Children Authors



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Why he’s great: Probably known best for his colorful illustrations, he’s a great writer with simple story lines, usually involving animals (which most kids love). Carle’s books appeal to babies and preschoolers alike — both my kids enjoy his stuff. His books usually have a unique set up, such as holes in the pages or smaller pages leading to bigger ones.Some of his best: The Very Hungry Caterpillarhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B001IAXKZSThe Very Quiet Crickethttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0399218858The Grouchy Ladybug
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Kevin Henkes


Why he’s great: He’s one of the better modern-day authors, with lovable characters who go through many of the same day-to-day situations as our children.Some of his best: Owenhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0688114490Jessicahttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0688158471, and Wemberly Worried


Steven Kellogg



Why he’s great: His over-the-top plots and delightful illustrations are a joy to read out loud, and they interest a wide age range of kids (and adults).Some of his best: The Mysterious Tadpolehttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0142401404Pecos Billhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0688099246The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash



Ruth Krauss


Why she’s great: Her stories are simple but charming. They’re to the point, and the vocabulary is outstanding. Great word choice. Many of her books are illustrated by greats like Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) and Crocket Johnson (Harold and the Purple Crayon).Some of his best: 

Arnold Lobel




Why he’s great: His illustrations are quality of the vintage sort, with sweet faces and detailed scenery. He doesn’t talk down to children, and his story lines are simple but engaging.Some of his best: Blueberries for Salhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=014050169X (quite possibly my all-time favorite early children’s book),Lentilhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0140502874Make Way for Ducklingshttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0670451495One Morning in Maine





Robert McCloskey




Why he’s great: He creates hilarious characters who interact in clever dialogue. His illustrations are beautiful, too.Some of his best: All the Frog and Toadhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0060580860 books,Owl at Homehttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0064440346Mouse Souphttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0064440419Fables

Beatrix Potter

 Why she’s great: She remains the best-selling children’s author of all time. Beatrix Potter’s books are chock full of great vocabulary, and her narrative style is heart-warming and funny. Great characters, too. And beautiful illustrations.Some of her best: The Tale of Peter Rabbithttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0723247706The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duckhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0723257949The Tale of Benjamin Bunny





Margret and H.A. Rey



Why they’re great: As a married couple with a fascinating story of adventure in their own life, the Reys created one of the most well-loved characters in children’s literature. They’ve created other wonderful characters as well, and a simple voice and universally-appealing plots make most of their works a classic.Some of they’re best: All seven of the original Curious George bookshttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0618164413(many were written later with the same character, but they weren’t penned by the original authors — and they’re not as good), Katy No-Pockethttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0395137179Billy’s Picturehttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0618494200Whiteblack the Penguin Sees the World



E.B. White




Why he’s great: He writes wonderful characters, and he has great word choice. His verbosity is descriptive, and his style softens your heart towards the meanest of his characters.Some of his best: Charlotte’s Webhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0064410935Stuart Littlehttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0060823348,The Trumpet of the Swan



Margaret Wise Brown




Why she’s great: You’re not allowed to have a list of great children’s book authors and not include her. More for the very young crowd, Margaret Wise Brown’s words rhythmically lead the reader on a comforting journey without dumbing down from poor word choice. A classic.Some of her best: Goodnight Moonhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0060775858The Runaway Bunnyhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0060775823Seven Little Postmenhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=betthiahe-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0307960374Big Red Barn






Julia with some of her characters
I grew up in a tall terraced Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Chopin waltzes.I studied Drama and French at Bristol University, where I met Malcolm, a guitar-playing medic to whom I’m now married

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