Favorite/best contemporary picture books
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I received Anna's Heaven by Stain Hole in June's Early Reviewers batch, and it made me think about how many contemporary picture books/illustrators I must not know about (because I had never heard of Stian Hole before!). I have a vast collection of picture books, but I'm always looking for more.
I currently own most/all work from:
- Peter Brown, illustrator/author of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
- Oliver Jeffers, illustrator/author of Stuck
- Jon Klassen, illustrator/author of This is Not My Hat
- Aaron Becker, illustrator of Journey
- Emily Winfield Martin, illustrator/author of Dream Animals
- K.G. Campbell, illustrator/author of Lester's Dreadful Sweaters
- Teagan White, illustrator/author of Adventures with Barefoot Critters
- Pamela Zagarenski, illustrator of Sleep Like a Tiger
- The Brothers Hilts, illustrators of The Insomniacs
- Marianne Dubuc, illustrator/author of The Lion and the Bird
- David Wiesner
- Jerry Pinkney
and of course, many more. (These are just some of my favorites/other well-known illustrators.)
I was looking to see what everyone else's favorite modern/contemporary picture books are! And perhaps my list will help other people find new books to love, too.
I've been exploring some very new illustrators recently, but I think I have to sort my Childrens collection into picture books and chapter books before I can pull much info from it.
I'll be back...
Barbara Berger, and Erick Ingraham
Tw of my more contemporary favorites include
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
and the series that followed their success. Cute and hilarious. :D
There's also Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, lovely illustrations, humorous story with poignant message about acceptance.
Slightly older is Can I Keep Him? (I absolutely adored it as a child in the 80s) by Steven Kellogg, who has written/illustrated a great many wonderful books.
I don't know if he quite counts, as he died of cancer in the 70s, but Crockett Johnson's books were great.
Does Shel Silverstein count? He was so amazing.
There were a number I had discovered when working daycare, but I can't think of them now! :(
999 Tabpoles looks fun! I'll have to check that out!
Fog Island has been on my wishlist for a while now! It looks really promising and I can't want to read it!
Tomie dePaola isn't one of my favorites, but I'm familiar with his work and I can understand why kids like it! He has a new book called Jack being released on September 16 of this year.
I like Trina Schart Hyman! I own Little Red Riding Hood, and I really enjoy it! It's beautiful - especially the borders, which are very reminiscent of the lovely work of Jan Brett.
Peter Sis looks great! I had never heard of him before, but after looking him up, I'm very interested in The Three Golden Keys!
Michael Hague: I had never heard of him but now that I see his work, I like it! His style isn't my favorite, but he looks so talented.
William Joyce: I have had both The Numberlys and The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore on my wishlist for a long time! I can't wait to read them! All of his books look incredible!
Guy Billout: I've also had The Frog who Wanted to See the Sea on my wishlist for some time now! Looking forward to reading it!
Marilee Heyer: Her work looks very traditional and reminds me a lot of Michael Hague. I like it!
Barbara Berger: Her work isn't my favorite style, but her books look like lovely, dreamy stories for children.
Erick Ingraham: All of his books seem to be about Henry, the cat! Very interesting.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and all of those books were silly and cute, and I loved reading them when I was younger! I was never a big fan of the Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus "series," but I do enjoy Mo Williem's Knuffle Bunny series very much. I've heard about Stellaluna a lot, but I've never read/seen it myself; I'm going to need to check it out for sure! Can I Keep Him? looks really good! I'll have to pick that one up too. Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon was one of my favorite books as a kid! I should definitely buy a new copy.
Ruth Heller looks like a great illustrator! Looking at the image you posted reminds me a lot of the 2012 book More by I. C. Springman, illustrated by Brian Lies.
@scaifea - Leonardo the Terrible Monster catches my eye each time I see it. I always mean to pick it up, but I haven't yet. Blueberry Girl looks very sweet. I own Neil Gaiman's The Dangerous Alphabet (illustrated by the mindbogglingly amazing Gris Grimly) and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (illustrated by Dave McKean). I also very much enjoy Gaiman and McKean's The Wolves in the Walls. All three of these are much darker-themed than other picture books, and that is definitely why I like them.
I love Augustus and His Smile. I have my own copy for the art and for the sweet message.
I'd like to add illustrator Julia Cairns for We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs.
Her illustrations are colorful and vibrant with charming detail.
She also illustrated Off to the Sweet Shores of Africa: and Other Talking Drum Rhymes by Uzo Unobagha
My favorite ones seem to be from less known illustrators.
Check out the beautiful artwork in Caterpillar's Dream will She ever fly by Roitman Trillo
*Kevin Henkes - author/illustrator of Wemberley Worried and others
*Amy Young - author/illustrator of Belinda the Ballerina and The Mud Fairy
*James Mayhew -- author/illustrator of Ella Bella Ballerina and the Katie books
*The Yellow Tutu by Kirsten Bramsen
*The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery by Graeme Base
*The Apple-Pip Princess by Jane Ray
*Callie Cat, Ice Skater by Eileen Spinelli
*Argus by Michelle Knudsen