From the Jan/Feb, 2013 issue of Touchstone
childrens books Reliable Authors of Picture Books by Kathie Johnson

FIRST BOOKS by Kathie Johnson

Reliable Authors of Picture Books

People often want advice on "reliable" authors—those who not only tell good stories, but also display good values. I'd like to share some personal favorites that also seem to be popular with many of the children who come to my library. In this column I'll feature just picture books. In future issues, I'll include books for older children.

As I've been pondering this subject, the authors that have repeatedly come to mind all seem to be author-illustrators (writers who illustrate their own books.) They also tend to be authors who tell a single story about a main character, as opposed to t . . .


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