Book Blogger Hop #43: March 16th – March 22nd
Book Blogger Hop
Hello everyone! Many thanks to Billy B. at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer! who hosts a book meme called the Book Blogger Hop. Just answer weekly questions, and then link up your post on the question’s page. This is a great way to interact with other bloggers!
This week’s question is :
This week’s question is submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm.
Who is your favorite children’s books author and why?
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As a former elementary teacher and librarian, choosing a favorite children’s author is like picking my favorite fur baby. I can’t select just one, so I decided to share my three favorite authors Eric Carle, Jan Brett, and Ezra Jack Keats who are all also illustrators. They have all won numerous awards for their books.
Eric Carle is my favorite author of all time! I recently surprised to find out that my father and Eric Carle had the same art teacher, and my father had the opportunity to talk with him a few times when he was at the Eric Carle Museum (in MA) signing his books. I always enjoyed his vibrant colors and collage technique. Most of his books effectively teach general concepts and have some sort of surprise embedded in the book. Carle’s rhythmic and repetitious words appeal to young readers and the kid in all of us.
Eric Carle began his profession when he coauthored and illustrated the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? with Bill Martin, Jr. Martin had a background in elementary education, and together with Carle, created a successful book that teaches colors and rhymes.
Eric Carle wrote and illustrated the wildly popular children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I have used it as a Kindergarten teacher to teach the life cycle of a butterfly, days of the week, and counting. This book has been translated into many different languages, and it has won many awards. This is a great read for spring!
From Head to Toe encourages children to mimic the animals in the book and move their own body parts like a game of Simon Says.
I used The Grouchy Ladybug to teach time to my second graders.
Jan Brett is also a famous author and illustrator of children’s books. She wrote and illustrated the New York Times Bestsellers The Mitten, Gingerbread Friends, and The Three Snow Bears. Brett’s pictures usually hide whimsical surprises/foreshadowing in the artwork in the borders of her pages. She is a prolific author and illustrator that has won numerous awards. Brett focuses on books that explore folktales/folklore.
With Easter coming up, The Easter Egg will get children into the spirit. This book encourages creativity and responsibility. If Hoppi can craft the winning Easter egg, then he can help the Easter Rabbit deliver eggs on Easter morning. As Hoppi checks out his competition, he sees eggs being carved out of wood, shaped out of chocolate, and wildflowers planted in eggs. He realizes that he has to design and create an original masterpiece in order to win. However, he has a moral dilemma when a blue robin’s egg tumbles out of its nest. What will Hoppi do?
As an elementary teacher, I used The Mitten to teach sequencing and size (smallest to largest). Click here to learn more about The Mitten in my previous post 10+ Wonderful Winter Books for Children.
Ezra Jack Keats has unfortunately passed away, but his legacy lives on in the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation that supports diversity. Keats had written and illustrated approximately 85 children’s books. Keats has won various awards for his books, and he also used a collage technique using patterned paper, fabric, oilcloth along with other materials. Keats wrote a series of books which featured an African-American boy named Peter during a time in U.S. history where this was controversial. Keats tended to address social issues such as friendship and accepting a new sibling.
Keats won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for illustrations in a children’s book with The Snowy Day. Click here to learn more about The Snowy Day in my previous post 10+ Wonderful Winter Books for Children.
Peter’s Chair is a delightful book that teaches children how to accept a new sibling.
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