Richard Scarry was one of children’s literature’s most loved author and illustrator with his charming characters and detailed illustrations.
A quick look at his biography and publication list really blew me away; I didn’t realize how many books he’d actually written and illustrated. I just love the detailed and human expressions of his characters as well as the timeless setting in illustrations like these.
We’ve been “reading” Cars and Trucks and Things That Go with our toddler, and he really enjoys simply studying the illustrations. The mark of a great children’s author & illustrator is how much a child can quickly engage. Finding Goldbug is one of our favorite activities as well as laughing at the silly and whimsical cars like: pickle cars, pencil cars, and dump trucks with faces. If you haven’t introduced your children or students to Richard Scarry, I’d highly recommend this book!
Here are a few of his most popular books that are in our shopping cart. It seems that some of his older books are either out of print or difficult to find; but, there are certainly enough available on Amazon:
I’ve found a few of the cartoon adaptions on Netflix: The Busytown Mysteries & The Busy World of Richard Scarry – Both cartoons are enjoyed by my toddler and I for many reasons, but I think it’s important how Scarry really illustrated various cultures and their characteristics. The Busy World is fun because they really do explore many countries and cultures while having fun adventures.
What’s your favorite Richard Scarry book?