We saw one of Jason's friends at the library tonight, and upon seeing us he exclaimed, "Hey! Small world! What are the chances of seeing you guys at the library?" Jason and I must have had the same about-to-say-something expression on our face because only a second later our friend said, "Oh, that's right. It's Tuesday. You guys are always here."
Yes, Tuesday nights we are at the library. I have written much about our love affair with our local library, so I don't need to go over that again. I don't, however, write much about the books we get, and after two years of Tuesday nights at the library I can tell you that there are many books that have found their way into our home for a three-week stay. Some have multiple stays. Some go back before their visit is due to expire. At any rate, we read a lot of books, and I think it's safe to say that Jason is as familiar with children's books as I am, particularly since he is the bedtime story reader. One of these days I think I'll write my own children's book--and if I'm lucky maybe my brother will even illustrate it--and then my life will be complete.
Considering my persistent contact with children's books, I thought I should mention some of our favorites. I'm thinking I should do this more regularly, not only to record what's happening in the Creature Bug book world at any given moment, but also so that you might share with me some of your favorites (see, I'm tricky that way).
That said, I'm answering Alison's question from last week about who some of our favorite pre-school/kindergarten authors are. (PS: I haven't forgotten I still have some questions to answer from this long ago post. Soonly. Promise.) Some of them are more well-known; some may be a bit more unfamiliar.
Here's a short list of some of our favorite authors who have multiple books to their name (not to be confused with our favorite illustrators, or authors who only have one book to their name):
- Mo Willems: Already mentioned, and when I was perusing my archives I stumbled across this video of Sydney "reading" an Elephant and Piggie book. Gosh, I love three year olds. It's worth noting that we're more keen on reading his more recent books. He's probably one of the funniest authors we read.
- Laura Numeroff: Well-known for her If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and other similarly themed books.
- Karma Wilson: Her Bear series is charming (Bear Snores On, Bear Feels Sick...)
- Karen Ackerman: She writes a lot of older fiction, but her picture books are lovely too. Our favorite is Song and Dance Man, which is a wonderful story about the dancing adventures of a grandpa when he was younger.
- Helen Cooper: Fun, wonderful illustrations, clever use of word presentation. Our favorites? Delicious and Pumpkin Soup.
- Amy Young: for her Belinda the Ballerina series.
- Audrey Wood: Sure her Napping House and Piggies is geared towards a younger audience, but she has some lovely books for older kids. Jubal's Wish, Heckedy Peg, and King Bidgood's in the Bathtub are fabulous. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that they are gorgeously illustrated.
- Amy Hest: Another author with lots of books that span the ages. I love Mabel Dancing though. And Kiss Good Night.
- Ian Falconer: Not everybody enjoys Olivia the famous pig, but we do.
- Melanie Watt: I hear her Chester books are hilarious, but we've only read Augustine and Leon the Chameleon.
And a few toddler authors we're fond of: Rachel Isadora, Jez Alborough, Crockett Johnson, and Anna Dewdney.
There's my Top Ten for kiddie lit authors we book stalk. How about you? Any favorite authors that I need to check out next week when I'm at the library?