Which children's author are you most closely connected to?

+22 votes

This week's Example Profile is Beverly Cleary, centenarian and beloved children's author who passed away last week.

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WikiTree profile: Beverly Cleary
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (526k points)
reshown by Chris Whitten

She's not listed but was Beatrix Potter ever done. I am 22 degrees from Roald Dahl

29 Answers

+15 votes
I am most closely connected to Dorothy Wall at 25 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (151k points)
20 degrees for Dorothy, through my Mum (for a change) and the  Irish 3-greats-grand.  It is always pleasing when the trail goes via other than my paternal line.
+13 votes
I am 19 degrees from Roald Dahl and 20 degrees from Beverly Cleary.
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (857k points)
+17 votes
I'm closest to Roald Dahl at 24 degrees.

I am 37 disappointing degrees from Astrid Lindgren.
Both connection paths go via the US of A.

We really need some better internal connections in Sweden; Småland and Bergslagen are like two different countries in the connection finder :-/
by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (466k points)
Yeah, it looked promising with Astrid Lindgren that she has all 16 gggparents entered, but then there are so few other descendants to those entered so it's like she isn't connected near to most people anyway. (I'm just 28 degrees from Astrid though.)

I'm 33 degrees from Astrid Lindgren. Need to build on my Småland branches. smiley Closest connection with 22 degrees to Dr. Seuss.

I did some followup on a couple of the children of Samuel Johan August Ericsson. One of them had a wife Samuelsson from Hässleby parish. Realized that I had a several-times-removed cousin from Bergslagen who went to work in furniture factories in Småland and married a Samuelsson from Hässleby. The right timespan, but looks like they're unrelated. I'll leave that rabbithole for another day and return to the family of the girl from Småland who went to deaf school in Stockholm and married a member of my kinship network in Bergslagen.

My connection to Astrid is the longest in this week's roster and the only one that goes through my "boring" Willson Swiss-American "bridge" crying

Cute tidbit: Astrid's connection to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry goes through Désirée Clary via a string of Bernadottes. Nice that this one is not transatlantic.

+14 votes
I am 16 degrees from Roald Dahl.
by Luther Brown G2G6 Pilot (235k points)
+14 votes
I'm closest to Countee Cullen, at 18 degrees.
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (764k points)
+11 votes
by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
+15 votes

17 degrees to Beverly Cleary and 18 for Dr. Seuss.

I was going to argue for my 3rd cousin 5 times removed Clement C. Moore, author of The Night Before Christmas.  However, he wrote mostly for adults, and his authorship of The Night Before Christmas is in some doubt.  It's still a fun connection, as everyone on the path was born Moore, although for my mother and grandmother it was a middle name.

by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 3 (33.8k points)
+13 votes
20 degrees from Theo Geisel
20 degrees from Roald Dahl
20 degrees from Beverly Cleary
21 degrees from Countée Cullen
23 degrees from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
24 degrees from Sophie de Ségur
25 degrees from Dorothy Badgery
33 degrees from Paul Biegel
33 degrees from Astrid Lindgren
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 6 (68.8k points)
edited by Mike Wells
+15 votes
Roald Dahl, 14 degrees. Actually 6th cousin to his wife, the actress Patricia Neal thru the Teagues.  

I tell my brother about this degree thing, he usually gives me an eye roll. But this time he actually paid attention. But he was actually interested this time. He's a book collector, and a Patricia Neal fan.
by Lynette Jester G2G6 Mach 7 (70.2k points)
Interesting.  You caused me to take a second look at Patricia Neal.  She's an 8th cousin twice removed, but other than her mother your path and mine are totally different.  I connect at a Van Der Poel, an immigrant from the Netherlands to New Jersey about 1654.

I get eye rolls too . . .
+13 votes

I'm 19 degrees from Countée Cullen, whom I've never heard of. 

by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 9 (91.0k points)
+13 votes
I'm 14 degrees from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and 16 from the Comtesse de Ségur (Sophie Rostopchine). The next closest is Beverly Cleary at 23 degrees.

In addition to the French, I only knew Roald Dahl, Astrid Lindgren and Dr. Seuss before this feature. I enjoyed learning about Beverly Cleary.
by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (471k points)

I was surprised to recognize the name Beverly Cleary from a library that I have visited in Portland, Oregon.

+12 votes

I am 21 degrees from Beverly Cleary!  Amazing!

and my closest is 19  degrees from Theo Geisel.  I've never heard of this person but am looking him up now!

by Dawn Walker G2G5 (5.1k points)
+11 votes
15 degrees from Ronald Dahl.
by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (461k points)
+12 votes
19 degrees from Roald Dahl and Dorothy. Had to look up Enid Blyton too. We had a childrens book author in the family too. I guess there are a few around. Unfortunately she hasn't had enough done to her profile, which means I should do something about that. Mrs Molesworth (nee Stewart-25007).
by Ben Molesworth G2G6 Pilot (136k points)
+10 votes
by Arora Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (119k points)
+11 votes
She is not listed, but Cathrine Barr (not Catherine Barr) is my second cousin once removed. She wrote and illustrated some children's books. We had an autographed copy of Runaway Chimps when I was little. Her grandfather John Seifert and my great-grandmother Cathrine Seifert were brother and sister. My great-grandmother apparently preferred to spell her name Catherine, but, according to my mother, her actual name was Cathrine. We lived across the street from her grandmother.
by Joanne Kennedy G2G Crew (590 points)
+11 votes
27 From Dr. Seuss and 27 from Roald Dahl
by Elizabeth Randerson G2G6 (7.8k points)
+9 votes
by Loretta Morrison G2G6 Pilot (152k points)

How about adding Johnny Gruelle to the list? Creator of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy  Andy dolls and author and illustrator of dozens of children's books.

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