As kids, we all loved reading books. Books are the medium through which the thoughts of a child and his character can be molded. Therefore reading the correct kids’ books becomes very important. There are thousands and thousands of children’s books available in book stores and in libraries. It is a big task for parents to find the best book that can be a value addition for the child and can interest him as well. To make your task easier given below is a list of the top 10 children’s books writers. Be sure that your child will love reading their books.
1. Kevin Henkes:
He is a successful illustrator and author of children’s books who has won the Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Honor in these two fields. ‘Kitten’s First Full Moon’ was one of his most famous books ever written. He also writes for young – adult fiction and many of his stories are based on his own life experiences.
2. Patricia Polacco:
She too is an illustrator and author of children’s books. The books contain beautiful culture, simple language and great illustrations making her books a must read for children and young kids. Some of her works are Chicken Sunday, Thank You, Mr. Falker and My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother; to name just a few.
3. Eric Carle:
His most famous children’s book has been ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ which has been translated into almost 48 languages. His first story illustration was ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ which was a huge bestseller. The illustrations used by him were very different, normally made of hand – painted papers and converted into beautiful images. His books bring out his love of nature. His books are not only entertaining but also full of knowledge and learning.
4. Beatrix Potter:
She created the famous Peter Rabbit character from the book ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’. She had to stay at home and learn music and fine art, while her brother was sent to school. Her collection of books includes – The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, The Tale of Two Bad Mice and The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.
5. E.B. White:
This author of children’s books was born in New York. He has written many novels for children which include some famous names as Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan. As guessed correctly many of his novels have been turned into big animation flicks that have done exceedingly well at the box – office.
6. Margaret Wise Brown:
She was an American author of children’s books. She was born in New York and did her schooling in Connecticut. Her first book was ‘When the Wind Blew’. After came a series of books like ‘The Runaway Bunny’, ‘Little Island’, ‘Goodnight Moon’, etc. By the time she died she had written almost a hundred books. Many of them were printed after her death.
7. Maurice Sendak:
He is an American writer and illustrator of children’s books. His famous book is ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ which was published in the year 1963. It was a book based on children’s fantasy. His other famous books are ‘In the Night Kitchen’ and ‘Outside, Over There’.
8. Shel Silverstein:
He was not only an author of children’s books but was also a poet, song writer, musician, composer, cartoonist and screenwriter. His books have been translated into 20 languages and have been sold worldwide. He began by writing children’s poems. His most famous children’s book was ‘The Giving Tree’. He had his own quirky and laid back style of writing books for children. Some of his own favorites were ‘Uncle Shelby’s ABZ’ and ‘A Giraffe and a Half’ and ‘The Lion who Shot Back’.
9. Dr. Seuss:
His complete name is Theodor Seuss Geisel. His wife encouraged him to write books for children. His most popular books include The Cat in the Hat and the book Horton Hears a Who. The second book has also been converted into an animated movie which received great reviews.
10. Chris Van Allsburg:
Chris Van Allsburg is an American author and illustrator of books for children. His books are not the typical children books types. In fact through his books he tries to capture the negative aspects of human life. For example, in his book ‘The Wretched Stone’ he has tried to explain about the negative impact of watching television. Some of his other books based on similar ideas were ‘The Sweetest Fig’ and ‘The Mysteries of Harris Burdick’. Some of the other concepts that he uses in writing are dreams, environment and things with lives of their own as brought about in his book ‘Jumanji’. He also won a Caldecott Medal for this book. He won the same medal for yet another of his beautiful works ‘The Polar Express’. Both these books were converted into movies and both received great appreciation from their audiences.
These are some of the best authors for children’s books. Each author has his own style of writing and visualizing. These books cover a range of topics, from nature to animals to life and even dreams. The stories can be used a great deal of learning and can act as guides for your kids. As a parent you can always help your child learn a lot through reading books of such great writers rather than watching television all the time.