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message 1: by Meg (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:59AM) (new)

Meg (roygbivsbooklog) | 15 comments Mod
Who are ten kids' authors you think belong on the radar of every person working with and/or living with children under two?

Under five?

Children in elementary school?

How about ten must-read authors for teens?

Please give us your list(s).


message 2: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:07PM) (new)

Lori For children under 2:
Sandra Boynton
Eric Carle
Margaret Wise Brown


Under 5:
Mercer Mayer


Elementary School:
Laura Ingalls Wilder


still thinking . . .


message 3: by Jessica (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:08PM) (new)

Jessica These are some of my favorites for babies through preschool (and beyond):

Dr. Seuss
Sandra Boynton
Kevin Henkes
Peggy Rathman
Maurice Sendak
Mo Willems
Maira Kalman
Donald Crews
Dav Pilkey
Shel Silverstein


message 4: by Vanessa (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:09PM) (new)

Vanessa | 10 comments Here's a few off the top of my head:

Babies and toddlers:

Eric Hill (the Spot books)
MAtthew Van Fleet (Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings etc)
David A. Carter (Jinglebugs etc)
Donald Crews
Margaret Wise Brown
Dr. Seuss
Eric Carle

5-ish and under
Dr. Seuss
Dav Pilkey
Margret Rey

School age
Peter Kent
Beverley Cleary
Dav Pilkey
J.K. Rowling
Laura ingalls Wilder


message 5: by Vanessa (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:09PM) (new)

Vanessa | 10 comments Here's a few off the top of my head:

Babies and toddlers:

Eric Hill (the Spot books)
MAtthew Van Fleet (Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings etc)
David A. Carter (Jinglebugs etc)
Donald Crews
Margaret Wise Brown
Dr. Seuss
Eric Carle

5-ish and under
Dr. Seuss
Dav Pilkey
Margret Rey

School age
Peter Kent
Beverley Cleary
Dav Pilkey
J.K. Rowling
Laura ingalls Wilder


message 6: by Tracy O (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:20PM) (new)

Tracy O | 5 comments My picks for the 4-6 set:

Maira Kalman's books (all the Max books and Stay Up Late)
Anything illustrated/written by Giselle Potter
Maurice Sendak: A Hole is to Dig
David Shannon (the David books and When I Was a Pirate)

Vintage/out-of-print: Sing, Sang & Sung; Space Witch; Dorie's Magic


message 7: by Pinky (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:30PM) (new)

Pinky | 1 comments I'm putting what I consider staples, which most will say are classics. I have found that those that are introduced to them at a young age have a stronger cognitive developement, wider lexical comprehension, broader sense of creativity, and an overall thirst for literature for their entire life.
But I am by no means a snob about books! I have just found that there is a reason that these have lasted the ages, and children redily connect with the characters., all the while pushing them on all mental levels.

Under two:
Read . Read what you are reading allowed to your kids; read the newpaper; read little picture story books; read your own stories. At this age children are learning language and they will not be able to "read" but the more you read to them, the more they will love reading when they get older, and that is the goal: to love to read.

Under five:
A.A. Milne
Beatrix Potter
Shel Silverstein
Mother Goose
Dr Seuss
Robert Munsch
Stephen Cosgrove

Primary:
E.B. White: Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan, Charlotte's Web
Kipling
Francis Hodgson Burnett: A Little Princess, Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy
Lucy Maud Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Roald Dahl
J.K. Rowling
Edward Stratemeyer Nancy Drew
Franklin W. Dixon The Hardy Boys
Louisa May Alcott: Little Women, Little Men, Rose in Bloom
Jonathan Swift
C.S. Lewis
Daniel Dufoe
Donald J. Sobol Encyclopedia Brown
Choose Your Own Adventure
J.R. Tolkien
Mark Twain
{ Ann M. Martin Baby-Sitters Club*}
{ Francine Pascal Sweet Valley High*}
{ Judy Blume*}
*bleeds into teen girls

Secondary:
R.L. Stine Fear Street Series
Christopher Pike
Shakespeare
Emily Bronte
Charlotte Bronte
Emily Dickinson
Jane Austen
Alexandre Dumas
Ernest Hemingway
James Joyce
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Rafael Sabatini
Christina Rossetti
Ray Bradbury
George Orwell
Anthony Burgess
Aldous Huxley
Mary Shelly
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Oscar Wilde
H.P. Lovecraft


I'm going to stop there...I can go on for ages. You can guess that I was one of the Scholastic kids that waited and waited for the next book fair with all my allowence money, can't you? I know that most of what I have for secondary students, they will probably come across in their school lit classes, but if they don't, they are authors that should be explored, and definately on hand in a home.
I have used all of these, and many more, in teaching/tutoring children in English comprehension, and I have found that even the most stubborn child, I can find a book that they get into, which is key for literary developement.
I also have stuck with fiction, and have put quite a bit of poetry in. But not all people are made for fiction, and this can start at a very young age, so it is imperative that caregivers notice this early on, or a child may loose hope for reading. There are so many wonderful non-fiction writers, these children need not be lost!


message 8: by Gretchen (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:32PM) (new)

Gretchen Schomer | 4 comments Hi, I hope to be listed in that list 20 years from now. Our books have just been chosen by the NBA (Basketball) outreach program and the San Diego Library literacy Program. Our books teach kids geography, how to read through rhyme (like Dr. Seuss) and they are entertaining for the kids and adults. "Becka and the Big Bubble." Becka blows a magic bubble and travels all over the world. Our latest books is: "Becka goes to India". Thank you.
Gretchen Schomer Wendel, author


message 9: by Jackie "the Librarian" (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:37PM) (new)

Jackie "the Librarian" Under two:
Nancy Tafuri
Helen Oxenbury
Donald Crews
Rosemary Wells
Iona and Peter Opie
Audrey Wood
Eric Carle
Denise Fleming
Tana Hoban
Margaret Wise Brown

Under Five:
Dr. Seuss
David McPhail
Bill Martin
Gene Zion - Harry the Dirty Dog!
Beatrix Potter
Russell Hoban
Maurice Sendak
James Marshall
Cynthia Rylant
Arnold Lobel

Children in elementary school:
Mary Pope Osborne
Barbara Park
Jon Scieczka
Beverly Cleary
E. B. White
Lloyd Alexander
Roald Dahl
Bruce Coville
C. S. Lewis
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Dav Pilkey
Jean Craighead George
Brian Jacques

Teens:
Louis Sachar
Wendelin Van Draanen
Gary Paulsen
Jerry Spinelli
Cynthia Voigt
Sarah Dessen
Louise Rennison
Jane Yolen
Tamora Pierce
Chris Crutcher


message 10: by J-Lynn Van Pelt (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:01PM) (new)

J-Lynn Van Pelt | 2 comments Must Read for teens that weren't listed:

Sharon Draper
Angela Johnson
Orson Scott Card
Jacquline Woodson
Neal Shusterman
Gail Carson Levine
Robin McKinley
Anthony Horowitz
Christopher Poalini (Published at 15)
Amelia Atwater Rhodes (Published at 15)
Meg Cabot
Ann Brashares


message 11: by Nancy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:01PM) (new)

Nancy | 4 comments authors for elementary/middle school children:

Shel Silverstein
Jack Prelutsky
Chris Van Allsburg
Dr. Seuss
Susan Cooper
JK Rowling
Lois Lowry
Gail Carson Levine
Karen Hesse
Margaret Haddix
Paul Galdone
Beatrix Potter
Richard Peck
Phillip Pullman
Mildred D. Taylor


message 12: by Tricia (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:07PM) (new)

Tricia | 1 comments I don't want to repeat the many great suggestions already posted, but I would like to add Lois Lowry to the list of authors for kids age 10-14.


message 13: by Kelly Rueda (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:44PM) (new)

Kelly Rueda | 1 comments What about Walter Dean Myers, Jerry Spinelli for 12-14??


message 14: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (scharle4) | 1 comments For teens I would also add Scott Westerfeld

Avi, E. L. Konigsburg and Andrew Clements are wonderful school age author in my opinion.

Babies/Toddlers I would have to say Karen Katz--my daughter LOVES her books.


message 15: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra One I haven't seen mentioned yet, Maurice Sendak.


message 16: by Jessica (new)

Jessica As my kids are still young I haven't explored much beyond preschool, but these authors are two of my favorites.

Under five:
Ezra Jack Keats
Vera Williams


message 17: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I was surprised not see Leo Lionni on the under 5 list. Nobody mentioned Jim Benton (he has two very popular series for the elementary school age). I think Eoin Colfer was overlooked for the elementary/middle school age. For teens, a few of my favorites are Laurie Halse Anderson, Deb Caletti, and Meg Cabot.


message 18: by Kim (last edited Feb 15, 2008 04:20PM) (new)

Kim Under 2:
Robert McCloskey is a definite and I was happy to see that someone mentioned Ezra Jack Keats!
Tomie DiPaolo
Richard Scarry,
Martin Hanford (Where's Waldo)
Charles Schultz (maybe elementary school),
Russell Holban (Frances books-maybe elementary school)

Middle School:
Bruce Brooks
Katherine Patterson,
James and Christopher Collier, (My brother Sam is Dead)

Teens:
Sonya Sones
MC Escher
Franchesca Lia Block
Harper Lee
JD Salinger
Jack Kerouac
Hunter S Thompson (could be radical, but I think important)
SE Hinton
Thoreau
Tom Wolfe
Thomas Wolfe
James Joyce (for the overachievers)
Jane Austen
The Bronte Sisters
Robert Cormier




message 19: by Odile (new)

Odile | 1 comments My son is 5 and we both like the Cynthia Rylant books, especially Mr Putter and his fine cat Tabby or Poppleton.
We also like the Suzanne Tate collection and the Cat in the Hat's learning library one.
I also recommend all the Robert Munsch books. We love the crazy spirit of these stories. Very fun.



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message 21: by Pat (new)

Pat Miller (patzietlowmiller) | 1 comments Here are some of my favorite picture book authors in no particular order:

Kevin Henkes
Judith Viorst
Mem Fox
Maurice Sendak
Cari Best
Pat Brisson
Dori Chaconas
Jill Esbaum
Jacqui Robbins
Jane Yolen

It's always fun looking for more!

Pat Zietlow Miller
http://www.patzietlowmiller.com




message 22: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne Mulcahy | 25 comments I would love to be on this list for children's picture books. I wrote an award winning book entitled, "Who Am I?", about a panda bear named "Yin" who goes on a journey in search of himself. Along the way he discovers his heart, which holds all of his special gifts that he can share with others. My girlfriend did the illustrations and they are incredible.

You can see this book at my website:
http://www.pandaheartpublishing.com
Suzanne Mulcahy


message 23: by Chloe (new)

Chloe (kidyoga18gmailcom) Vanessa wrote: "Here's a few off the top of my head:

Babies and toddlers:

Eric Hill (the Spot books)
MAtthew Van Fleet (Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings etc)
David A. Carter (Jinglebugs etc)
Donald Crews
Margaret Wise Bro..."

Dav Pikley is a funny author.

-Chloe



message 24: by Chloe (new)

Chloe (kidyoga18gmailcom) Vanessa wrote: "Here's a few off the top of my head:

Babies and toddlers:

Eric Hill (the Spot books)
MAtthew Van Fleet (Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings etc)
David A. Carter (Jinglebugs etc)
Donald Crews
Margaret Wise Bro..."


Do you know Amy?


message 25: by Scarlett (new)

Scarlett (scarlettakasher) | 2 comments Under 2 -
Pat the Cat bk...don't know the author..but also did another tactile book.
Dr. Seuss
Mother Goose
Tana Hoban (can't believe I didn't see this name already)

Others:(no particular ages given, but you probably already know)
S.E. Hinton
Tomie DiPaolo
Donald Crews
Bill Martin
Barbara Park
Jack Prelutsky
David Shannon (who will ever forget NO, DAVID!)




message 26: by Jen (new)

Jen White | 4 comments For kids that have an offbeat sense of humor, here's my 8-12 list:

Shel Silverstein
Dr. Seuss
Maurice Sendak
Raoul Dahl
Jennifer Lasker White
C.S. Lewis


message 27: by Tara (new)

Tara | 5 comments I've got to tell you I'm impressed. I read your list and recognized all but Jennifer Lasker White so I jumped onto Amazon to see what I was missing and then I realize you are Jennifer Lasker White! Good marketing! I love that you and your son work together,
that's so cool, my daughter's and I will definitely check out your work. Thanks for your clever introduction to a new (to us) artist.


message 28: by Jen (new)

Jen White | 4 comments Thanks, Tara! If you want to have some fun with your daughter, check out our website at www.coolheadluke.com. You can click on the "poems and drawings" tab for a preview of our books. Look around, too. There are other activities there for kids. Enjoy!


message 29: by Ruth Wilson (new)

Ruth Wilson | 25 comments Pinky wrote: "I'm putting what I consider staples, which most will say are classics. I have found that those that are introduced to them at a young age have a stronger cognitive developement, wider lexical comp..."

Thank you for a very thoughtful comment. It was way back in September, but just came upon it on this glorious snow day. :)

Do you know any particular non-fiction books? I wonder if my son is one of those that might enjoy non-fiction more than fiction. He often feels a lot of fiction books for his age (8) are too silly. I personally like silly, but he's a pretty serious little boy.


message 30: by P_Str8 (new)

P_Str8 | 2 comments How about ten must-read authors/books for middle schoolers/teens?

Madeleine L'Engle
C.S. Lewis
Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula

Nesbit, E. (Edith) - Railway Children
The Lightning Thief
The Phantom Tollbooth
Rowling J K


I know I have more, but these are great to start with! Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula (Cassidy Jones Adventures, Book One) by Elise Stokes


message 31: by Terry (new)

Terry (readingtub) Wow ...

Infant to five
Sandra Boynton
Mem Fox
Kevin Henkes
Erica Perl
Bill Martin/Eric Carle


Children in elementary school (thinking Ready to Read authors)
Mo Willems
Dr. Seuss
Jack Prelutsky
Cynthia Rylant

Must-read authors for pre-teens and teens ...
Laurie Halse Anderson
Beverley Naidoo
Rick Riordan
Erin Hunter

Linda Sue Park
Mitali Perkins


message 32: by Ellen Grahl (new)

Ellen Grahl | 2 comments Its tough...so many good authors out there...and still so many to learn...The first 10 that come to mind are:

Roald Dahl
Dr. Seuss
Margaret Brown Wise
Chris Van Allsburg
Eric Carle
Shel Silverstein
Carl Hiassan
J K Rowling
Geranamo Stilton
Jeff Kinney


message 33: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay (lindsayknops) | 2 comments Shel Silverstein
Judy Blume
Sandra Boynton
Dr. Seuss
Eric Carle
Roald Dahl (!!!)
Ezra Jack Keats
Jan Brett
Tomie De Paola
Beverly Cleary
Faith Ringgold
Patricia Polacco
E.B. White
Natalie Babbitt
Kate DiCamillo
Steven Kellogg


I could go on and on!


message 34: by Sheila (new)

Sheila Welch (sheilakellywelch) | 6 comments Add to Lindsay's list:
Bill Peet
Leo Lionni
Walter Dean Myers
Christopher Paul Curtis
Katherine Paterson
Kevin Henkes
A.A. Milne
E. Nesbit
Betsy Byars
Lois Lowry
Maurice Sendak
Gary Soto

. . . and so many more!


message 35: by Patricia (new)

Patricia (ahomecalledmercy) | 1 comments I'm familiar with many of these authors. Can we get a list of top ten titles?


message 36: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Douglass (rdouglass) | 13 comments Ruth wrote: "Pinky wrote: "I'm putting what I consider staples, which most will say are classics. I have found that those that are introduced to them at a young age have a stronger cognitive developement, wide..."

Ruth, mine, especially the oldest, were also non-fiction guys. A lot depends on what his interests are. We read every book in the library on volcanoes and other natural disasters. But whatever the topic, odds are there's an Eyewitness book on it, and they are well worthwhile. They also are well adapted to use by kids at different reading levels.

When we did start drawing him into fiction, it was through humor. And since no one else has added him, I'll put in a bid for Hank the Cowdog--
John Erickson. For grades 3-5.
Also humor, for early readers:
Cynthia Rylant (Mr. Putter & Tabby)
Denys Cazet


message 37: by Beverly (new)

Beverly (bjbixlerhotmailcom) Kim wrote: "Under 2:
Robert McCloskey is a definite and I was happy to see that someone mentioned Ezra Jack Keats!
Tomie DiPaolo
Richard Scarry,
Martin Hanford (Where's Waldo)
Charles Schultz (maybe elementa..."


Tomie DePaola
Martin Handford
Katherine Paterson
I promise you, the library catalog is unforgiving, and if you misspell the author's name in a search field, the catalog will not find him/her!


message 38: by Beverly (new)

Beverly (bjbixlerhotmailcom) Scarlett wrote: "Under 2 -
Pat the Cat bk...don't know the author..but also did another tactile book.
Dr. Seuss
Mother Goose
Tana Hoban (can't believe I didn't see this name already)

Others:(no particular ages ..."


also Pat the Bunny


message 39: by Beverly (new)

Beverly (bjbixlerhotmailcom) Jen wrote: "For kids that have an offbeat sense of humor, here's my 8-12 list:

Shel Silverstein
Dr. Seuss
Maurice Sendak
Raoul Dahl
Jennifer Lasker White
C.S. Lewis"


Roald Dahl


message 40: by Beverly (last edited Dec 02, 2013 09:03PM) (new)

Beverly (bjbixlerhotmailcom) Patricia wrote: "I'm familiar with many of these authors. Can we get a list of top ten titles?"

I am late coming to this discussion, but noticed that no one has added any titles yet. This is my second attempt, as my first attempt was suddenly wiped out.

Under 2:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Quiet Cricket
Pat the Bunny
Good Night, Sweet Butterflies: A Color Dreamland
Buzz-Buzz, Busy Bees
Mouse Paint
Mouse Count
Freight Train
Where Is Baby's Belly Button?
Counting Kisses
My Friend Rabbit


message 44: by Julie (new)

Julie | 1 comments Beverly Cleary for sure!


message 45: by Beverly (last edited Dec 05, 2013 08:16AM) (new)

Beverly (bjbixlerhotmailcom) Early readers for children learning to read:
Frog and Toad Are Friends
Frog and Toad Together
Frog and Toad All Year
Days with Frog and Toad
Uncle Elephant
Mouse Tales
Mouse Soup
any of the Biscuit books by Alyssa Capucilli
any of the Henry & Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant
any of the Poppleton books by Cynthia Rylant
any of the Mr. Putter and Tabby books by Cynthia Rylant
any books by Syd Hoff
beginner books by Dr. Seuss and Theodore Geisel
any Pig and Gerald books by Mo Willems
Penny and Her Song
Penny and Her Doll
Penny and Her Marble


message 46: by Beverly (new)

Beverly (bjbixlerhotmailcom) Good series, mostly for 9-12 and up:
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Ranger's Apprentice by Joseph Flanagan
Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart
The Borrowers by Mary Norton


message 47: by Rebecca (last edited Dec 02, 2013 10:04PM) (new)

Rebecca Douglass (rdouglass) | 13 comments Great lists, Beverly! Though the Magic Treehouse is more for ages 6-8--more chapter book than middle grade.


message 48: by Beverly (last edited Dec 02, 2013 10:08PM) (new)

Beverly (bjbixlerhotmailcom) Rebecca wrote: "Great lists, Beverly! Though the Magic Treehouse is more for ages 6-8--more chapter book than middle grade."

You are right, but I did say "mostly" to give myself an out.


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