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Rick Riordan: Who He Is and Why He Rocks

Who is this superstar author? Let's have your Riordan fan do the research.
on June 23, 2014

Is your child a fan of The Lightning Thief?

Has he read all parts of The 39 Clues?

Does your daughter totally dig mythology?

Will she do her best to clear out the library shelves of The Kane Chronicles or The Heroes of Olympus series?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, then there's a really good chance that your child is into amazing author Rick Riordan.

Who is this superstar author?  Let's have your Riordan fan do the research.   Remember to print out the Author Hunt sheet to keep his or her learning a bit more focused.

Name: Rick Riordan
Born: June 5, 1964 in San Antonio, Texas
Current home: Boston, MA
Some of his books:
•    The 39 Clues series (grades 4-8);
•    Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (grades 4-8);
•    The Kane Chronicles series (grades 6-8);
•    Heroes of Olympus series (grades 4-5);
•    several books for adults. . .
•    and many, many more!

Fun facts about Rick Riordan: (kids will think this is SO cool!)
•    Learn how to properly pronounce his name here:
•    Rick Riordan was a teacher for over 14 years.
•    He taught English, Social Studies, and mythology.
•    His mom was a musician and artist and his dad was a ceramicist.
•    One of his sons was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia.
•    The idea for Percy Jackson came from bedtime stories Rick Riordan told to his son Hayley. The story took three nights to tell, after which Hayley suggested his dad write it all into a book.  
•    Rick Riordan recommends that all children read these best books for kids.
•    He shares his advice for writers here.

Interview with Rick Riordan:
Video Interview with Rick Riordan:

Official author website:

Official author blog: Myth and Mystery

Official author Twitter page:

Official author Facebook page:

Other cool sites worth checking out:
•    The 39 Clues official site
•    Maze of Bones book puzzles
•    Arena 39 Game
•    Vesper Hunt Game

Happy reading and learning about Rick Riordan!

This post is part of a mini-series over here, a "get to know the authors" series.  I'm hoping that it helps to give parents that extra push they need to support their kids' enjoyment of reading and help their children get to know the authors they are growing to love.

The posts include links to sites, resources, and pages about the author and we've even got a little sheet for kids that you can print out and have them complete during their ‘author hunt'.

Download the sheet here.

And check out previous post in the series:
•    Mary Pope Osborne

How do you get your children or students to feel connected to the authors they read?

Share your thoughts on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, or find Amy on Twitter, @teachmama, and let's continue the conversation!

Read all posts by Amy Mascott.

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