Covid-19 is clearly taking over our lives - schools are shutting, kids aren’t going to public areas or classes so basically we have kids with a ton of pent up energy. Here’s a list of books I promised you!
We all know titles by Julia Donaldson, Dr Suess, Eric Carle and Oliver Jeffers, but surely there must be other talented writers out there that we can expose our children to.
Today I am sharing a list of upcoming authors who are doing some fabulous work in the industry. When you go to any bookstore, library or e-commerce website you can search for these names and hopefully you should find something great!
Also a few unique names for you to throw around when anyone asks you for reccomendations :)
Josh Funk Josh Funk is a software engineer and the author of books like the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, the It's Not a Fairy Tale series, the How to Code with Pearl and Pascal series, the A Story of Patience & Fortitude series, Dear Dragon, Pirasaurs!, Albie Newton, and more.
Link to some colouring sheets and book songs :)
Pat Z Miller
Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night.
She never thought she would write books about heavy topics, but now she believes they are a great way to help children explore difficult emotions
"Picture books are such a perfect way to connect with ideas because they play to so many of our senses. They are something we can physically hold and give to someone.”
Colouring sheets: https://files.cargocollective.com/116951/color_sheets.pdf
Adam Wallace is a children's writer and cartoonist living in Australia. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling How to Catch series and The Holiday Heroes Save Christmas
She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Grumpy Monkey, as well as several other titles. When Suzanne is not working on books, she writes and produces children’s television.
Matt's first published picture book. Zachary's Ball went on to win a Massachusetts Book Award Honor, and was named one of Yankee Magazine's 40 Classic New England Children's Books.
Since then, Matt has illustrated nineteen more books, nine of which he also wrote. Three titles won Parents' Choice Gold Awards, two were named ALA Notable books, one earned an Orbis Pictus Honor, and eleven have been chosen for the Society of Illustrators' Original Art exhibit. His artwork has been exhibited at the Brandywine River Museum, the Eric Carle Museum, and the Mazza Museum.
Linda Ashman is the author of more than thirty-five picture books and the creator of The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books. Her books have been included on the “best of the year” lists of The New York Times, Parenting and Child magazines, the New York Public Library, Bank Street College of Education, and the International Reading Association. She leads writing workshops and gives presentations about writing and children’s books at conferences and schools.
Shinsuke Yoshitake is an award-winning author and illustrator who creates inventively humorous and lively illustrations. Though based in Japan, his picture books have been translated and published in nine languages around the world.
Doreen Cronin is the author of the Click, Clack series, The Duck Squad Series, the Bug Diaries, and many more books for kids and middle graders.
Matt De La Pena
Matthew de la Peña is an American writer of children's books He won the Newbery Medal in 2016 for his book Last Stop on Market Street.
Tara writes quirky, humorous picture books featuring magical places that adults never find
Click on a book cover for more about each title:
Tammi is a full-time children's book author who presents at schools and conferences across the nation. She has 28 published picture books. Nugget & Fang was made into a musical and is currently on a national tour, Wordy Birdy was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, and Your Alien, an NPR Best Book of the Year, was recently released in Italian, Spanish, Korean, and French
SALINA YOON is an award-winning author/illustrator of nearly two hundred books for young children including Who's Boo? and the popular PENGUIN picture book series
Please go on her website to see the number of credits she has on her books
Brad Meltzer is the author of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary People Change the World series for children. Determined to give their own kids better heroes to emulate he launched picture book biography series.
ENJOY! I will keep adding to this list!