Should Children's Authors Be Role Models?

I've become fascinated with the lives of the kidlit writers of the past. None of these creative folk were boring, I must say. It was while researching the life of Margaret Wise Brown that I came across a blog posting by someone who, after discovering some interesting tidbits of Ms. Brown's life (MWB carried on a number of relationships with various men, as well as a long-term relationship with a woman, she didn't handle money very well, and she never had children of her own), expressed great disappointment in the author's personal and private life, was surprised that she wrote for children, and felt that she was in no way a good 'role model' for young readers. ...more
Gerald Durrel was a role model to me when I was a child, and I loved his books. I was bright ...more