author name pronounciation guide.

Jon Scieszka rhymes with Fresca, and putenesca.

Barry Lyga rhymes with Tiger (if you’re from the Bronx; Tie-gah).

Tomie DePaola has a POW in the middle.

Eoin Colfer is just Owen spelled the lovely Irish way.

Neil Gaiman is  Gaym’n, like gamin’.

Jake Wizner rhymes with Eisner (eyes nur).

Cynthia Leitich Smith: “Leitich” is prounced Lie-tick. First a long “i,” then a short “i,” followed by a hard “k.”

Justine Larbalestier: “Her surname has been pronounced in several different ways, but the FAQ on her website says that Lar-bal-est-ee-air is correct:

Q: How do you pronounce your surname? A: Lar-bal-est-ee-air. It can also be pronounced Lar-bal-est-ee-ay or Lar-bal-est-ee-er. Those are all fine by me. Friends at school used to pronounce it: Lavaworm. I have to really like you to let you get away with that one[…] (her website)

Jarrett Krosoczka (Punk Farm, Lunch Lady): Rhymes with Oscar (Osca’); (pronounced Crow-ZAHS-ka)”

Louis Sachar:

It should be pronounced “Sacker,” like someone who tackles quarterbacks or someone who stuffs potatoes into sacks.


Here’s a blog post that has a lot of names, including Halse Anderson, Rick RYE-or den, and others.

A post I’ve linked to before about pronouncing.

Ooh! A database of how to pronounce authors’ names! All sound-y even!

Horn Book Article about authors’ names.

Please comment with other tricky author names I should have here.

3 responses to “author name pronounciation guide.”

  1. How funny, I always thought Eoin was pronounced Ian. I’m shocked to find out it is Owen!

    Another one is Siobhan Dowd, which I have heard is pronounced Shavon. I don’t know if that is true though.


  2. Vladimir Nabokov – vla DEE mir na-BOW-cof

    No one says it right.


  3. Jarrett Krosoczka (Punk Farm, Lunch Lady): Rhymes with Oscar (Osca’)


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