Don & Audrey Wood

Don & Audrey Wood are a husband & wife author-illustrator team. I list them together because they really complete each other. Audrey Wood's text proves she "gets" children, and Don Wood's warm, inviting, whimsical illustrations perfectly complement them. I think their books are some of the least-recognized gems for children published right now. I love some of the main-stream ones (Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Margaret Wise Brown, etc.), but think that these are simply outstanding.

The Napping House
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry & the Big Hungry Bear
Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear!
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
Piggies (or, as we read it in our house, Cerditos)