. Im in middle school…

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