Back-to-school time always makes us think of our favorite children’s books, visits to the local library, and reading with our kids. Classics like Hey! Wake Up! and Llama Llama Misses Mama are likely so familiar that many of us can recite them from memory, but it’s always interesting (and inspiring!) to think about the authors and illustrators behind these magical stories.
Beloved children’s author Anna Dewdney, who passed away last year, left behind a legacy of literature. She is most famous for her Llama Llama series (check out her Halloween story!) but Little Excavator, published posthumously this summer, introduces a brand new Dewdney character to children. Dewdney’s final request in life was that each of us read to a child.
What child (or parent!) doesn’t know Moo, Baa, La La La by heart? Sandra Boynton is the classic board book author and musician too! Read a Q&A with the magical Sandra Boynton: she talks about donuts, who she’s really writing for, and playing the kazoo.
Molly Bang, author of When Sophie Gets Angry–Really, Really Angry and The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher, inspired a college course on writing children’s books. She found her way to writing by being fired from her job as a reporter. It was time to follow her dream: writing books for kids!