On Monday, as we celebrated Dr. Seuss’s 105th birthday at the North Branch, I started to ruminate on his influence. Could any other author ever instill a love of reading for generations as Dr. Seuss has? I seriously doubt there will ever be another children’s author with such a distinctive artistic style, capacity for rhyme, and the rare ability to provide social and political commentary without sacrificing quality.
That said, there are many excellent children’s authors writing and illustrating today whose illustrations and writing styles distinguish them from their peers. Granted, they aren’t Seussian in caliber, but who (besides Theodore Geisel) is?
Here are a few contemporary children’s authors whose work is easily distinguished by the style and quality of their texts and illustrations. Who do you think are the most disctinctive children’s authors?:
David McPhail–check out his books