Here are just a few of my absolute favorite authors who write children's books. Check out one of their picture books today!
Oliver Jeffers makes art and tells stories. His books have won several awards including the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Kevin Henkes is a writer and illustrator. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com
Bob Shea is the author-illustrator of four Dinosaur vs books, and many other picture books, including I'm a Shark. Dinosaur was inspired by his son. Bob is an eager and talented promoter of his books. He has his own graphic design company and lives in Connecticut.
Mac Barnett is the author of four books illustrated by Jon Klassen: Extra Yarn, which won a Caldecott Honor and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award; Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, which won a Caldecott Honor and an E. B. White Award; Triangle; and Square. With Jory John, he is the co-author of the New York Times best-selling series The Terrible Two. He has written numerous other books, as well. Mac Barnett lives in California.
JAN THOMAS is the creator of many hilarious, rhyming books for young readers. When she isn't working on children's books, she's painting pictures, playing the drums, backpacking, or wrangling dust bunnies.
Herve Tullet has been an art director at various ad agencies, a magazine illustrator, and for the past 15 years, a creator of children's books. He lives with his two sons and daughter in Paris.
Rachel Isadora lived in Africa for over a ten-year period, inspiring her to create fairy tales with an African setting. She received a Caldecott Honor for Ben’s Trumpet and is the author of the popular Lili at Ballet series. She lives in New York City.
Emma Dodd has created many books to critical acclaim in both the US and the UK. She works from a studio in Surrey, England.
Ed Emberley is the illustrator and author of over 80 books, including the bestselling Go Away, Big Green Monster! He has received many awards and accolades, including a Caldecott Honor in 1967 and a Caldecott Medal in 1968. Ed lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts, with his family.
Susan Middleton Elya
Susan Middleton Elya is the author of many books that cleverly incorporate Spanish vocabulary into lively verse. Her writing has been described as “Perfect for bilingual classes stretching their English wings and a charming way to introduce Spanish to English speakers” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
- Ms. Wendy