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Top Children’s Authors: Timeless Children’s Books for Your Home Library

I’ve been writing articles about children’s books for a long time. You see, I’m a second-time round parent of toddlers and preschoolers, a joy school teacher, editor in write my essay company, a story time presenter, and a huge bibliophile.  You could say children’s books are a passion for me, even an addiction. Lately I’ve been realizing that some of the best children’s book authors aren’t quite as well-known, but are heavy hitters on my book lists, and they deserve to have their own hub singing their praises. Books written by these authors have something a little extra special to them, and their books stand out on their own, standing the test of time. These are books I am buying for my kids and, if they make it through the fourth set of sticky hands at my house, will most likely be passed down to my grandchildren when the time is right.

Some of these authors are superstars in their own right, and if they were selling records, or cds, or downloads, they’d be platinum several times over. Other authors stand out because they have stood the test of time, and continue to offer something kids want, after years and years in the game of story writing. Others are visionary, offering something difficult to recreate, and publishing books that delight adults and children in an extremely saturated children’s book market. So, without further ado, here is my list of favorite, must-have children’s authors and illustrators.

Eric Carle, Big Kahuna

Eric Carle is the celebrated author of over 30 children’s picture books, and his works include titles like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The Tiny Seed, Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? and a host of others. Carle has a children’s picture book museum named after him in Massachusetts, and is chiefly an illustrator and probably a writer second. His picture books are each works of art in their own right, and several use innovative methods and publishing formats that make his picture books especially enjoyable to read. Many of Carle’s books are illustrated using jewel-toned gouache and acrylic paints. Kids who are learning to read often find Carle’s stories easy to memorize, too.

Ezra Jack Keats, Simple Realism

This author captured my heart with Peter, the hero of his book A Snowy Day. This story about the innocence of play in a cityscape covered in snow shows Keats’ keen powers of observation at their finest. Keats’ characters resonate in each of his stories. Peter is a youngster featured in several of Keats’ stories, and I find the experiences Peter deals with are ones most any child can relate to. Ezra Jack Keats writes with a simple realism and sensitivity that give his book a timeless appeal. Keats stories include The Pet Show, A Letter to Amy, Goggles (where Peter and his friend encounter bullies), and several others.

Lois Ehlert, Artistry at Play

Lois Ehlert’s illustrated children’s books appear to be the work of an artist at play. Most of her books are made from cut paper collages, though some of her illustrated works are also painted with brilliantly colored acrylic paints. Ehlert’s books include a broad range of health and nature themes that appeal to older toddlers and preschoolers’ sense of self discovery. She has collaborated with other heavy-hitting authors with much success, too. Her titles include Planting a Rainbow, Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Leaf Man, Feathers for Lunch, and Snowballs, among several others.

Maurice Sendak, No Boundaries on Imagination

Perhaps best known for his wildly popular book Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak is an author whose books place no boundaries on imagination. His books range from preschool rhymes, character books, to political and social commentary Brundibar. Though my favorite is probably In The Night Kitchen, where a little boy takes a flight through a bag of flour and in an airplane completely in the buff. Many of Sendak’s books appear to be complete flights of fancy on the surface, but reveal a darker side to childhood. Still, an entire generation of readers has also grown up with Sendak’s Little Bear books and works like Higglety, Pigglety, Pop. Maurice Sendak has given something unique to children’s literature.

Gyo Fujikawa, Innocence of Childhood

The late Gyo Fujikawa illustrated children’s picture books well into her nineties, and though she is well known for her book Babies, and her delightfully animated and expression-filled images of children at play, at work, and in any activity imaginable are also featured in my favorite book by this author, Oh What a Busy Day. Fujikawa’s illustrations have a joyful quality that make me feel like smiling. No matter which of her illustrated titles you buy, Gyo Fujikawa’s illustrations always seem to catch the innocence so easy to understand in children of a certain very young age, but not nearly as easy to capture in print. Yet this author does it every time.

Margery Cuyler, Storyteller and Teacher’s Friend

With so many children’s book superstars in the list, some of you may not actually know of Margery Cuyler. But she is a superb storyteller and a teacher’s friend, having published several original holiday stories that don’t fit the usual mold. One of Cuyler’s funniest stories is That’s Good, That’s Bad. This edge-of-your-seat-page-turner starts with a little boy floating away from the zoo as he clutches the big red balloon his parents gave him. Other titles of this successful and prolific author include The Bumpy Little Pumpkin, Skeleton Hiccups, and other thematically pertinent books on safety themes and bullying.

Karma Wilson, Entertaining Read-Alouds

This author has written several best-selling, coffee-table quality children’s picture books, including Bear Wants More, Bear Sleeps On, Frog in a Bog, and Hilda Must Be Dancing. Each of these stories have entertaining story lines that children will want to read again and again, and sparkling illustrations that make you want to come back again and again. Karma Wilson’s stories are captivating to a read-aloud audience.

Steven Kellogg, Fantastic and Wacky

Kellogg’s fertile imagination begins in fairy tales and well-known tall tales such as Chicken Little, The Three Little Pigs, and Pecos Bill, but his own imaginative stories are fantastical and full of wacky surprises. One of his most well-known stories is The Mysterious Tadpole, sent to the hero of the story by way of his uncle in Loch Ness Scotland. This tadpole hatches into a cute but over-sized monster that could give Godzilla a run for his money, without frightening any young readers. My favorite title by Kellogg is The Boy Who Was Followed Home, about a boy and the hippos who find him incredibly interesting. Any child who has been pestered by a stray dog will feel immediate sympathy for the boy in this story!

Steve Jenkens, Animal Themed Artist

An author whose stories draw inspiration from the animal kingdom is Steve Jenkens. His stories are illustrated using a collage art style invented by Lois Ehlert, but taken to new levels with his animal-themed fiction and nonfiction stories. Jenkens’ stories are information-packed and filled with swirling text that flows from page to page. His books include award winners such as What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? which was a featured book in the Kohl’s Cares for Kids campaign.

Leo Lionni, Zen Storymaster

This author’s stories seem to be filled with placid and peaceful watercolor illustrations and chock full of life lessons that manage to avoid moralizing. His stories include Fish is Fish, Swimmy, and Frederick the Mouse. Leo Lionni’s books have a simple zen quality that appeals to the masses. His books have been in publication for years and in many families are reaching a third generation of readers.

Sandra Boynton, Boisterous, Zany Fun

If you are looking for books to read over and over again, for perhaps a 50th or 100th time, and still end up giggling, Sandra Boynton’s books are the ones I turn to for a quick giggle. Her humor is boisterous, zany, and just plain funny. With titles like The Belly Button Book and Barnyard Dance, her books appeal to toddlers and anyone looking for a little humor.

Kevin Henkes, Sentimental Wordsmith

With his penchant for big words, his cute mouse-sized characters, and a whimsical understanding of human nature which always gives a sentimental touch to his stories, Kevin Henkes remains one of my favorite children’s authors. His books Owen and Chrysanthemum are probably my favorites, but Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse is a close runner up.

How to Store Your Vintage Comic Books

A Meticulous Hobby

Those of us with this sickness know exactly what I’m talking about.

We as comic book aficionados have voluntarily come into a world where we believe that pulp is worth money. Back in the 1950’s, we’d be the guy who collects bottle caps. Now, however, we’ve found the perfect trade off. We get to read some of the best fictional work that is married to (more often than not) artistic genius that is part of a greater continuity and a larger world of mythos.

I’m talking about comic book collecting.

Oh sure, we see some of our peers who are shy socially awkward outcasts who would find talking to, let alone dating, a member of the opposite sex (or the same sex – we’re progressive here), a frightening prospect. There’s a part of us that knows we’ll frighten off perspective mates when they find out we have collectible Green Lantern power rings or perfectly detailed Thor statues when we bring them to our modern day Bat-caves (aka – apartment, home, or basement bedroom).

There is some part of our personality that accepted this as our mild mannered secret identity and we go off to fight for justice when write my essay for me, on internet posting boards and chat rooms showing off our knowledge and cleverness to whomever would have the time to read it. We accept the burden of nerdom and sally forth to show the world that we are comic book people.

It is a power and a privilege that we must hold sacred. And with that power comes the responsibility to keep and preserve our first run prints with painstaking care.

What’s that? You don’t know how to take care of them? Don’t tell me that you have a stack of complete first run of Alan Moore’s, The Watchmen gathering dust in your bedroom since 1986. Is it exposed to the daylight? Is it out in the air? Or perhaps you’ve inherited an older collector’s hoard. Maybe, through a fluke of luck, he had placed them in some kind of perfect preservation environment and it’s your job to keep them preserved until you can get them to an auction or your own hoard.

There’s not a minute to lose. You need help… and you need advice on how to care for these treasures.

What You Need To Know

We’ve all heard the stories. They go either one of two ways.

The first way is that some guy goes to a garage sale held by an old woman. He sees a long box full of comic books – some with the price of five cents on the cover. The guy buys it with the rest of the box, checks some of the comic titles and issues on the internet and finds out that he’s found an Action Comics #1 worth hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction.

The second story is that some other guy goes to a comic book convention and he sees a valuable issue that he’d once owned. The reason he doesn’t have it anymore is that his mother sold it in a garage sale while he was away at college.

So the first thing you need to know is about storage.

You need a few things that can only be bought at comic book specialty shops. You can’t get them at Walmart or your local five and ten. Actually, I’m wrong, you can buy the scotch tape anywhere – but other than that you have to buy from the comic book guys.

Here’s what you need:

·         Scotch Tape

·         A Comic Book Long Box

·         Comic Book Bags

·         Comic Boards

·         A Cool Dry Room to Store Them In

Now, there are other things you can also get to ensure their safety. One is a large black marker you can use to write on your white box the following: “Mom, UNDER PAIN OF DEATH, DO NOT GIVE AWAY OR SELL MY COMIC BOOKS WHILE I’M GONE. Love, Your Son.”

That way she’s been warned.

Boarding, Bagging, Boxing, and Storage

I hope you have a strong back or a large table.

Here comes your labor of love. In order to store your comic books you actually need to do a little bit of prep. The first bit of prep might involve sorting your comics out by title, and sort them by issue number chronologically. Keep the pile nearby, you’ll want to keep your titles separate so you can find them again later.

The second thing is you’ll need to do an assessment on your comic book. You need to be honest and grade your book by age type. Should you actually have your hands on some Golden Age Comic Books, you’ll need to buy Golden Age Comic Book bags and boards. The same goes with Silver Age. They are different sizes from the issues made since the 1970’s and 80’s – which are known as Modern Age.

If you have doubts about what size boards and bags you should buy, see your local comic book dealer. They should be able to direct you to the right size. If the acne scarred kid behind the desk doesn’t know, ask for the owner – because he certainly does. If the issues you have are valuable enough, he may want to buy them from you.

If you’re sitting on a Golden Age Comic Book, it should be handled with great care as the pages are very delicate. You may wish to use gloves. Silver age are slightly newer (1950’s and 60’s), they should also be handled with care.

The reason why Golden Age and Silver Age books are worth more is not just because they are older but also because there are less of them. Back in the day, the monthly circulation of a title would be limited to a few hundred thousand or so. Nowadays, comic book title distribution is somewhere in the millions in a month.

So handle with care. This is also a game of supply and demand.

Once you’ve done a quick appraisal of your books and sorted them by title, you need to board, bag, and box them. Place the comic book on the board – there are two sides to the board, a shiny side and a plain side. The comic book goes against the plain side (otherwise, after some time, the comic may stick to the board – and you don’t want that).

The comic should be a little smaller than the board or the same size. If the comic is bigger than the board, you have the wrong size board and bag. The type of board and bag should match the comic generation you’re trying to store for.

Slide the board and comic book into the bag with the longer side of the bag as the front. Then fold the bag opening over and tape it on the outside of the bag.

Some of the bags nowadays are re-sealable. This will save you both time and aggravation later on if you decide to reopen the bag (for a quick read). The reason you want to seal them in the first place is to save the paper. Paper open to the elements has a tendency to either disintegrate or turn yellow. Neither condition is acceptable if you try to sell them to a collector.

Once the issue is bagged and boarded, you must stand the issue up in the long box. This will protect the comic book’s spine and keep it from bending. Place all comics with the same title in the same long box and keep the box in a cool dry room.

If your room has leaks or gets humid in the summer, consider renting a storage room in a controlled environment. Most households with a working central AC will do, though.

Final Words

If you are a comic book collector, you probably already know everything that I’ve just told you. If you’re not, you should be aware of what you need to keep your collection safe.

Comic book collecting (and reading – don’t forget about the reading) is a fun past time. I won’t lie to you and tell you that these things can get out of hand if your collection gets big enough. I estimate mine to be over ten thousand. However, I’ve been collecting since I was in high school and I’m forty-six as of this writing.

The return on investment on these can be disappointing if you don’t take care of your stash. You should also be armed with what we call the Overstreet Price Buyer’s guide. If you should find a reputable dealer, you may be able to get them appraised. The more valuable the comic, the more you should be mindful of its care.

How to Publish a Children’s Book?

Where Do You Begin?

Writing a book for children is one thing, but what’s the point if nobody ever gets to read it?

All authors write to have their stories read, and children’s writers need an audience just like anybody else. So what’s the best way to get your children’s book published? That depends on a number of factors that require careful consideration.

Children’s Books Publishing Options

It used to be the case that you could only get your book published through a mainstream publisher. But those days are gone.

Now you have options that simply weren’t available just a few years ago. Today your books can be published by smaller presses, as e-books and paper books, or you can buy essays and even publish them yourself.Turn your book into a PDF file and you can upload it to Lulu, or use Amazon’s Mobipocket software to create an e-book on the Kindle platform that’s instantly available from the world’s largest online book store.

E-books have begun to outsell paper books, so that tells you where things are heading. If the thought of having just a “virtual” book puts you off, remember that some publishers offer the option to turn your e-book into a “real” book, a service that you have to pay for but that gives you the thrill of holding your book in your hand. For instance, your Kindle book can be turned into a traditional book using Amazon’s paid CreateSpace service, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Old versus New Children’s Publishers

If you really feel the need, you can try your hand at finding a traditional publisher to take you on. It won’t be easy, even if your story and artwork are exceptional. First you have to make it past the infamous slush pile, and even if you do there are no guarantees you’ll get past the next stage in the process.

I managed to find an editor who was willing to read one of my stories. I was mentioned to her by another client. She asked for three chapters, then three more, and then three more. I could tell she was hooked. But then, just when my hopes were getting too high for my own good, she decided the story wasn’t quite suitable for her to represent.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the effort, but it’s probably wise not to put all your eggs in one basket. There are many alternatives available that a simple Google search will help you locate. And thanks to the Internet your publisher can be located anywhere in the world.

Children’s Publishing Pros and Cons

Should you create your own e-book, or should you work with a publisher?

It depends how you feel about it. I’ve got a story that makes people laugh out loud, and yet so far publishers haven’t responded in the same way. I’m determined to get it published, though, so I’ll probably get it online as an Amazon Kindle book.

Print-on-demand publishers represent one option you might like to consider. They sit somewhere between traditional publishers and doing it yourself. You get access to their expertise and assistance without having to do all the hard work. They’ll probably team you up with an illustrator, so you only have to focus on the story. Once your book is published, it will be available on Amazon and other reputable sites to purchase worldwide. You’ll get more of the profits from sales than you would with a mainstream publisher, too, although naturally sales will depend on the amount of marketing they’re prepared to do on your behalf.

The DIY Approach to Publishing Children’s Books

If you decide to publish your book by yourself, here are a few factors you need to consider.

·         The story: is it absolutely ready? Get as many people as you can to read it through and check for any small errors you may have overlooked.

·         The artwork: does it complement the story and help bring it alive? Naturally you’ll want to get your book out there as quickly as possible, but you should never settle for second-best. Get other people’s opinions to make sure the illustrations do your words justice.

·         The marketing: will you be able to promote it and create sales? Books don’t sell themselves, so you have to let people know they’re available. You might create a Facebook page, put links in your e-mail signature, blog about your work, or write articles with relevant hyperlinks in them.

One of the advantages to publishing online is the fact that you get to keep more of the profits. On Amazon, for example, a Kindle book can earn you up to 70% royalties. But that’s no good if you don’t sell any. You need to ensure that links to your books show up everywhere to give you the best chance of success.

The Dotted Line: Publishing Contracts

When you work with a publisher, you’ll get a contract. Different publishers will use different contracts with slight changes in the wording, but the thrust will be the same. In most cases the contract will state who owns what, how royalties will be divided and distributed, and the responsibilities of those involved.

Typically authors and artists get their cut after publishers make their own deductions. The author-artist split is often 50-50 for a book with lots of illustrations. Remember that’s 50 % of the profit, not the selling price.

When you write a story, the words belong to you. Artwork belongs to the artist, who must be consulted if you decide to use the pictures on your blog or website. If you write a sequel with the same characters, you’ll probably want to use the same artist, and often your publisher will specify that such a work must be published by them. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because it means you can probably guarantee publication – if you can get that second (or third) book written.

Finding Children’s Book Publishers

The easiest way to find a publisher for your book is by doing some legwork.

Visit your local library and book store. Take note of books that resemble yours and write down the names of the publishing companies. Take your list and use it to browse their submission guidelines. This is a vital step in the process, because some companies won’t accept unsolicited submissions, some companies only accept submissions at certain times of the year, and some companies will only accept submissions by email. If you fail to follow their guidelines you’ll simply be wasting your time.

Getting Published Takes Time

Getting published isn’t easy. You’re setting yourself up for some hard times, because every rejection letter or e-mail means you have to start over with another company. And when that letter or e-mail does arrive, it’s often just a standard note sent out to every unsuccessful candidate. There’s never any feedback, because they haven’t got time to give any.

I started writing short stories for children and got them published in magazines as fillers, usually at the back of publications. But they were published, and I got paid, so I knew that I could write. My first children’s book was published in 2008 – which was about 6 years after I wrote it. I probably sent it to twenty or more publishers before finally getting any interest whatsoever. Since then I’ve had two more books published, three more are in production, and another is due out soon as an iPad download.

I could have given up after the fifteenth attempt, but I didn’t. I kept on trying until somebody took notice. I’m still doing it, as a matter of fact, and two of my chapter books are in the hands of another publishing company. If you believe in yourself and keep on trying, sooner or later it will pay off.

That’s probably the most important thing about the whole process. You have to have faith, and you have to keep going. None of the great writers got published at their first attempt, but they never gave up. As long as your story’s a good one, the same thing will eventually happen to you.

25+ Best Popular Young Adult Books

Curious what to read next? This list consists of both classics and less known pieces of literature that have proven to be engaging thoughtful works. While the books are broken down by age ranges, they can truly be enjoyed by anyone of any age.

Books for Pre-Teens

“This short list contains classic works that every child should be exposed to, if not in the class room, outside of it. Ranging from fantasy to historical fiction these books are sure to engage any young adults attention.” – says Juan Koss, an editor from Write My Essays company.

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hilton

Two rival groups, the Greasers and Socs, dominate the rough-and-tough city of the 60’s. Violence forces the Ponyboy and Johnny to hide out in a church while the street fighting persists. Ponyboy must face the realities of gang violence and loss in this coming of age novel.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Jem and Scott Finch are two children growing up in the Deep South of the 1930s. Their father, Atticus Finch, is lawyer to a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. Confused by the racist ideologies, the children are forced to come to their own conclusions about the town in which they live.

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Four siblings find an unlikely world of fantasy in an ancient wardrobe. It is a place filled with centaurs, lions, witches, queens and kings. These children discover their destiny in this fairyland series.

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Meg and her brother, Charles, are catapulted on an adventure through dimension and time as they search for their missing father in this science fiction childhood fantasy.

  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Set in a majestic castle, mouse, Despereaux Tilly finds himself on an adventure to save the princess, whom he’s formed a close friendship with. At the same time, mouse Chiaroscuro seeks revenge on Princess Pea and servant Miggery Sow, wishes to someday take the princess’s throne.

  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Harry had never quite fit in, with the lightening scar on his forehead and his strict aunt and uncle. It isn’t until he learns of his true past and destiny as wizard, whereupon he attends Hogwarts, making both friends and enemies as he fights the wizard who killed his parents – Lord Voldemort.

  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

New in town, Opal saves a dog in a supermarket, interestingly enough, naming him Winn Dixie. It is through this dog that she makes friends in the community and is able to mature without the influence of her runaway mother.

Books for Teens

  • My Name is Memory by Ann Bradsheres

Daniel finds himself searching not just one lifetime, but countless lifetimes, for his soul mate, Sophia, in this fantasy novel by the author of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.

  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Popular Samantha has everything going for her – the friends, the boys, the status – until she doesn’t quite make it to see the next day. Before she can truly pass, she gets seven chances to relive her last day and make things right.

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

Charlie begins high school as somewhat of an outcast, with lost friends and a tragic family secret, he is at a lose. Until, of course, he meets Sam and Patrick who take him under their wing and show him what it means to “feel infinite”.

  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Colin, true genius, always finds himself in love with a Katherine. Each and every time, Katherine is the one to drop Colin. The boy begins his search for the mathematical formula for relationships, upon where he meets Lindsey Lee Wells. A girl unlike many of the Katherines.

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Holden Caulfield is a rebellious angst-filled teenage boy who often criticizes the society of teachers and “phonies”. He is trapped in a state of alienation and isolation as an adolescent boy purely wishing to stop the cycle of the loss of innocence.

  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Jeannette belongs to a family of mysterious non-conformists who carry on a unique nomadic lifestyle of constant confusion. Walls conveys the true story of a girl growing up and getting out of her past lifestyle.

  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda can barley utter a word as she harvests a traumatic secret of last summer as she begins high school. She has lost her friends and begins slowly slipping out of touch with reality until her secret comes back to haunt her and she must speak up.

  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Mia is caught in between a state of life and death as she watches her body in a dismal hospital slowly sink into peril after a tragic car crash. She must make a choice as she continues viewing not only herself but all of her family and friends.

  • Slaughterhouse VI by Kurt Vonnegut

Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time. Or at least this is what he claims after making a trip to the planet of Tralfamadore following the war in Dresden. He is able to jump from time to time, place to place, living the world in a sort of never-ending time continuum.

  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

This heartbreaking love story follows the unlikely pairing of preachers daughter, Jamie, and rebel, Landon.

  • The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty

Evelyn Bucknow must learn to live on her own in this chaotic world in which her absent mother has now begin dating. The ten year-old takes on the role of adult in this story of the bond between mother and daughter.

  • Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Set in the New York suburbs of the 1950s, Doris conveys the true story of her family’s love of baseball in time of Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers.

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Set in a future of genetic engineering and destined class, Huxley tells the frightening story of what could become our lives.

Books for All (17+)

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini
  • Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
  • The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond
  • Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridg
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah