5 Picture Books About Famous Authors

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Cassandra Neace

Staff Writer

Cassandra Neace is a high school English teacher in Houston. When she's not in the classroom, she reads books and writes about them. She prides herself on her ability to recommend a book for most any occasion. She can be found on Instagram @read_write_make

It’s never too early to start a child’s literary education. This is evidenced by the hugely popular Baby Lit books. As a child ages, it makes sense that this education be taken further. With that goal in mind, check out these picture books about famous authors and the inspirations for their greatest works.

The Pilot and the Little Prince Peter SisThe Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sís

This picture book biography of the author of The Little Prince is, much like that novel, beautiful and spare.  It’s the perfect book to read with children around the viewing of the new film adaptation, which will premier on Netflix in August.



Richard Wright and the Library Card William Miller Gregory ChristieRichard Wright and the Library Card written by William Miller and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Based on an excerpt from Wright’s own Black Boy, this book focuses on one of the experiences that helped shaped the man that Wright would become and the works he would later produce. That library card was life-changing, and this book introduces the idea that having one could be just as significant for the reader. Miller has written a similar story about Zora Neale Hurston, too.

Emily Michael Bedard Barbara CooneyEmily written by Michael Bedard and illustrated by Barbara Cooney

This story is a fictional account of a little girl’s encounters with Emily Dickinson, her reclusive neighbor. She gives the poet small gifts, and she is gifted a very special original poem in return. It’s a sweet, beautiful story.

Enormous Smallness EE Cummings Burgess Di GiacomoEnormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings written by Matthew Burgess and illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

This is a non-fiction book that blends information about the life of the poet with samples of his actual poetry. The goal is to make children interested in learning more about him, his work, and poetry in general. And the illustrations are pretty stellar.


My Name is Gabriela Monica Brown John ParraMy Name is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Monica Brown has written a number of biographical children’s stories about authors, musicians, and athletes, including poet Pablo Neruda and novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  Each one presents the life of each writer in a way that encourages creativity and imagination in each young reader.