Monday, April 11, 2016

Bookmarks: Picture Books About Famous Authors

It has been a while since I shared some of my children's book lists with you. Here are some great children's picture books about famous books and authors. Look for them at your local library. (You might find you enjoy them as much as your children.)

A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson, Illustrated by John Hendrix
One of England's most famous authors grew up as a small boy working long hours in a factory. This story shares Dickens' world through words and vivid illustrations of London.

With quotes, soft watercolors, and fast-paced text, the story of Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain, is told for a new generation of readers. Learn how Twain's life inspired many of his books.

Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott by Yona Zeldis McDonough, Illustrated by Bethanne Andersen
Alcott's beloved Little Women can be traced to childhood years. This short biography shares the ups and downs of Louisa Alcott's life with colorful paintings.

Emily by Michael Bedard, Illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Who was the mysterious woman in the yellow house? Her young neighbor helps bring a bit of spring to her life. A sweet introduction to both Emily Dickinson and poetry. Cooney's illustrations are always a pleasure. If you want a gentle introduction to Dickinson's poetry, check out Emily Dickinson, Poetry for Young People, edited by Frances Schoonmaker Bolin

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker, illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
Ever wonder what inspired your favorite story book? Charming paintings and old photos tell the story of the bear who starred in one of the most loved children's books. From the wilds of Canada to a military camp, from the London zoo to the pages of Winnie-the-Pooh, this picture book tells the story of the journey.

Fannie in the Kitchen by Deborah Hopkinson, Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Some of our most loved books are not story books at all. Marcia wanted to be her mother's helper, but she didn't know how to cook. But Fannie Farmer did, and with Fannie's help, Marcia learned to cook. Fannie may have invented the modern recipe, and her cookbook with its detailed directions and exact measurements became the cookbook standard.

Noah Webster and His Words by Jeri Chase Ferris, Illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch

Most authors have a dictionary on their desk. But how did dictionaries begin? This book is an amusing way to learn about Webster and his famous dictionary.

Have you found any fun books for your children recently?

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  1. We always liked the picture book "Thank you, Mr. Falker" by Patricia Polacco. It's a great autobiographical story about how this children's book author struggled with a learning disability as a child and was called "dumb" until a special teacher worked with her to unlock the joys of reading.

    (It's not about a writer, but we also just read "Snowflake Bentley" - given the snow again last weekend! It's about a boy in 1800s Vermont who saw beauty in snowflakes and developed a way to photograph them, showing that no two are alike.)

    Thanks for your list; now I have more to look for at the library! - Suz

  2. Looks like a list of great books. I shall keep my eyes open for them and start a library for my grandchildren!


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