Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Children's Book Authors

I haven't done a top 5 list in a long time, and I thought I was about due.

There is a special level of books that form a big part of our childhood memories. The board books we had as babies probably don't hold a lot of sentimental value for us, and the chapter books come after we've learned to read. But what about that in-between period? These are the books that we remember fondly out entire lives. The Cat in the Hat, Tootle, Mr. Dog and others are part of our past. I've especially seen this with my kids. I'll pick up a book to read to them, and realize that we are connecting over generations with something special and shared. And the people who write these books often don't get the credit they deserve. So here are the Top 5 Children's Book Authors: (Note: Dr. Seuss didn't make the list. Feel free to burn me as a heretic later.)

1. Tomie DePaola
2. Margaret Wise Brown
3. Barbara Cooney
4. Maurice Sendak
5. Ian Falconer


DebD said…
I am unfamiliar with Ian Falconner, but the others I wholeheartedly agree. I would only like to add Shirley Hughes and Arnold Lobel to that list.
Rick said…
Ian Falconer writes a series of books about a pig named Olivia.

My wife would probably include Shirley Hughes on her list as well, but for some reason I've never liked Alfie.