Quick Facts

  • More than 20,000 entries
  • International in scope
  • Covers 12,000+ individuals
  • Hundreds of first-person essays
  • Illustrations include personal photos
  • Cross-searchable with Literature Criticism Online and Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online
  • Covers all time periods

 

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An easy-to-use source for librarians, students and other researchers, Something About the Author Online provides electronic access to all volumes of Something About the Author and Something About the Author: Autobiography Series. Multiple search and browse options are combined with an easy format that matches the look and feel of the print originals. Each volume of the Something About the Author (SATA) series provides illustrated biographical profiles of approximately 75 children's authors and artists.

This critically acclaimed series spotlights more than 12,000 individuals in entries that typically cover personal life, career, writings, adaptations, and additional sources. Something About the Author: Autobiography Series published 447 unique autobiographical essays by children’s and young adult authors from 1985 to 1998; since then, more than 200 additional autobiographical essays have been included in the regular SATA series. Autobiographical essays average about 10,000 words and discuss the author's career, interests and motivation, among other topics.

Summary: More than 20,000 entries provide rich biographical and bibliographic detail about authors and illustrators of books for children and teens; also includes autobiographical essays.

Significance: Students, teachers, librarians, parents, professors and researchers of children’s and young adult literature will find the information they need to complete class assignments, develop presentations, write papers, prepare lesson plans and more. In addition to providing detailed and reliable information about established writers and illustrators, Something About the Author is often the only available authoritative source on emerging authors and artists.

Source: SATA’s editorial staff gathers information from a wide variety of reliable sources. Biographical and bibliographic sources are consulted, as are book reviews, feature articles, published interviews, and materials provided by the author or the author’s family, estate, publishers or agent. Whenever possible the author or illustrator is sent a copy of the entry to check for accuracy and completeness.

Structure: This complete archive preserves the “book” feel of the original series and provides a backfile of searchable pages digitized directly from the print volumes. Search or browse to find the writer’s biographical profile in the familiar Something about the Author print format, which includes:

  • Personal and career information
  • Memberships, awards and honors
  • A title-by-title chronological bibliography of books written and/or illustrated, listed by genre when known, and information about other notable publications, such as plays, screenplays and publications in periodicals
  • Information about adaptations
  • A biographical sketch of the author or illustrator’s development, using information provided by the subject or gathered from published sources
  • A list of biographical and critical sources
  • Extensive illustrations, including author portraits, book jackets, and illustrations from books

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Researchers will find engaging biographies of classic, contemporary and emerging authors and illustrators of children’s works.

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