I'm working on consolidating and upgrading my spelling, writing and reading centers into one more awesome "literacy center." One of the first projects is an author study. You can download it for FREE at my TPT store:
It includes some of my favorite authors as suggestions to the students. I tried to pick authors that wrote more than just one genre of book. For example, I purposefully didn't include Shel Silverstein even though he's one of my favorite authors because he mostly wrote poetry and nothing else. I also kept out authors that mostly wrote a series as well because those books are too similar.