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Picture Book Authors

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Picture books are an excellent starting point for beginning readers. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 enjoy reading fictional stories that they can relate to in some way or that tell a fantastical story. Children who are too old for toddler books but are not quite ready for chapter books might also enjoy reading some nonfiction picture books by their favorite authors, too.

Favorite Authors

Many picture book authors are quite well known. Dr. Seuess, Jane Yolen and Doreen Cronin are just a few. However, plenty of other famous kid's books are by other equally talented writers.

The table below outlines several famous and favorite authors of picture books. By no means is the list exhaustive in either authors or their works listed, but rather a place to begin looking for some excellent sources of children's fiction.

Favorite Authors of Picture Books
Author Selection of Famous Books
Arnosky, Jim Rabbits and Raindrops, Every Autumn Comes the Bear, Raccoons and Ripe Corn
Brett, Jan The Three Snow Bears, The Mitten
Brown, Marc Arthur book series
Crews, Donald Freight Train, Truck, School Bus
Feiffer, Jules Bark, George
Fox, Mem Hattie and the Fox, Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge
Freeman, Don Corduroy, A Pocket for Corduroy
Galdone, Paul The Three Bears, The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs
Henkes, Kevin Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, Birds
Lionni, Leo Swimmy, A Color of His Own
London, Jonathan Let's Go, Froggy!, Froggy Rides a Bike
Martin, Bill Jr. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (with John Archambault)
McCloskey, Robert Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal
Most, Bernard If the Dinosaurs Came Back, The Cow That Went Oink
Numeroff, Laura If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Pig a Pancake
Shannon, David Duck on a Bike, No, David!, David Goes to School
Von Allsburg, Chris The Polar Express
Wise Brown, Margaret Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, The Important Book
Wood, Audrey The Napping House, Silly Sally

The books in the table include some that are perfect as read aloud books for toddlers, as first grade reading books or for older children who are moving onto more difficult authors and books.

The authors themselves often get involved and excited about children reading their books. A quick Internet search of your favorite author often reveals a personal website with fun games and activities to do that include characters from their books. Jan Brett, for example, offers coloring pages, activities, contests, cards and even blog links from her website.

Finding Great Picture Books

Look for the best children's picture books by your favorite author at the library and bookstore. Keep an eye on any reading lists sent home from the library or school, as a new author you have not read before may be listed. Find more new authors by reading book reviews for kids, too.

Picture Book Authors