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Library Slang Dictionary: Artificial Author

Artificial Author


1. Author who continues a popular book franchise that he/she did not originally write.

Wait – Margret and H.A. Rey are still writing Curious George books?

Nope. Artificial author.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. It’s very common in the comic strip industry. And lamentable.

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