One of my favorite children's writers is Patricia Polacco. She has written and illustrated more than 90 children picture books. Her grandparents were immigrants to America from Russia. She has written a recent book that tells their story, The Blessing Cup. Polacco did not begin writing until she was forty. She has overcome obstacles because she suffers from dyslexia and other related learning difficulties.
Polacco's tells wonderful stories of family, tradition, and virtue. Her wonderful stories are matched with beautiful watercolor drawings. She has a very distinctive style. I enjoy reading her stories over and over and reading them to kids.
She recently was interviewed on NPR. See the link below for access to the interview.