Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead have created three picture books together: A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Roaring Brook Press, 2010), Bear Has a Story to Tell (Roaring Brook Press, 2012), and Lenny & Lucy (Roaring Brook Press, 2015). Philip C. Stead wrote all three (he has also illustrated his own picture books), and Erin E. Stead illustrated all three (she has also illustrated books by someone other than Philip).
In A Sick Day for Amos McGee, Amos, a kindly zookeeper, catches a cold and his friends from the zoo – Elephant, Tortoise, Penguin, Rhinoceros, and Owl – visit him and help him feel better.
In Bear Has a Tells a Story to Tell, Bear wants to share a story with his friends – Mouse, Duck, Frog and Mole – but they are all either hibernating or migrating for the winter; when everyone awakes up in spring, Bear has forgotten his story, but his friends help him tell it.
In Lenny & Lucy, Peter, his dad, and his dog, Harold, move next to a dark, foreboding woods. Out of pillows and blankets, Peter makes Lenny to sit outside and guard them, but Peter fears Lenny is lonely, so he then makes Lucy out of leaves and blankets. The following day, Peter, Harold, Lenny and Lucy, meet Millie, their neighbor.
All three of these books are about friendship and all three have a quiet rhythm to the stories, which is matched by Erin E Stead’s understated and exquisite illustrations.