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How children’s authors instill a love of reading in preschoolers

Tana Hoban's children's books are a legacy.
Tana Hoban's children's books are a legacy.
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Preschoolers will learn to love reading when introduced to the books by these three authors. These authors of children’s books are popular because their works have stood the test of time by holding the attention of preschoolers through interesting illustrations, colorful photos, elaborate artwork, and rhythmic rhymes.
These famous authors are Dr. Seuss (pseudonym for Theo “Ted” Geisel 1904-1991), Eric Carle (1929-present, in collaboration with Bill Martin, Jr.), and Tana Hoban (1917-2006).

Dr. Seuss is popular for characters such as The Cat in the Hat (with Thing 1 and Thing 2), The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and the characters of Whoville. Dr. Seuss's One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish teaches young children counting and colors through rhythmic rhymes. Also holding the reader's interest is Fox in Socks, featuring interesting and unique animations. Dr. Seuss's ABC is a classic bestseller that teaches young children the alphabet, including letter recognition and an introduction to phonics.

Eric Carle is popular for his artistic creations made from tissue paper and wallpaper paste. His artwork is honored in a museum in Massachusetts. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969) is so popular with preschoolers that you can find entire classrooms decorated with this theme. It is scientific in that it deals with metamorphosis. It is also a colorful way to introduce foods.

Tana Hoban is popular for her simplistic drawings in black and white, along with her colorful photographs of shapes, signs, and construction equipment. Hoban's first book, Shapes and Things, was published in 1970. Hoban is known for her artistic ability to point out the shapes of things in the various environments in which we exist.