Monthly Authors






Monthly Authors


KB will be enjoying the works of many award winning children’s authors every month.      

When visiting your town library please look for their books.  The children are invited to share the books they have chosen in class. Many of the authors have their own websites with games and activities. Some of the sites are listed on the KB Recommended Websites page.




September - Kevin Henkes and Mercer Mayer


Kevin Henkes is an American writer and illustrator of children's books. As an illustrator he won the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon. He is also a recipient of the Newberry Honor which is awarded for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.



Mercer Mayer is an American children's book writer and illustrator. He has published over 300 books using a wide range of illustrative styles. Mayer is best known for his "Little Critter" and "Little Monster" series of books.




October - Tomie dePaola and Don Freeman


Tomie dePaola is an American writer and illustrator who has created more than 200 children's books, and is known best for picture books such as Strega Nona.


Don Freeman Don Freeman was an American painter, printmaker, cartoonist, and an illustrator and writer of children's books.




November - Eric Carle and Leo Lionni


Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 highly acclaimed children's books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse.


Eric Carle is an American designer, illustrator, and writer of children's books. He is most famous for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.




December - Doreen Cronin


Doreen Cronin was a practicing attorney in Manhattan when her first book Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type became a publishing success.




January - Ezra Jack Keats and Bernard Waber

Ezra Jack Keats was an American writer and illustrator of children's books. He won the 1963 Caldecott Medal for illustrating The Snowy Day, which he also wrote. It is considered one of the most important American books of the 20th century.

Bernard Waber was  a children’s-book author and illustrator whose most famous creation was a rope-skipping, ice-skating Manhattanite named Lyle who happened to be a crocodile.


February - Jonathan London and Laura Numeroff

Jonathan London is the creator of twenty-five books about lovable and enduringly popular Froggy. He is also a poet and a novelist.

Laura Numeroff On the way from San Francisco to Oregon in the car, she tried to make her friend laugh by telling a story about a mouse nibbling on a cookie. “He'd want some milk to go with it. And then he'd probably need a straw. Then he'd want a napkin..." and by the time they reached Oregon, she had told the whole story!


March - Dr. Seuss


Ted Geisel or as we know him, Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated books such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat that made him the best-selling children's author in the world.





April - Jan Brett and Gene Zion


Jan Brett is an American illustrator and writer of children's picture books. She is known for colorful, detailed depictions of a wide variety of animals and human cultures ranging from Scandinavia to Africa.


Gene Zion originally published in black and white in 1956, it was reprinted in 2002 with splashes of color added by the original artist. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."




May - Mo Willems


Mo Willems is best known for his book Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and his Elephant and Piggie book series, as well as writing for Sesame Street,Sheep in the Big City and The Offbeats.



June - James Dean


James Dean’s art has sold in more than ninety galleries and shops across the United States. He has devoted his paintings to Pete the Cat for ten years and has turned his natural love for cats into his life’s work. James published his first adult book, The Misadventures of Pete the Cat, a history of his art work, in 2006. He illustrated his first self-published children’s book, Pete the Cat I Love my White Shoes, written by Eric Litwin, in 2008, and the follow-up book, Pete the Cat: Rocking In My School Shoes, in 2011. James lives in Savannah, Georgia with his wife, Kimberly.

In 2004, Kimberly & James Dean sat down at their kitchen table to work on a children’s book together. Their dream has finally become a reality with the release of this new Pete the Cat book, Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Both left corporate jobs in the late nineties (James was an electrical engineer, Kimberly worked in the press office of the governor of Georgia) to pursue their passion for art, and they have experienced a life made up of strange and wonderful coincidences ever since. Pete the Cat has brought magic into their lives. They work in side-by-side studios, sharing their home with five cats and Emma the pug.






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