Thursday, March 12, 2009

New to me children's authors

As Kiddo is learning to read, and I am spending more and more time in the "leveled readers" section of the library, I am becoming aware that there are particular authors that I come back to time after time. They are authors I can count on to have a well-written book that Kiddo will likely enjoy and be able to read. One author I try to find is Dana Meachen Rau. I had never heard of her before, but she is quite prolific. The books we have read of hers have been some of Kiddo's favorites. Often I try to read the books before I check them out of the library, or at least preview the word list. With the leveled readers we have checked out by Dana Meachen Rau, I don't. I haven't found one that didn't work for Kiddo. It might just be that she is a good fit for Kiddo at this level. I don't know, but I will continue to seek out her books.

Another author we have discovered is Cynthia Rylant. She is the author of the Henry and Mudge series, but she is also the author of a number of other wonderful books, including Snow, Silver Packages, When I was Young in the Mountains, and many more.

These authors have been added to the long list of our favorites like Jan Brett, Robert McClosky, Dr. Seuss, Ezra Jack Keats, Virginia Lee Burton, Eric Carle, Shel Silverstein, Crockett Johnson, Maurice Sendak, to name a few. At this point, I could probably name more favorite children's authors than favorite adult authors, in spite of my English major! Just means we read. A lot. Which is good.


kemtee said...

Cynthia Rylant is a fabulous author. Check out her Mr. Putter & Tabby series, as well as the Poppleton books, if you haven't already.

schmobes said...

We haven't checked those out yet, but we will! Any other favorites? We read so much, I am always on the hunt for more good stuff!