I think it's amazing that an individual can write their own story & illustrate it. Author-illustrators have to do a lot of work to publish a book. Here are some of my favorites or classic author-illustrators with at least one example of a book they've produced. I respect people who can craft their own story entirely on their own; I wish I could do the same with my children's books! Instead, I've found some pretty talented women to help me out on the illustrations in my books & I think you will all thank me for that! ;)
1. Bill Peet wrote & illustrated Big Bad Bruce, The Caboose who Got Loose, Cowardly Clyde, Farewell to Shady Glade, Smokey & many more!
2. Graeme Base wrote & illustrated Little Elephants, The Water Hole, & Animalia
3. Brian Floca wrote & illustrated Moonshot, Lightship, Locomotive (which won the Caldecott medal award) & The Racecar Alphabet.
4. Penny Dale wrote Dinosaur Rocket & Dinosaur Pirates.
5. Lisa Stubbs wrote Lily and Bear.
6. Don Freeman wrote & illustrated the beloved Courduroy series.
7. Ezra Jack Keats wrote the Snowy Day.
8. Joseph Kuefler wrote & illustrated The Digger & the Flower & Rulers of the Playground.
9. Marianne Richmond wrote & illustrated Be Brave Little One & In My Heart.
10. Bruce Degen wrote & illustrated Jamberry.
11. Daniel San Souci who wrote & illustrated by North Country Night.
12. Eric Carle wrote & illustrated the Very Hungry Caterpillar & the Very Busy Spider.
13. Chris Gall wrote & illustrated Dinotrux.
14. Melanie Watts wrote & drew the Scaredy Squirrel series.
15. Lane Smith wrote & illustrated Grandpa Green (which won a Caldecott award.)
16. Maurice Sendak wrote & illustrated the beloved Where the Wild Things Are.
I have a toddler son who LOVES anything and everything that moves & beeps or honks; this list of 15 picture books is dedicated to him, since these are the books he has exclusively requested at bedtime for about a year now. Think airplanes, trains, cars...VROOM! (Not included but coming soon will be a list of all our favorite construction books.)
I grouped the books below by trains, cars & trucks, & airplanes. Enjoy!
- A quick disclaimer: I am not sponsored by Amazon, but all the book links below are on Amazon.com simply because my server kept crashing with Barnes & Noble and Target. That being said, I'm sure you could find quite a few of these books at those stores.
1. The Little Engine that Could
by: Watty Piper
2. How to Train a Train
by: Jason Carter Eaton
3. Trucker & Train
by: Hannah Stark
4. Steam Train, Dream Train
by: Sherri Duskey Rinker
(This cute one comes with sound book options also. See the link below! We also like Steam Train Dream Train COLORS.)
5. Trains Run!
by: George Ella & Benn Lyon
6. If I Built a Car
by: Chris Van Dusen
7. Little Blue Truck (the entire series is great! We love Little Blue Truck Leads the Way & the seasonal ones too!!)
by: Alice Schertle
8. Little Fire Truck
by: Margery Cuyler
9. How to Track a Truck
by: Jason Carter Eaton
10. “and the cars go...”
by: William Bee
by: Barbara McClintock
by: John Cena
13. If I Built a Car
by: Chris Van Duesen
14. Violet the Pilot
by: Steve Breen
(I love that the protagonist of this story is a girl & she's very innovative in creating her own airplane & wanting to race it against other pilots as a young girl. She ends up doing something more important with her aircraft on the day of the race, however.)
by: Robert Neubecker
by: George Lyon
17.The Airport Book
by; Lisa Brown
18. Choo Choo
by: Virginia Lee Burton (same author of Mike Mulligan's Steam Shovel)
**Bonus Book (mostly colorful pictures & less wordy): ABC's for Boys, by: Michael Kracht**
I firmly believe that when our kids are little, Valentines is more of a friendship day, or a day to show & share love from parent to child. So a lot of these books reflect that inclination. If you're interested in more adult-ish, romantic Valentines reads, than please join my online book club in reading Edenbrooke this month. :)
BABY BOARD BOOKS:
1. "Kiss it Better" by: Smriti Prasdam-Hatts
2. "With Love, from Me to You by: Manz Simon
3. "Snuggle Puppy" by: Sandra Boynton (be prepared to sing a little ditty!)
4. "You are my Heart" by: Marianne Richmond
5."How Many Do I Love You?" by: Cheri Love-Byrd
CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS:
1."The Biggest Kiss" by: Joanna Walsh & Judi Abbot
All about animals & kisses; adorable!
2. "Love Is" by: Diane Adams
A story of a little duck & a little girl who finds him & who grow to care for each other.
3. "I Love You, a Bushel & a Peck"
(yes, the lyrics to the song from Guys & Dolls with adorable duck illustrations). My grandma always says this to us or writes it in our birthday cards, so this one is extra special to me.
4. "Plant a Kiss" by: Amy Rosenthal
Little Miss plants a seed or small act of love & is surprised by the grand result.
5. "Pete the Cat, Valentine's Day is Cool" by: James Dean
*Bonus book*: "Twosomes" is a book of love poems by Marilyn Singer
"Splat the Cat" by: Rob Scotton
1. Dino Basketball
by: Lisa Wheeler
2. Don't Ask a Dinosaur
by: Deborah Bruss
3. Triceratops Stomp
by: Karen Parakau
4.Down at the Dinowash Deluxe
by: Tim Myers
5.A Dinosaur Named After Me
by: Bernard Most
Side note: It's always quite nice when the author provides a pronunciation guide or breaks down the complex & unfamiliar names into syllables.