Your bookshelves are packed with your kiddos favorite stories and we’re betting a trip to the library requires more than a tote bag. So if you’re a fan of kid lit, you’ve no doubt heard of the four famous authors below. But what you might not know about are their lesser known works. Scroll down to see how many you’ve read.

The Stars by H.A. Rey

If the name H.A. Rey sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the co-creator, along with wife Margaret, of Curious George. Turns out, Rey was an astronomer at heart and his book, The Stars, is still used today as an excellent introductory textbook to constellations. It’s geared toward teens but can be a great way for parents and their younger stargazers to acquaint themselves with the night sky. Lucky for us, it’s still in print. Get it on Amazon for $12.31. Ages: 12 and up, suitable for younger readers with parental assist.

 

Magic Beach by Crockett Johnson

You know Crockett Johnson by his other magical book: Harold and the Purple Crayon and the subsequent stories about Harold’s adventures. Magic Beach brings you all of the feels you felt the first time you read Harold, but this time the line-drawn characters are Amy and Ben. When they write a single word in the sand, it becomes real. If you want a perfect beach read this summer, treat yourself to a hardcover copy of this one. $17.09 on Amazon. Ages: 4 and up.

The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown

Your favorite Goodnight Moon author’s book repertoire is extensive but you may not be familiar with The Dead Bird. Don’t be put off by the title too much—it is about death, but in Brown’s tenderest, gentlest way. The latest edition, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Leo, A Ghost Story; Gaston; Last Stop on Market Street) lends itself perfectly to Margaret Wise Brown’s words. Get it here for $9.95.

Katy and the Big Snow by the Virginia Lee Burton

You’ve probably read Virginia Lee Burton’s beautifully illustrated and beloved Mike Mulligan and His Steamshovel. Or maybe you’re a fan of her enduring classic The Little House, about that one little house that the city builds itself around. In case you’ve missed it, Burton’s Katy and the Big Snow is big on charm and details which your little machine-lovers will delight in. We also adore Maybelle the Cable Car. Do your kiddos a favor and grab the compilation of all four stories in Mike Mulligan and More, available here for $9.95. Ages: 2-8

What’s your “secret” work by a well-known author?

 

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