100 Most Popular Picture Book Authors and Illustrators: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies

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Designed as a ready-reference and biographical source for educators and young readers, this book offers a more current and affordable alternative to multivolume publications. Fascinating profiles of 100 of the most beloved and celebrated picture book authors and illustrators are accompanied by photos, reading lists, and lists of related information sources (such as Web pages). Contemporary authors and illustrators whose works are still in print provide the focus. A great collection development tool and a resource for author studies units, this book will also be in demand by students for reports.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
McElmeel, a former library media specialist and now an educational consultant, has produced this latest entry in the publisher's "Popular Authors" series. Her introduction explains that the 100 writers and illustrators were selected primarily by 3000 teachers and students responding to a survey; Dr. Seuss was the number one response. In sifting through the results, McElmeel attempted to reflect the diversity of children's literature as well as current trends. Alphabetical entries run about four to eight pages and are quite current (noting recent deaths); they consist of a biography (often with a photo) followed by a "Books and Notes" section. Here one finds brief introductory comments, a selected bibliography, and sources for more information, including web sites. Other recent titles using a similar format, such as St. James Guide to Children's Literature (St. James Pr., 1999) and The Eighth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators (H.W. Wilson, 2000) cover more authors (about 800 and 200, respectively) and accordingly have shorter entries. Given its currency, this work will nicely complement Gale's Something About the Author. McElmeel offers an attractive and useful addition to the existing bio-bibliographical reference works in children's literature. Recommended for public and school libraries.--Katie Sasser, Bowdoin Coll., Brunswick, ME Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563086472
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 7/30/2000
  • Series: Popular Authors Series
  • Pages: 579
  • Product dimensions: 7.21 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Meet the Author

SHARRON L. MCELMEEL, an adjunct instructor at Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a long-time educator and library media specialist who has built a national reputation in the area of children's literature and is an often requested conference speaker. She was named Iowa Reading Teacher of the Year in 1987 and was nominated as Iowa's Teacher of the Year in 1997.

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Table of Contents

Verna Aardema 1
Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg 4
Martha Alexander 8
Sue Alexander 11
Aliki (Aliki Brandenberg) 14
Mitsumasa Anno 19
Caroline Arnold 23
Frank Asch 29
Jim Aylesworth 32
Molly Garrett Bang 35
Marcia Brown 67
Anthony Browne 71
Ashley Bryan 77
Eve Bunting 82
John Burningham 88
Virginia Lee Burton 93
Eric Carle 98
Lorinda Bryan Cauley 104
Eileen Christelow 107
Joanna Cole 112
Barbara Cooney 118
Floyd Cooper 123
Donald Crews 128
Pat Cummings 134
Tomie dePaola 139
Diane Dillon and Leo Dillon 145
Lois Ehlert 151
Lisa Campbell Ernst 156
Mem Fox 160
Dick Gackenbach 164
Wanda Gag 168
Paul Galdone 173
Theodor Seuss Geisel 177
Gail Gibbons 184
Paul Goble 189
Gail Haley 194
Kevin Henkes 201
Lillian Hoban 208
Nonny Hogrogian 212
Deborah Hopkinson 218
Patricia Hutchins 224
Trina Schart Hyman 228
Tony Johnston 234
Ann Jonas 240
Keiko Kasza 244
Ezra Jack Keats 248
Steven Kellogg 252
Eric A. Kimmel 259
Steven Kroll 268
Anita Lobel 273
Arnold Lobel 279
David Macaulay 286
James Marshall 292
Bill Martin Jr. 298
Jacqueline Briggs Martin 303
Mercer Mayer 310
Robert McCloskey 315
Patricia McKissack 321
David McPhail 327
Bernard Most 332
Helen Oxenbury 335
Bill Peet 339
Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney 345
Gloria Pinkney and Jerry Pinkney 354
Patricia Polacco 364
Beatrix Potter 371
Jack Prelutsky 378
James Ransome 384
H.A. (Hans Augusto) Rey and Margret Rey 390
Faith Ringgold 396
Tony Ross 403
Cynthia Rylant 407
Robert San Souci 415
Allen Say 421
Jon Scieszka 429
Maurice Sendak 433
Peter Sis 440
David Small 447
Peter Spier 452
Diane Stanley 458
John Steptoe 463
Janet Stevens 468
James Stevenson 474
Nancy Tafuri 479
Chris Van Allsburg 483
Judith Viorst 490
Bernard Waber 495
Wendy Watson 499
David Wiesner 503
Nancy Willard 509
Vera B. Williams 515
Audrey Wood and Don Wood 520
Jane Yolen 528
Ed Young 534
Margot Zemach 537
Appendix - Photography Credits 541
Genre Index 545
General Index 549
About The Author 579
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