Did you ever wonder what your favorite children’s authors and illustrators read when they were little? I was curious so I set off on a mission to find out what books inspired them as youngsters. This was a pretty labor intensive project, but I got to chat with some fun folks and got to explore lots of author and illustrator websites and interviews.
So, here we have books that our favorite authors and illustrators read when they were kids!
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Children’s Authors and Their Favorite Books
The amazing Mo Willems has created so many wonderful books including the Elephant & Piggie books, Knuffle Bunny and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Willems says that he wasn’t much of a reader when he was young. But, he did enjoy the Charlie Brown Peanuts comic strip.
I had a nice little chat with Drew Daywalt author of The Day the Crayons Quit on Twitter the other day. His favorite book as a boy was Dr. Seuss’ What Was I Scared Of?: A Glow in the Dark Adventure. He also loved books by Roald Dahl and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien.
Linda Sue Park is the author of Xander’s Panda Party and Bee Bim Bop which are two of our all-time favorite books. Park enjoyed reading Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer and Over and Over by Charlotte Zolotow.
Todd Parr has written and illustrated numerous books in his super colorful style. His newest book is It’s Okay to Make Mistakes. He said when he was little, he liked to read Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman.
You can also see an interview I did with Todd Parr and Zoobean last year where I ask him about his favorite books.
Eric Carle author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many more classics enjoyed reading Mickey Mouse and Flash Gordon when he was a child.
Patricia Polacco another all-time favorite of mine loved books as a child. One of her many favorites included The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
Chris Van Allsburg author and illustrator of The Polar Express was a fan of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.
Anna Dewdney is the author of all the Llama Llama books. She said that she can still remember her dad reading her the Winnie the Pooh books.
Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the Otis books. Our family is super excited about the new Otis book coming out- Otis and the Scarecrow this fall. As a child he enjoyed reading The Little Engine That Could, The Poky Little Puppy and Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel.
What book do you think your child will look back on and say was their favorite?