Rick Riordan: Who He Is and Why He Rocks

Who is this superstar author? Let&s have your Riordan fan do the research.

By Amy Mascott
Jun 23, 2014



Jun 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 the 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:

Fun facts about Rick Riordan: (kids will think this is SO cool!)

  • 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.
  • He shares his advice for writers here.

Interview with Rick Riordan:

Video Interview with Rick Riordan:

Official author website:  http://www.rickriordan.com/

Official author news: http://rickriordan.com/news/

Official author Twitter page: https://twitter.com/camphalfblood

Official author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rick.riordan.author

Other cool sites worth checking out:

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:

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!

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