Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Authors (Picture Book)

The Broke and the Bookish hosts Top Ten Tuesday.  Since it is Top Ten Tuesday Rewind, I decided to write about my favorite authors, specifically picture book ones.  I hope you will be inspired to check out some new authors.  Click on the authors' names for their sites or book lists.

1.      Karma Wilson.   I was so charmed by Bear Feels Sick,  I set out to read all of her books which I accomplished with the exception of the Calico series.   Her adorable characters, rhythmic text, and humor make nearly every book a homerun! 
2.     Nancy Elizabeth Wallace.  I have read several of her books on science topics.  She does an outstanding job breaking down concepts so that preschool age children will understand them.  Her narrative frameworks, plots, and characters are highly appealing to youngsters.
3.     David Shannon.  He has created many memorable characters—David, Fergus, Alice--and creative situations—catching stripes,  a duck on a bike, and pirates changing diapers.  Every book is a humorous delight. 
4.     Melanie Watt.  Chester became an instant hit in my house!  We found the books at the library one afternoon.  Since then, I have bought all of them.  The whole family finds them entertaining.  My son even has his own Chester voice/persona he brings out to make us laugh. Her Scaredy Squirrl series is also a lot of fun.  
5.     Harry Allard.  I grew up with the classic Miss Marshall series.  They are favorites of my children too. 
6.     Eric Carle.  His books were the staple of my children’s childhood.  They loved Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Ladybug, and The Mixed Up Chameleon. 
7.     Chris Van Allsburg.   His illustrations are always stunning.  His narratives are thought-provoking, ironic, and original.  I have read most of his books several times to myself and to my children. 
8.     Tomie dePaola.  Like Van Allsburg, his illustrations are amazing and his story telling provocative.   His legends have a spiritual and reverend quality.  
9.     Steven Kellogg. His illustrations are detailed and energetic.   I love his creative storytelling and rabuctious characters.  From his tall tales to his original accounts, he always has an entertaining story to share. 
10.  Dr. Seuss.  What favorite picture book list is complete without him?  I grew up reading his books.  My children learned to read using his books.  A childhood is incomplete without One Fish, Two Fish, The Cat in the Hat, and The Lorax.  

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  1. I love the very political Dr. Seuss! Great list :)

  2. Great list! I love Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss.

  3. Great choices! I didn't do a Top Ten on my Children's/Young Adult blog, but we have a similar focus if you want to check it out...


  4. that is a great list of children's author's. I enjoy many of those books as well. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  5. Glad to see David Shannon made your list. I love his picture books too. They have such kid appeal. Duck on a Bike is a hoot.

  6. Great choices, picture books are great.

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  7. I don't think I'll ever grow out of my love for Eric Carle, Seuss, or Chris Van Allsburg. Great list!

  8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a hit in our house at the moment! Every day we have to go through (several times) everything he eats. I will have to check out his other books for my son

  9. Oh, I love this list. Nothing like a great picture book author like David Shannon. Says so much with so little.

    Here's my post for Top Ten Tuesday, a list of the books that most intimidate me.

    And I'll be part of the Easter Eggstravaganza Blog Hop Giveaway that begins tomorrow. I hope you will stop by my blog and enter my giveaways to try to win some great prizes.

  10. I grew up on the Dr. Seuss books... I could still probably recite most of them from memory. My favorite section to recite or read aloud is the Tweetle Beetle Puddle Battle. Hahaha! Love it.

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog. I think the book you mentioned: Love, Betrayal, Hold the Mayo sounds very funny. I actually had a hard time coming up with funny titles. It was like my brain drew a big blank when I started typing and I wasn't sitting in front of a bookcase of funny titles. So I went to the Internet for ideas and the first book title I found was so funny but I decided I shouldn't use it since I haven't read the book: Pooh Gets Stuck!

  12. Great list, I'm always looking for good books for my grandkids.


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