Monthly Authors

KA Monthly Authors

Each month, KA will be exploring the works of various children’s authors.  Authors for each month of the school year are listed below.  Please look for their books when you visit your local library.  The children are encouraged to share these books in class.  Some of the authors have websites.  You can visit these by clicking on Recommended Websites on the KA Homepage.

September - Kevin Henkes                 

Kevin Henkes became a published author/illustrator at the age of 19.  His first picture book, All Alone, was published in 1981.  He is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal and the Newberry Honor.

October – Tomie dePaola and Don Freeman

Tomie dePaola is the beloved author and illustrator of over 200 picture books.  Many of his works center on memories of his own childhood or tales from Italian folklore.  He is the recipient of the Caldecott and the Newberry Honors.

Don Freeman is the celebrated creator of Corduroy, Dandelion, and many other imaginative characters.

November – Leo Lionni and Eric Carle

Leo Lionni is a four-time Caldecott Honor winner who wrote and illustrated more than forty children’s books.  His gentle characters and colorful illustrations have been captivating generations of readers.  Important life lessons are reinforced throughout his imaginative tales.

Eric Carle is the recipient of many literary awards including the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association.  He is the prolific author/illustrator of over seventy works.  Many of his books have the added dimensions of cut-out pages, twinkling lights, or sound effects.

December – Doreen Cronin

Cows that type?  A duck for president?  This is just some of the fun that can be found in the books written by Doreen Cronin. 

We will also be reading lots of yuletide tales during the month of December.


January – Bernard Weber and Ezra Jack Keats

Have you ever met a crocodile that likes to take bubble baths?  Allow Bernard Weber to introduce you to Lyle!  Lyle the crocodile made his debut in The House of East 88th Street.  Bernard Weber has written numerous books about the adventures of Lyle and many other interesting characters.

Ezra Jack Keats revolutionized mainstream American children’s literature by introducing multiculturalism.  He was one of the first children’s book authors in the English-speaking world to use urban settings for his stories.  Ezra Jack Keats also helped develop the use of collage as a medium for illustration.

February – Laura Numeroff and Jonathan London

Laura Numeroff is best known for stories that use a circular format, presenting to the reader a chain of events relying on the consequences of actions.  Young readers love to discover just what will happen next in these charming stories.

Jonathan London began his literary career writing short stories and poems for adults.  Once he had children of his own, he began to take an interest in writing for them.  He is the author of over twenty picture books for young children, including the humorous Froggy series.  Children love to hear about Froggy’s foibles and can easily relate to his comical adventures.

                                                   March – Dr. Seuss

Ted Geisel, a/k/a Dr. Seuss, will always be remembered as a great creative mind and a champion of social justice.  His books are enjoyed throughout the world by readers of all ages.


April – Gene Zion and Jan Brett

Gene Zion attended the New School of Social Research and the Pratt Institute.  He collaborated with illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham on all of his picture books. Gene Zion is best known for the creation of the rascally dog, Harry, who appears in some of his books.

Jan Brett has wanted to be an author/illustrator since childhood.  As a student of the Museum School in Boston, she spent many hours at the Museum of Fine Arts.  Jan Brett is an intrepid world traveler.  Her adventures serve as an inspiration for many of her books.


May – Mo Willems

Mo Willems has won six Emmy Awards for his work on Sesame Street.  He has also been awarded two Caldecott Honors for his New York Times best-selling books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny:  A Cautionary Tale.  Mo Willems is able entertain children and adults with his witty observations on the human condition.

 June – James Dean

James Dean adopted a cat from a local shelter and named him "Pete".  This began to inspire him in his writing and illustrating.  The Pete the Cat series is beloved by young readers and adults.

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