Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic? Auto-buy authors! And I have many more than 10.  I decided to narrow the list by choosing only authors I pre-order. And still ended up with eleven.

i will take a nap

Very little makes me happier than a new Elephant & Piggie book, and thankfully Mo Willems seems happy to oblige with 1-2 new titles a year. But a new Knuffle Bunny or Pigeon is also cause for celebration (and pre-ordering).


Laura Lee Gulledge’s Page by Paige is my go-to graphic novel for English majors new to the format. And her sophomore effort, Will & Whit, is just as good. Now if only she’d publish a new graphic novel I could pre-order!

viva frida

A new Yuyi Morales book is cause for serious celebration. I know the art will push boundaries and the story will resonate.

daughter of smoke and bone

No one builds a world as richly or writes a sentence as lushly as Laini Taylor.

story of fish and snail

Somehow I find a reason to include The Story of Fish & Snail in every Top Ten list I write. It’s that good. On the strength of my love for that one title, Deborah Freedman is a forever pre-order author for me.

my name is jason mine too

I fell hard for Jason Reynolds when I read My Name Is Jason. Mine too, a collection of poetry and paintings by Reynolds and his friend, Jason Griffin, and his brilliant debut novel, When I Was the Greatest (best book cover ever!), only cemented my love.

king of attolia

Megan Whalen Turner wrote my most very favorite series of all time starring my most very favorite hero of all time, Eugenides, The Queen’s Thief. Until she publishes more books, I’ll just reread The Thief series every couple of years or so.

brown girl

Jacqueline Woodson is brilliant whether she’s writing picture books or middle grade fiction or verse memoirs.

shadow hero

Gene Luen Yang constantly does fresh and interesting things with the graphic novel format. I very nearly assigned three of his books in my new Graphic Novels course.

liar and spy

Rebecca Stead’s middle-grade fiction is clever and thought-provoking and features characters who remind me of me when I was that age. Plus, she’s really nice.


Raina Telgemeier’s graphic nvoels are easy sells in all of my courses. Her books tend to convince even readers who think they don’t like graphic novels that they actually do.





7 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors”

  1. Alison Doherty Avatar

    Jacqueline Woodson is such a good pick. I’ve just read Brown Girl Dreaming and some of her picture books, but I can’t wait to work my way through the rest of her list.

  2. Hayley @ Bookblogher Avatar

    Great list!! I’m so glad you included picture books and graphic novels!! I had Gene Luen Yang on my list too.

  3. Caitlin Stern Avatar

    Taylor’s series really grabbed my attention–a great story and some wicked endings.

  4. carriegelson Avatar

    What a beautiful variety. I see we both have Yuyi on our lists! I also think Jason Reynolds is a wow author and I can’t wait for more from him!

  5. nerdybookgirl Avatar

    Mo Willems is a favorite. My husband is an art teacher with the Boys and Girls Club and went on a field trip with them to see a Mo Willems exhibit at the Atlanta High Museum of Art. He said it was really fantastic!

  6. kelseyempfield Avatar

    Yuyi is awesome! Glad to see those books make your list. I had a struggling reader finish Page by Paige this week and love it! Agreed, Laura needs to write more books!

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