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Quick Songs to Help Teach the Jobs of Author and Illustrator


One of the concepts I want students to understand is the jobs of the author and illustrator. There are a few reasons behind this:

  • Learning the jobs helps children identify and relate to the real people behind books.

  • As we read and explore together and I talk about specific authors and illustrators, it's important they understand what these folks are doing.

  • They should understand the difference between the jobs.

  • I want them to understand what I mean when I refer to them as authors and illustrators during the day.

Many years ago, I worked with a lovely kindergarten teacher who taught me these songs. I'm not sure if she made them up or learned them from someone else. In any event, here they are:


Author Song (sung to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)

The author writes the words

The author writes the words

Every time you read a book

The author wr