5 Famous Children’s Book Illustrators and Authors around the World

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Reading is fun, especially when you start young. Thanks to our finest authors and illustrators who created wonderful books that still speak to the hearts of many until today.

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Can you name some of the famous children’s book illustrators and authors?

Here are five children’s book authors and illustrators who have captured the hearts of children through their heartwarming, colorful, and wonderfully illustrated books. Are you ready to meet them?

Author Dr Seuss

Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat (1957), Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
Style: Unique and fatuous, imaginative scenes, colorful illustrations, and whimsical rhymes

Dr. Seuss is a timeless storyteller that remains a legacy today. He authored about forty-six books for children—playful and fun to read. With his unyielding dedication and talent, Dr. Seuss is indeed an icon in children’s literature.


Author Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902)
Style: funny and heartening narrative, with interesting characters and fantastic illustrations

Beatrix Potter, one of the most beloved storytellers, had written and illustrated twenty-eight books. All have been translated into over thirty-five languages. Her books are a treasury of vocabulary words, with characters that will surely tickle every child’s imagination.


Ruth Krauss


Ruth Krauss
The Happy Day (1949), A Very Special House (1953)
Style: minimal text, heart-warming and soul-stirring content

Ruth Krauss penned two picture books that received Caldecott Medal and Honor Books. She was also known for working closely with a famous illustrator, Maurice Sendak, for over eight years. Her work was arguably warm, full of life, and was best-known in her attention to precise language.


Arnold Lobel

Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad Are Friends (1970), Mouse Soup (1977)
Style: inconspicuous world of small animals—pleasing and funny

Arnold Lobel was a multi-awarded children’s book author and was awarded the Garden State Children’s Book Award and Caldecott Medal, among others. His works are often filled with simple and cartoon-like illustrations.



Margaret Wise Brown

Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moon (1947), The Runaway Bunny (1942)
Style: brightly-colored pages, innovative and original insights

Brown was a revolutionary writer during her time. She paved a new way of writing for children’s book. She is also known for her works that attuned to the concerns and emotions of children. She was hailed as “the first author of picture books to be recognized in her own right … [and] the first author to make writing of picture books an art.”


So who among these famous children’s book illustrators and authors is your favorite? Take inspiration and start writing your book today!

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