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Dedications July 13, 2011

Posted by ccbooks in Quotes.

I was flipping through some books this weekend and came across the first of these dedications, which made me think of other dedications in children’s books that I especially like. For those of you who also like these small details, here they are.

For Wayfarers still journeying, for wanderers at rest” –Lloyd Alexander, Taran Wanderer

Lovely poetic dedication from the author of The Chronicles of Prydain. 

“You know how it is. You pick up a book, flip to the dedication and find that, once again, the author has dedicated a book to someone else and not to you. Not this time. Because we haven’t yet met/have only a glancing acquaintance/are just crazy about each other/haven’t seen each other in much too long/are in some way related/will never meet, but will, I trust, despite that, always think fondly of each other…this one’s for you. With you know what and you probably know why” –Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys

Ok, ok, this isn’t a children’s book…but it’s so nice to see the reader getting some love with a dedication!

“To Beatrice–darling, dearest, dead” –Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

The first of the wonderful Beatrice dedications in the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Beatrice later got her own book, The Beatrice Letters, and it was explained that she was the mother of the unfortunate Baudelaire children.

“To my actor” –Susan Cooper, King of Shadows

I like this dedication because Cooper was married to actor Hume Cronyn until his death in 2003 and the book is about Shakespeare and the art of acting.

“The dedication of this book is split seven ways: To Neil, to Jessica, to David, to Kenzie, to Di, to Anne and to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end” –J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Way to go, J.K. Rowling, for referencing a plot point (Horcruxes) in the dedication. And again, nice to acknowledge the fans.



1. Kate - July 14, 2011

a)I love Neil Gaiman, and I love his relationship with his readers. He’s just like, the nicest author, ever.

b)I reference the dedication to a Bad Beginning ALL THE TIME. I love that they are all dedicated to Beatrice and it’s a reference to Dante, and she’s fictional, and eventually part of the story.

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