From the Shelves of a Children’s Book Author – Oliver Jeffers

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Oliver Jeffers is a kid at heart. Photo: Timeoutnewyorkkids.com

Oliver Jeffers is a kid at heart. Photo: Timeoutnewyorkkids.com

From the Berenstains Bears to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the art of storytelling is really about reaching to the inner child in all of us. On the most basic level, children books break down the life lessons that shape who we become – the good ones at least! Read over and over again, certain childhood books fuel the fire on inspiration and curiosity. We asked children’s book author and friend of Krrb Oliver Jeffers for the five children books on his required reading list.

Keep an eye on Oliver Jeffer’s Krrb corner to see his latest projects and read on for Oliver’s favorite reads below.

Dr. Seuss

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Photo: Demco.com

Dr. Seuss set the bar on bizarre other worldliness with a strong undercurrent of good fun and word play.

Richard Scarry

Photo: Earlylearning-eaton.blogspot.com

Photo: Earlylearning-eaton.blogspot.com

The worlds Richard Scarry created are completely engaging yet totally accessible, inspiring children (well, me as a kid anyway) that they could do the same.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Photo: Thebookblog.com

Photo: Thebookblog.com

The Grimm Brothers really are the grandfathers of modern children’s story telling as we know it. There is no bubble wrap around these stories!

Where the Wild Things Are

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Photo: Braddunne.wordpress.com

A strange and subtle contemporary classic by Maurice Sendak that has inspired styles and pretenders for generations. (Editor’s Note: Get custom Max pajamas on Krrb!

The Giving Tree

Photo: Iwassociation.com

Photo: Iwassociation.com

This book by Shel Silverstein first inspired my career shift into picture books. A broad and sweeping fable about generosity, selfishness and the various stages of growing up.

 

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