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A Few of Our Favorite… Authors

November 1st is National Author’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than to hype some amazing authors you – and your patrons – should definitely be reading? Much like my August post, which focused on humorous book recommendations, I’ve asked some of the best librarians I know to weigh in. The question I posed: If you could only read children’s books by one author for an entire year, who would it be and why? All answers are in the words of the librarians themselves.

cover of A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin“I’d choose Grace Lin. I love the fairy tale quality to much of her work, her incredible range of being both a writer and an illustrator, and how she has an extensive catalog to choose from, starting with picture books and going all the way up to middle grade.” – Allison, NY

“This does not define me but I’m going to say Philip Pullman because I could re-read the His Dark Materials trilogy over and over and over again and still find something new. Plus, the HBO series is coming out, and the prequels/sequels, so honestly it’s perfect timing. If you have not read them then go on your library’s catalog and grab book one right after reading this!” – Anna, CTcover of Real Friends by Shannon Hale

“Hands down I would read Shannon Hale. I love ALL of her books, and they cover a wide emotional range so it would be an entertaining year.” – Catherine, CT

“I’d have to go with Jacqueline Woodson; she just has such a wealth of great books to choose from. Brown Girl Dreaming is one of my favorites, but I also love Pecan Pie Baby – especially for storytimes.” – Jackie, OH

cover of Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo WillemsMo Willems. Mostly because of the funny but also because of the variety of levels he writes for; he covers all bases.” – Jess, NY

“This was a tough one for me – I know, it was MY question – but I finally settled on Roshani Chokshi. I’m a huge fan of her lyrical writing style (A Crown of Wishes is a particular favorite), but I haven’t gotten around to reading Aru Shah yet.” – Kate, CTcover of Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

“I spent a lot of time thinking about this question, and I just really love Anna Meriano’s Love Sugar Magic middle-grade series. It’s got a girl discovering her magic, sisters, lots of awesome women, plus a bakery. I’d be happy to read them over and over again.” – Kristin, TX

N.H. Senzai. I love how she writes immigrant and refugee stories; it’s an interesting perspective that you don’t get a lot of in children’s literature.” – Ryan, NY

cover of Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett“I would read Mac Barnett for a whole year because his picture book offerings are clever, strange and whimsical, and quite brilliantly illustrated by a wide range of illustrators. His chapter book series, Mac B., Kid Spy is equally as witty and delightful… plus it features the Queen of England’s corgis!” – Samantha, CT

This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: IV. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials

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