As if writing a children’s book isn’t enough work, some authors are talented enough to illustrate their own books – it’s amazing! When an author is able to illustrate his or her own work, they are able to capture the true essence and message of their writing. You should recognize all of the writer/illustrators listed below, they’re famous for a reason!
Dr. Seuss is the pseudonym for Theodore Seuss Geisel. Seuss wrote and illustrated 44 books for children under this pseudonym. He also wrote other books for children under the name Theo LeSieg. Dr. Seuss’s best known children’s books include: Green eggs and Ham, One fish, Two Fish, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat,and Horton Hears a Who. Dr. Seuss illustrates in a bright graphic cartoon style that appeals to children and adults alike. And, while at first glance, Seuss’ books appear as simplistic and rhyming, many deal with important adult issues. For example, “The Lorax” address damage to the environment through capitalist greed and abuse of environmental resources.
Shel Silverstein is an American author and cartoonist. He is also a screenwriter and singer-songwriter. Silverstein well-loved book, “The Giving Tree,” shows the relationship between a small boy and a tree. The illustrations are simple yet touching, and the theme of the story is about selfless love, though it could also be interpreted to be about abuse of power and privilege. His other popular children’s book is “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” which is a collection of children’s poetry that addresses common childhood concerns through imaginative stories.
Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain are the creators and illustrators of the children’s book series “The Berenstain Bears.” Together they wrote and illustrated hundreds of books, dealing with a variety of issues and exciting events children may encounter as they grow up. Some of the most-loved books of the series include: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room, The Berenstain Bears get the Gimmies, and The Berenstain Bears New Baby. After their deaths, Stan and Jan’s son, Mike, also a children’s author/illustrator, continued the family stories, and new books are still being written and illustrated to this day!
Beatrix Potter was A British author and illustrator who is best known for her children’s books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Miss Tiggy-Winkle, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, and the Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. Potters books center around animals, where the animals take on human characteristics. This is calledanthropomorphism, and is a technique commonly used in children’s literature. Beatrix Potter books are considered classic collector items and have inspired lines of dishware, toys, and clothing.
May Gibbs is an Australia children’s author who is best known for her book “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie”. This enchanting children’s book follows the adventures of brother and sister ‘gum nut babies’ who travel across land and sea in Australia, encountering all manner of good and mischievous characters. Gibbs’ books are for older children, and most editions include beautiful full-colour illustrations, drawn with great detail and imagination. Her books are not to be missed, especially for those fond of Australian wildlife and nature.