Some authors’ entire bodies of work are well known and loved (I’m looking at you, Roald Dahl and Kate DiCamillo.), while some authors become known for just a single book as time passes. I have been delighted to find other equally great books by some well-known authors recently. Goodnight Moon, for instance, has sold over 14 million copies, but I’ve always been a bigger fan of Margaret Wise Brown’s The Runaway Bunny. With that in mind, here are 4 more books to try by authors you undoubtedly know and love already:
Pierre: a Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue by Maurice Sendak is a book I’ve read to my daughter at least once a day for the past week. She can’t get enough of the boy who gets eaten by a lion before he learns to answer questions with anything other than, “I don’t care.” I love the illustrations, the rhyme, and the title. (A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue? So great.)
Lentil by Robert McCloskey is the story of a boy and his harmonica that save the town’s big day. There are no adorable families of ducks or blueberry-loving children, but Lentil is charming in his own right.
Purple, Green, and Yellow by Robert Munsch and Hélène Desputeaux is the book that first sparked the idea for this post. Love You Forever is decidedly touching, but the rest of his stories are quirky and hilarious. In addition to this tale of indelible markers that never wash off (ever!), Stephanie’s Ponytail is a good place to start.
Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex. You don’t have to have read anything else by Neil Gaiman (though you should) to appreciate Chu and his enormous sneezes. Instructions is another picture book by Neil Gaiman that is especially great for fans of fairy tales.
Honorable mention goes to Tales from the Odyssey by Mary Pope Osborne. It’s not a picture book, but it is too good to leave off the list. I picked up the first book in the series to read aloud when we were studying Greek myths, but we all enjoyed it so much that we ended up reading all six.