It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and Bookish.
This week’s topic? Top Ten Auto-buy Authors But I kind of switched it up . . .
I approached this theme with some flexibility. First, I only included picture books. Second, my list is all about illustrators, not authors (although some both illustrate and write their books). And top ten? Nope. I have twenty. But I split it into two lists of ten in order to kind of follow the rules. 🙂 10 + 10 = 20
My top ten lists this week are all about my auto-buy illustrators. These artists help make picture books that are irresistible.
I read a lot, a lot, a lot of picture books. Narrowing these lists down was a challenge!
When it became apparent that I couldn’t limit my list to just ten, I decided to make a list of female illustrators and a list of male illustrators. Both make the best books ever! I am so excited to honour them here. For each illustrator, I have included my favourite (or one of my favourite) books that they have illustrated.
My ten auto-buy female illustrators listed in alphabetical order:
Freya Blackwood illustrated Harry and Hopper I love the scratchy, loose lines and the mood Blackwood creates through shading and colour.
Lauren Castillo wrote and illustrated Melvin and the Boy I love Nana and her wonderful cape and thought it was wonderfully Caldecott worthy, but I have such a soft spot for this sweet little book.
Marla Frazee illustrated All the World It is so absolutely calming and charming and full of all the world’s memories.
Emily Hughes wrote and illustrated Wild which I am more than a little wild about
Suzy Lee created the wordless treasure Wave I am quite sure these waves are moving across the pages here.
Qin Leng illustrated Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin – there is one page oh so very full of green that I fell in love with.
Yuyi Morales wrote and illustrated Niño Wrestles the World I already loved this title but then I heard Yuyi read it aloud and I was even more smitten. Such joyous energy and escapades in this book!
Julie Morstad’s illustrations in This is Sadie are swoon worthy. Seriously, this cover!
LeUyen Phan absolutely blew me away with The Boy Who Loved Math
Erin E. Stead illustrated the stunning If You Want to See a Whale If you follow this blog you know I have a serious thing for whales. The one in this book? I find it particularly captivating.
My ten auto-buy male illustrators listed in alphabetical order
Jonathan Bean illustrated Bad Bye, Good Bye which I found wonderfully delightful. Look at the expressions conveyed just on the cover.
Peter Brown won me over with his book The Curious Garden that he wrote and illustrated. Doesn’t it make you want to go plant a seed or two or twelve in some unexpected places?
Oliver Jeffers just keeps making more books. Picking a favourite is challeging. I’m going with The Heart and the Bottle which will tug at your heart.
Jon Klassen is the Caldecott King but it is his illustrations in House Held up by Trees that I find the most incredible.
E.B. Lewis has done so many titles that are powerful but his illustrations in My Best Friend might be my favourite.
Patrick McDonnell’s illustrations are so whimsical and full of teeny tiny characters that are very large. South is gentle and lovely.
Christopher Silas Neal’s books with Kate Messner are stunning but it is illustrations in Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animals’ Lives that I want to celebrate here.
Mark Pett won a special award in my room for The Girl and the Bicycle during our Mock Caldecott process He sent a very special gift for his number one fan (see below).
John Rocco does many wonderful titles. He wrote and illustrated Blackout which is likely my favourite. The blues. The blacks. Wow. Wow. Wow.
David Small does the most delicate, detailed drawings for historical fiction titles. I couldn’t choose my favourite. So instead I picked One Cool Friend which I also love.
Who are your auto-buy illustrators?
Could you choose ten? Or stop at twenty? It’s difficult!