Great Picture Book Authors

dr-seuss-2009-032On 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?:

kelloggSteven Kellogg — check out his books, visit his website

fleming

Denise Fleming — check out her books, visit her website

mcphailDavid McPhail–check out his books

willems1Mo Willems–check out his books, visit his website

carle1Eric Carle–check out his books, visit his website

seeger1Laura Vaccaro Seeger–check out her books, visit her website

                                                                                 

 

Dana Zakrzewski

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