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The greatest female picture book writers in history

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Ditto on Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Polly Dunbar, Lauren Child (Charlie & Lola), Laurie Keller (love that woman's hilarious brain).
And ditto on so many fantastic female PB authors/illustrators taking the PB world by storm!
#31 - May 28, 2014, 04:24 PM
You're never too old to become younger. - Mae West

Another addition to the list - Jan Brett   
I really like her illustrations which give a hint to the next step in her story.     :)
#32 - May 28, 2014, 09:38 PM

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Tony Johnston. Read THAT SUMMER.

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#33 - May 29, 2014, 05:50 AM
« Last Edit: May 29, 2014, 07:43 AM by Andi W. »
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So many greats have already been mentioned but I'm surprised these two classic author/illustrators haven't been listed:

Barbara Helen Berger

Elsa Beskow
#34 - May 30, 2014, 07:46 AM
Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) February, 2014

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That's a great list. How about some love for Virginia Lee Burton? She should be mentioned in the same breath as Beatrix Potter, Margaret Wise Brown and Jane Yolen.

A name rarely mentioned is Patricia Scarry, who illustrated much of her husband's earlier work, and she also wrote some including Good Night, Little Bear and The Bunny Book. That last one is one of my childhood favorites, and perhaps the earliest picture book example of a stay-at-home dad.

I don't think Lillian Hoban wrote any stories, but her Frances illustrations are all-time classics.
#35 - June 02, 2014, 09:56 AM

How about  Else Holmelund Minarik? I often see her most famous series described as "Maurice Sendak's Little Bear," but Minarik was the writer.
#36 - June 02, 2014, 10:12 AM
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Andi, I just looked at the blurb for THAT SUMMER and it sounds amazing.

And I love Elsa Beskow, I can't believe I forgot her! And Virginia Lee Burton too!

If I wrote a blog, I'd do a blog post listing all these historical greats, then perhaps another one with a 'future greats' too. Anyone who writes a blog fancy doing it instead?!
#37 - June 02, 2014, 01:02 PM


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