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Finding Great Authors for Kids

Updated on October 12, 2016
Stripes and lima beans...what a fun book this is.
Stripes and lima beans...what a fun book this is.

The market is flooded with books for children on every topic ...they come in every size, shape, and description to put it simply.

Sometimes the book with the flashy cover gets taken home and lies at the bottom of the bookcase or toy chest never to be read.

Choosing books by some of the authors who have stood the test of time will not be a disappointment. Especially if you bring enthusiasm to the reading time you establish in your home.

Some of the favorites: McLoskey, Lowrey, Shannnon, Willis Hudson, Dahl

Choosing outstanding books for children can be daunting. There are many books that have a catchy title and great art work but the story line is weak. The author of children's books often will lead you in the right direction.

David Shannon, Robert McLoskey, Janette Sebring Lowrey, Dr. Seuss, Tedd Arnold, Cheryll Willis Hudson, June Sobel, Roald Dahl and E.B. White are just a small number of the writers of children's books that have a story line that is engaging and some are cleverly illustrated. The ones that are not illustrated with pictures have been so carefully written that the mind pictures children can make of them bring the characters off the page and into their lives.

Selecting just the right book, the one that will be gently loved for years, can be daunting. Unless books are recommended by friends, family, or are ones you read and know about, you can spend hours in books stores pulling book after book off the shelf. Until at last, you find just the right book for your children or for the child within each of us. These choices will help you narrow the selection field.

Discover these authors of books that kids love to read over and over. They also love to have them read to them.

David Shannon

David Shannon, author and illustrator, has given us a number of books that children enjoy hearing and reading many times.

Some of his works are:

  • No, David
  • A Bad Case of the Stripes
  • How I Became a Pirate
  • David Goes to School
  • David Gets in Trouble

No, David tells a tale of the naughty things that David (Shannon) used to get scolded for as a child. He says he was always hearing, no, no, no. Tracking mud in the house, breaking plant pots, and jumping on the bed were a few of the things he liked to do. Sound familiar? Kids immediately love this character. Along with your child, discover these authors of children's books. You both with fall in love with books all over again.

Fun fun books..."More Parts"

Where did all of those stripes come from anyway?

The old saying 'you can't judge a book by its cover' may not always be accurate. You can tell by looking at its cover that A Bad Case of the Stripes will totally captivate the imagination. It has that little something that makes you wonder and eager to know the story. It is engaging from beginning to end.

One morning Camilla finds she is covered in stripes. As the story evolves and her need to rid herself of the stripes heightens, new twists and turns keep us wanting to know more.

Experts of one kind or another are consulted and none of them can 'fix' her. At last a little old lady saves the day. You must read the story to find out how the bad case of stripes was solved

The lovely lesson revealed in this story is to never be afraid to be yourself.

A curious little puppy does not want to listen to his Momma.
A curious little puppy does not want to listen to his Momma.

Robert McLoskey, Janette Sebring Lowrey

Make Way for Ducklings written by Robert McLoskey; The Poky Little Puppy written by Janette Sebring Lowrey.. these are two stories children never tire of hearing.

Robert McLoskey:

Mr. McLoskey is an interesting character himself. He suggests that he never really thought of himself as a writer. He originally was illustrating and would stick a word in here and there. Then it evolved. He makes it sound easy!!

Make Way for Ducklings is a page turner from beginning to end and all ages can enjoy it. The 'oohs' and aaahs' as the children see the detail in the illustrations makes it even more fun to read aloud. Surprisingly to some, the illustrations are not brightly colored. They are simple but exquisitely drawn images that invite the reader in to the story. This will become a book children will read and reread.

Janette Sebring Lowrey:

Ms. Lowrey wrote a number of books published by 'a Little Golden Books'. I remember sitting on my Momma's lap and listening to the stories night after night. The Poky Little Puppy is just a sweet little story primarily about a naughty little puppy who, unlike his siblings, finds it difficult to mind his Momma. Lovely lovely tale.

"No, David!!"

Horton, lovable elephant extraordinaire

When reading Horton Hatches the Egg, it is impossible not to fall in love with the main character, Horton. He agrees to 'baby sit' an egg while the Momma goes on vacation. Horton perches himself on a fragile-looking tree to take care of watching over the egg.

It rains. It 'lightninged'. It thundered. It snowed. Horton remained. While the Momma was away doing whatever she wanted, Horton was still there, on his perch because as you will find, 'an elephant is faithful, one hundred percent.'

Could there be a lesson here? No matter. It is one Dr. Seuss book you will be glad you have on your shelf.

Horton Hears a Who is another one of his books you will wish to have in your child's collection. A few years ago it was made into a movie. Again, I dragged my then 13 year old grandson off to watch it with me. I do not think he was enchanted by it to the degree I was, as a matter of fact, I know he was not, but he did not complain too much.

I am very protective about books being made in to movies. This one in my view was done well and maintained much of the integrity of the storybook version.

Nothing, however, replaces reading and sharing this book.. Horton, our fluffy, warm-hearted elephant, establishing a relationship with a tiny village of beings he discovers on a flower, is magical. Sometimes I think I think that word is over-used but in this case it just worked.

I was in the Tennessee several summers ago and there among the wildness of a forested area was THE flower from 'Horton Hears a Who' fame...it was captured and now follows me.

Share this lovely book and the DVD with your loved ones...but please, share the book first.

An elephant named Horton delights us again and again

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Horton said 'what he meant and meant what he said!'
Horton said 'what he meant and meant what he said!'
Horton said 'what he meant and meant what he said!'
Yet another way to interest our children and learning letters and words.
Yet another way to interest our children and learning letters and words.

Cheryll Willis Hudson

Cheryll Willis Hudson has written a number of books that bring the African American experience to children. A few of them are:

  • Afro-Bets 123 Book
  • Good Morning, Baby
  • Good Night, Baby
  • Compiled with her husband: How Sweet the Sound: African-American Songs for Children
  • Let's Count, Baby

She and her husband formed the publishing company, Just Us Books, which has done quite well. it is said to be the front runner in publishing music and children's books which capture the African American experience.

Read more: Cheryl Willis Hudson (1948-) Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Member, Writings, Sidelights - Books, African, American, and Children - JRank Articles http://biography.jrank.org/pages/1608/Hudson-Cheryl-Willis-1948.html#ixzz26fuLmCTw

Discovering the alphabet with a pirate-y theme..
Discovering the alphabet with a pirate-y theme..

Fun with our Alphabet

It seems that just when we think no one could possibly come up with another interest-catching way to deliver the abc's to our children, we find there are many we may not have discovered.

Afro-Bets is presented in a novel way....there are six main characters who twist and turn into the letters of the alphabet.

Cheryl Willis Hudson has written many books for children which carry her heritage into the hands of all of our children. Children are engaged by her writings and you will be too.

June Sobel

June Sobel enjoys creating pictures with words. She has given us a number of books including:

  • B is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC
  • The Good Night Train

An interesting point about B is for Bulldozer is that her son is fascinated with heavy equipment. She could find no book that was on topic so she wrote this one.

Shiver Me Letters another of her books is a tale of pirates who head out to find the letters of the alphabet. Colorful and filled with adventure, children quickly hop on board as this book is read.

Tedd Arnold

Tedd Arnold is an author and illustrator who has published over 60 books. Some of the favorites are the big-eyed characters that are in Fly Guy and many other books he has given us.

He is supposed to be a writer of children's books but if you select one of his books to read you will enjoy them as much as any child. He will bring the child back out of you.

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Tedd Arnold. He came to our county in Florida on two different occasions to share his books with children in our schools. He came to our school in the forest to bring the characters off the pages and into our minds and hearts.

The children listened intently as he told how he had decided to write the stories, where his ideas and inspiration had come from for his work. We were then treated to hearing him read his own words from a few of his books.

You will giggle and laugh out loud as you may find yourself and your children on some of the pages of his books.

More Parts

more Parts...this one will be read again and again.
more Parts...this one will be read again and again. | Source

Parts and More Parts

Tedd Arnold. If you know this name, you know how much fun his books are. Most if not all of hsi characters have the distinctive, ping pong ball-like eyes!!

It is too difficult to select one book of his that is my favorite. Parts and More Parts are two in which he finds the humor in many expressions we use such as 'crack me up.' His illustrations capture the humor of these expressions cleverly and completely fixes the image in our heads.

Other fun books are:

  • No Jumping on the Bed
  • Green Wilma
  • Ask Annie
  • Fly Guy

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Tedd Arnold. He came to our county in Florida on two different occasions to share his books with children in our schools. He came to our school in the forest to bring the characters off the pages and into our minds and hearts.

The children listened intently as he told how he had decided to write the stories, where his ideas and inspiration had come from for his work. We were then treated to hearing him read his own words from a few of his books.

You will giggle and laugh out loud as you may find yourself and your children on some of the pages of his books.

A wide selection of books awaits

As you know the few books mentioned here are only a tiny fraction of choices you can make for sharing literature with your children.

Hopefully, if you do not select one of these, you will make a trip to a book store and spend time browsing in the children's section. Be prepared to stay and take your time. There are so many new and old favorites waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

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    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      2 days ago from sunny Florida

      O yes...reading and books go together like apple pie and ice cream dont they? I know you enjoy reading as much as I do and sharing this love with kids is something I enjoy so much even though I am no longer teaching. Angels are headed to you all in Houston...bringing hugs and blessings ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Hopefully during the summer break many kids are reading books. It can take them places that they might never get to experience in their lives or even give them ideas of what they might wish to do when they grow up. Reading books can be fun but also so educational. Your ideas of ones for youngsters to start reading (or being read to by adults) are a good starting point. Hope that this day is a good one for you and your family.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 months ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Peggy...hoping all is good with you and yours and that your friends who suffered so during the hurricane are finding their footing once again. From the time I was a tiny girl I have had a love affair with books....they began when my Momma held me on her lap and read to me every single night before bed. And then I became a teacher and was able to share my passion with children. So many great books....so many experiences to revel in. Yes...you are correct....many are shopping on line and hopefully they are buying books...yes ...we can read on line but there is something so special about holding a book in our hands and enjoying the adventure that way.

      Angels once again are on the way ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Hope you all have a lovely and fun day together.

      After today the serious rush begins for those who love fighting crowds to purchase those perfect gifts for Christmas. Many others prefer making those purchases from the comfort of home via the Internet. The trend seems to be going in that direction with many stores closing this year.

      You have certainly mentioned many good books in this article of yours. Amazon probably has them all for sale which makes shopping a breeze.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 months ago from sunny Florida

      Thank you Peggy for stopping by. Hope you and your lovely family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. And I do hope these treasures are shared by many over the coming weeks and years.

      Angels headed your way this morning ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Good books are such a treasure! Happy to bring some attention to this post of yours just in time for the holiday gift giving. Sending virtual hugs and prayers for you and your family.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi peachpurple Yes...lots of kids like Cat in the Hat books. Seuss books are popular in part because of repetition and predictability . They like to know what is coming next and they like the element of surprise his books offer.

      Thank you for visiting.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      You know, I wrote this when I first stopped teaching and I still stand behind these books. Time are timeless...they will be fun to read in 100 years, no doubt. Some of them have been around for many years.

      They are fun stories often with lessons as you mentioned. I may have to share this too...and hopefully others can read these titles and pick them up at the library or bookstore. They are books you want in a home library.

      thanks for the share Peggy!!!

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      my kids love cat in the hat books very much, cute character

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We don't have little ones but will be happy to share your experiences for those who do by tweeting and sharing with my followers. They do sound cute and if they teach good lessons...what could be better than that!

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      cardelean: Don't you wish we had more time to just read and reread children's books??? Poky Little Puppy..I try to read it once a year at least. So glad to know you are out there enjoying these books as well!!

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      Steph72 

      6 years ago from Sunny Fl

      ok soooooo on the Christmas list I am sending to Santa is The poky little puppy!! I LOVED THAT BOOK growing I remember that story and can see him diggin that hole under the fence , my lil man would love that story.I wish they had it in board book this will be one he has to sit on mommy's lap for!!

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      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      We have EVERY single one of these books and they are all fabulous. My very favorites are a Bad Case of the Stripes, Parts (and More Parts) and my childhood favorite, The Poky Little Puppy. Books are always part of our gift giving tradition and these are all great choices.

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