30 Favorite Children’s Book Authors

We *love* to read at our house and I think it is one of the most important things you can do with your child, starting from the very beginning!  Here is a listing of 30 of our favorite children’s book authors both classic and contemporary.  We’ve enjoyed these authors’ books during the time from birth to age 4 (the age of my oldest).  I tried to limit the list to authors who have written multiple children’s books that we love.  Most of these are picture book authors, but I threw in a couple of poets and chapter book authors as well.  

30 Favorite Children’s Book Authors

  1. Jan and Stan Berenstain
  2. Sandra Boynton
  3. Jeff Brown
  4. Margaret Wise Brown
  5. Eve Bunting
  6. Virginia Lee Burton
  7. Eileen Christelow
  8. Beverly Cleary
  9. Donald Crews
  10. Tomie dePaola
  11. Anna Dewdney 
  12. Kate DiCamillo
  13. P. D. Eastman
  14. Don Freeman
  15. Kevin Henkes
  16. Mary Ann Hoberman
  17. Bruce Laskey
  18. Arnold Lobel
  19. Bill Martin Jr.
  20. Mary Pope Osborne
  21. Beatrix Potter
  22. Dr. Seuss – Theo LeSeig
  23. David Shannon
  24. Shel Silverstein
  25. Iza Trapani
  26. E. B. White
  27. Mo Willems
  28. Karma Wilson
  29. Audrey Wood
  30. Jane Yolen

How can you use this list?  
  • I’m going to print the list to keep in our library bag so the next time we have trouble finding books while simply browsing, I can lead us in a good direction. 
  • If you’d like to start doing author’s studies, this is a great reference list; just choose one author and read as many books as you can by them.  You can compare and contrast their different books, and hopefully your child will be able to start recognizing books by the author’s name and not just the title!  
  • Add books by these authors to your home library.
  • If you need a gift for a baby shower or a birthday, any book by one of these authors would make a great one! 

Enjoy! 🙂

Which authors are your favorites?


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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

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