Shopping for children’s books can be so overwhelming and time-consuming. I find that I like to stick to a few tried and true authors. These 5 authors are true family pleasers. They are filled with happy moments for children while also throwing in some jokes for mom and dad to enjoy while reading.
1. Mo Willems
Mo Willems is a staple of many houses and he should be in yours, too. His stories are insta-classics in my opinion. Whether you read, Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus or Today I Will Fly! your child will be amused. I promise that you will also be amused. I mean, who is not amused by a pig that declares that he will fly today!
A small side note though, beware of the Knuffle Bunny series. I cry every time I get to the last book. I may be crying now just warning you about that.
2. Bob Shea
Bob Shea writes a great series about Dinosaur which is based on his son. He gets your kids giggling, but also gets the point across to kids that something you should be doing these things like, bedtime and the potty.
If you doubt his ability beyond the simple Dinosaur Vs. series, read I’m a Shark! My kids loved that book so much that they basically destroyed their Scholastic school edition in a week and I wound up having to buy a new copy based on their love the books.
3. Sandra Boynton
Sandra Boynton has a lot of books. A lot. She has 622 product listings on Amazon. If you wondering where to start, I’d point you in the direction of Fifteen Animals and Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! I had a hard time finding something that I liked when I went looking for a book by her. We received Fifteen Animals as a present and since then I have become a fan. When your 1 year old starts asking for a book by repeatedly chanting “BOB”! you know that you have a hit on your hands.
4. Lane Smith
Lane Smith is a wonderful illustrator, but he also writes books. My personal favorite of his is John, Paul, George, and Ben. He takes history and stretches it an extreme that is so much fun that it has really sparked a true curiosity into American History for my children.
It’s a Book and It’s a Little Book are also a lot of fun for kids. If your kids are anything like most kids, they will pretend that a book is anything. So it is fun to see the characters play the books.
5. Maurice Sendak
Maurice Sendak. He takes my breath away. I have always loved his work. One of my favorite books as a kid. He was my favorite author then and Where the Wild Things Are still takes my breath away. The art. The message. I cannot even truly tell you how much I love this book. As a child, I read Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue constantly. I kept my copy for myself and bought my children their own copy.