Children's Books from Jory John

Book covers scattered on a bright red background, featuring illustrations of a school bus, a  bear holding a fishing pole, a blue dinosaur, and more!Jory John's award-winning books have brought smiles to the faces of all kinds of readers!  The staff at Brilliant Books recently enjoyed passing around his recent release Cat Problems, which was absolutely hilarious (and wonderfully illustrated by the amazing Lane Smith).

Jory John's books tend to be a wonderful mix of hilarious and heartfelt, and are a great way to start conversations with kids about topics from friendship to school to self-care.  He's written a number of best-selling titles and has won a number of state awards—visit his website to learn more.

Today we're highlighting a few of our favorite children's books from Jory John—but if children's books aren't quite your thing, check out All My Friends Are Dead, a collaboration between Jory John and Avery Monson that examines objects and beings that are the last of their kind (from dinosaurs to unpaired socks).  But if children's books are your thing, this is the list for you!  We hope you enjoy these adorable (and hilarious) books: we certainly do!


 

Food Group, with illustrator Pete Oswold

In these illustrated stories, John Jory and Pete Oswold create a world of incredibly memorable characters.  You'll meet very good eggs, very bad seeds, and everything in between!  These various adventures examine friendship, acceptance, and what it really means to be good, bad, or cool.

Book cover: The Good Egg by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald Book cover: The Bad Seed by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald Book cover: The Cool Bean by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald Book cover: The Couch Potato by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald Book cover: The Smart Cookie by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald Book cover: The Good Egg Presents: The Great Egg-scape by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald Book cover: The Bad Seed Presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald


 

Animal Problems, with illustrator Lane Smith

It's not just people who have problems!  In the Animal Problems collection, John and Smith lend a voice to all sorts of animals with their own problems, from scary predators to embarrassingly long necks to warm spots of sunlight that just won't stay put.

Book cover: Cat Problems by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith Book cover: Giraffe Problems by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith Book cover: Penguin Problems by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith


 

The Terrible Two, with Mac Barnett and illustrator Kevin Cornell

In this hilarious series, two authors and an illustrator come together to bring to life two master pranksters: Miles and Niles.  These books examine the power of pranks—and friendship.

Book cover: The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Kornell Book cover: The Terrible Two Get Worse by Jory John and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Kornell Book cover: The Terrible Two Go Wild by Jory John and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Kornell Book cover: The Terrible Two's Last Laugh by Jory John and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Kornell


 

Bear and Duck, with illustrator Benji Davies

This charming collection centers on two very different neighbors.  Bear is an introverted homebody, while Duck is an excitable people-person (animal-animal?).  What could happen?

Book cover: Goodnight, Already! by Jory John, illustrated by Benji Davies Book cover: Come Home, Already! by Jory John, illustrated by Benji Davies Book cover: All Right, Already!: A Snowy Story by Jory John, illustrated by Benji Davies Book cover: I Love You Already! by Jory John, illustrated by Benji Davies


 

A Few More of Our Favorites:

Book cover: It's Not My Fault by Jory John, illustrated by Jared Chapman Book cover: That's What Dinosaurs Do by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald Book cover: First Day Critter Jitters by Jory John, illustrated by Liz Climo Book cover: Something's Wrong!: A Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear by Jory John, illustrated by Eric Kraan

 
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