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.
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.
|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.