Author Study of Audrey Wood

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You’ll recognize this author, Audrey Wood. She wrote Silly Sally and The Napping House, two of my all time favorite books.  But, did you know that she’s written 55 great picture books? 

Here are some of my favorites: King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub – My favorite of all her books! 


It’s a hilarious story about a king holding court all day in the bathtub. A Cowboy Christmas is a touching tale of friendship and Christmas from the perspective of a fatherless boy.

Elbert’s Bad Word, Alphabet Rescue and about 50 more including The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear. The Napping House is a book you must own. It’s amazing. 

From The Napping House Google preview,”There is a house, a napping house, where everyone is sleeping . . .” Have an Audrey Wood Book week! Read as many of Audrey Wood’s books from your local library.

Try the activities on her website with her husband, Don Wood. Notice how many of her books her husband, Don Wood, illustrates.  What book illustrations do you like best?

See if you can notice similarities in her books.  Now, write Audrey Wood a letter (or email) telling her a favorite book and why it’s a favorite. 

See if she writes you back.  I bet that she will. Visit Audrey Wood’s blog.

Imagination Soup can help you find good children’s books. 

Discover Children’s Books by Age. Start with board books for 0 and 1 year olds. Then find preschool books and books for Kindergarten Reading.

Next, get the best recommendations for chapter books for first graders on the 1st Grade book list.

Hopefully, by age 7, kids are ready for 2nd Grade Books aka. Second Grade Books.

Ages 8 is Third Grade Reading Chapter Books or 3rd grade reading books.

Find 4th Grade books if you need 4th Grade Reading ideas.

Discover the Best Books for 5th Graders on the Fifth Grade Books list. Books for 5th Graders generally work for age 10.

If your kids are ages 11 and 12, go to the 6th grade reading list. On this list, you’ll find 6th Grade Reading recommendations that they’ll love.

7th grade books are for kids around age 12 in middle school. You’ll turn 13 in 8th grade. Find good chapter books for teens and good nonfiction books for teens.


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  1. Looks like some great titles here for Christmas gifts, Melissa. Thanks for helping us find these special talented folks to share with our youngsters! Happy holidays to you too!

  2. King Bidgood…is A and H’s favorite. I haven’t heard of A Cowboy Christmas…will have to look for it!

  3. Another great writeup from Imagination Soup! My girls just loved Audrey Wood’s books. In fact, two days ago my 16-year-old was going through old books and found The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry… book – written in Spanish!