There is a great thread/hashtag on Twitter right now that you should follow = #5authors
Basically, teachers and librarians and book lovers are sharing their top 5 favorite authors per grade level. Here are my top 5 for K – 5!
MO WILLEMS – OF COURSE I am starting with Mo. I love him. I love the Pigeon. I love Elephant & Piggie. I love Trixie. I love Leonardo. I love anything that Mo does. Most of his books are perfect for reading out loud and for retelling. The activities you can do with his books are AWESOME and endless. And, he’s cute.
STEVE JENKINS – Perfect non-fiction. You can read it out loud. Kids can skim and gather interesting facts. He has a book about just about any animal you would want to research. The illustrations are wonderful and kids can create their own artwork using the same technique, so you can do a science lesson mixed with research mixed with art. What more could you want???
3. TOM LICHTENHELD – Sometimes he’s the author; sometimes he’s the illustrator; sometimes he’s both. Always clever. Always a book you have to read or look at more than once to catch it all.
4. AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL – I have recently declared Rosenthal as one of my MOST favorite authors. I did not realize until the other day that I have read tons of her books and have enjoyed each and every one. I was surprised when I found out that the same person wrote so many of the books I love. Her books are whimsical and often have something in them that can lead to good discussion with the kiddos.
5. PETER H. REYNOLDS – The author of The Dot. A great, great, great book about making your mark. All of his books, like Rosenthal’s, are lovely to read and to look at, plus, there is an important message to share and to teach. Love them!
Other authors I love, love, love (because who can stick to 5?!) –
There are so many more. That should get you started 😉