As an author of picture books (and young adult) who is working on getting published, I take pride in reading what other authors and illustrators write. I do not illustrate my books as I leave that up to the professionals but I do imagine what the illustrations might look like as I write.
[As you can see above, I am best to leave the illustrating to the professionals and hone the story instead.]
Reading and researching are as much a part of writing as the writing itself.
To be exceptional or even good at at writing, one must READ, READ, READ. To be exceptional at illustrating picture books one must STUDY, STUDY, STUDY AND READ, READ, READ picture books as well. Research is key!
Since 2012, I have read over 2,500 picture books to learn what’s out there in the marketplace and learn who’s writing and illustrating them. (In 2014 I discovered Goodreads where I joined and started keeping track of all of the books I read which obviously does not have anything pre-October 2014)
But can I name the books, the authors, the illustrators, the publishers? Not off the top of my head. Too many to list and too many to remember. But if you are looking for specific authors, illustrators or publishers books, a good place to start is http://www.goodreads.com.
Which brings me to the point of this post. Since I do not illustrate, I am in awe of illustrators. And if the illustrator also writes their own story then WHAM! I am starstruck. Therefore, I can however give you a sampling of the author/illustrators whose books I recently enjoyed for both the writing and the illustrating.
Without further ado, by photo and in no specific order, here are some of my favorite books by Author/Illustrators:
Below is the list of author/illustrators in order of above book appearance in this post starting with the header photo.
Denise Fleming – @
David McPhail – davidmcphailillustrations.com
Patrick McDonnell – @
Steven Kellogg – stevenkellogg.com
Mercer Mayer – @
David Ezra Stein – davidezra.com
Jeannie Baker – www.jeanniebaker.com
Ashley Spires – @
Dav Pilkey – www.pilkey.com
Daniel Miyares – @
John Burningham – @
Wendell Minor – @
Keiko Kasza – keikokasza.com/books.php
John Butler – www.johnbutlerart.com
Ed Embereley – @
Lane Smith – lanesmithbooks.com
Peter H. Reynolds – @
Daniel Pinkwater – @
Hyewon Yum – www.hyewonbook.com
Lois Ehlert – www.harpercollins.com/authors/12055
Benji Davies – @
Il Sung Na – @
Bob Barner – www.bobbarner.com
Chris Van Allsburg – http://hmhbooks.com/chrisvanallsburg/
Peggy Rathmann – www.peggyrathmann.com
Brian Lies – @
Graeme Base – graemebase.com
Maurice Sendak – https://www.harpercollins.com/cr-100369/maurice-sendak
Shennen Bersani – @
May this list inspire you to do your creative best.