This week marks the 100th birthday of Leo Lionni, author and illustrator of more than 40 children's books, including Little Blue and Little Yellow and Nicolas, Where Have You Been?
Lionni is one of many authors whose work for young children has stayed in print and has become part of the childhood memories of several generations. If your child has not had the chance to encounter Lionni's work, we recommend it, along with that of other timeless authors, including:
Ezra Jack Keats - who broke the color barrier in mainstream children's publishing;
Beverly Cleary- whose memorable characters populate dozens of books for a variety of reading levels;
E.B. White - who brought Charlotte, Wilbur, and a farmyard full of animals to life;
Eric Carle - whose simple text and brilliant artwork bring us enchanting hungry caterpillars and brown bears; and, of course,
Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel), who taught us all to hop on pop and what to do when the sun did not shine and it was too wet to play....
These are only a few of the timeless classics we all grew up with, and which we can share with our own kids. Drop everything and read!
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