Karen’s really, really super short list of favorites

All time favorite book

  • Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino

Picture book authors or author/illustrators

  • Chris Haughton
  • Oliver Jeffers
  • Mac Barnett
  • Lemony Snickett
  • Chris Van Allsburg
  • Mo Willems
  • Istvan Banyai
  • Walter Dean Myers
  • Molly Bang
  • Chris Raschka
  • Maya Angelou

Some I found in other countries:

  • Mandana Sadat: del otro lado del árbol
  • Marjorie Porchet: La cabeza en la bolsa
  • Luca Tortolini: Le case degli altri bambini
  • Anna Baccelliere: Amo, Non Amo
  • Laurent Moreau: A Che Pensi?


  • Christopher Myers
  • Heidi Meade
  • Charley Harper
  • Leo and Diane Dillon

Illustration resources

  • Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang
  • Writing With Pictures by Uri Shulevitz
  • Show Me A Story: Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World’s Most Celebrated Illustrators, edited by Leonard S. Marcus


  • Isamu Noguchi
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Terrance Osborne
  • Alexander Calder
  • Jacob Lawrence
  • Walter Anderson

Writing biz

  • Publishing 101 by Jane Friedman

Authors of adult work: I’m always in the middle of a novel and fall in love with writers for how they use language.

  • Elena Ferrante
  • Ann Patchett
  • Katherine Boo
  • William Faulkner
  • re-read The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone before and during trip to Florence, Italy, which brought SO MUCH to life.