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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