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top classical children’s picture book authors {free printable for library visits}

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Where can you find beautiful children’s authors that promote high values and morals and are also interesting and edifying to the soul?

best children's books authors

I often find myself in our local library.  I ask each of the children to pick a book they’d like to read and they run out and find something.  Well, how can I say it delicately, there are some very poor choices by authors and illustrators these days.  It seems that anyone can get published!  I really can’t believe the lack of artistry and prose in many of the choices for children.

It’s not that they are hugely inappropriate — though I believe some are — but they are either dull, or lack beauty, or have no purpose.  It can be depressing when you take the time to be at your library and book after book that you pull out is just… well a lot of these books are awful.

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Classical choices for middle grades

I have compiled a list of “you can’t go wrong” authors that I can take with me to the library, so I can pick some lovely, beautiful, and edifying books for my children.  There are so many wonderful books to choose from from this list!  I hope it will benefit you in your search for high-quality reading materials for your children.

Here is a list of our favorite children’s authors & illustrators (and look to the bottom of this post for a free printable list to take with you!)

Jim Arnosky

Robert E. Barry

Margaret Wise Brown

Jen Bryant

Virginia Lee Burton

Janell Cannon

Eric Carle

Don Freeman

Gail Gibbons

Brenda Z. Guiberson

Donald Hall

Karen Hesse

Russell Hoban

Mary Ann Hoberman

Ezra Jack Keats

Munro Leaf

Leo Lionni

Arnold Lobel

Alice McLerran

Laura Krauss Melmed

Bill Peet

Marjorie Priceman

Peter Sís

Alvin R Tresselt

Tasha Tudor

Janice May Udry

Eloise Wilkins

Jane Yolen

Elsa Holmelund Minarik

Maurice Sendak

best children's authors

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