This Women’s History Month, I want to highlight some of the youth staff’s favorite women authors for kids and teens.
Faith Erin Hicks is one of my favorite graphic novelists. Her art always has this clean, vibrant look to it and the characters in her stories are well thought out and relatable. Plus, she’s one of the artists that works on the Avatar the Last Airbender graphic novels – and I LOVE everything Avatar!
I also really enjoy the stories that Jen Wang creates. Her tales of friendship and romance are incredibly endearing, and her art is always beautiful and creates a sense of whimsy.
I think Deb Caletti is one of those authors who really remembers what it's like to be a teen. And she writes about important topics in a relatable and accessible way. I give her to reluctant readers who want realistic fiction.
The diversity of Jacqueline Woodson's characters in her stories is amazing. Their life circumstances mirror some of the leading issues that are in the news today – race, immigration, incarceration, learning differences – yet they all come together to raise the other person up in order to meet the challenges of their lives.
I love Mary Downing Hahn because I can count on her stories to give me an adrenaline rush from a good scare. She never disappoints.
I like Karen Katz’s picture books and board books because they are full of bright colors, sweet faces, and fun, easy rhymes.
Flavia Z. Drago's picture books radiate warmth and personality, thanks to her tender storytelling and vibrant Mexican folk art style illustrations.
If you want to read more of our staff’s favorite women authors, check out this book list: