Since the day he was born Junior has been read to every day. Our hope is that he will consider books so much a part of the normal fabric of existence that he will make the same efforts to learn to read that he did to walk, talk, dress himself, or socialize.
We have a lot of books around the house. I mean alot. All joking aside, we probably have as many books as one might find in a smallish community library. Because I'm one of the people that reads and buys all of those kids books, I'm developing some definite preferences and opinions about children's authors.
One developing trend that I don't like is with some of those celebrity children's authors (e.g. John Lithgow or Madonna). Madonna may be able to write a pop tune like no one's business, but really what qualifies her to write children's books? A profound knowlege of education? What does this woman have to say to children particularly that other could not or have not already conveyed?
I guess the unspoken message is that anyone can write children's literature. Heck, kids made pretty poor proofreaders and critics, right? Since anyone can do it why not get entertainment celebrities to write 'em and then maybe publishers will sell more books
Who do you think are the best children's authors out there? Any books from your childhood that stand out as remarkable? Parents: any top picks you'd like to pass along?
Here is a link to some of my all time favorites:
(warning: may not be work safe)