I am doing a talk on early literacy for my son's school this evening. I put together a list of books for vehicle-loving kids on the auggie bloggie, and I am adding in a partial list of authors and illustrators here as a reference.
Here are more authors and illustrators that we like.
The laundry list (I'll add in links when I can):
Early Concept Books
Illustration & General Greatness
Tove Jansson: Who Will Comfort Toffle and others. She also has a series for older readers
Richard Scarry: I am a Bunny is one of our favourites along with all the Busytowns
Peter McCarty: Henry in Love
Ruth Krauss: The Happy Day is one of my favourites
Paul & Ann Rand
Alice & Martin Provenson
Fun to read together
Antoinette Portis: Not a Box
Rotraut Susanne Berner: In the Town Year Round
Valeri Gorbachev: Squirell's World is an almost perfect book to read together