There have been so many wonderful picture books published in 2011 it is hard to make a list shorter than 20! I have compromised and made a list of 8 and also added links to two sites that have done an excellent job of reviewing their best picture book choices for 2011.
Enjoy reading with your children and inspiring them, too!
Me– Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Here is a picture book story of the early life of Jane Goodall. Her love of Africa and animals began at a very young age. This book has charming illustrations.
No Two Alike by Keith Baker
Can any two things be alike? Snowflakes, birds, trees? Read this story and ponder this question. The rhyming text begs to be read aloud.
Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan
Make sure to take time in your day to sing a song with your child. This book has the CD included in case you are like me and can’t carry a tune. It is a rendition of the Bob Dylan song Blowin’ in the Wind illustrated by Jon Muth (author/illustrator of Zen Shorts). How can you not pick it up and begin to sing. You are probably already humming the tune as you read this.
Tony Baloney by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Oh, the middle child blues. Tony Baloney is the one in the middle and children and parents alike will identify with this truer than true rendition of family life—even in a family of penguins!
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Taylor
You know the song. The only other thing you need to know is that the book is illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. This is just the right book for bedtime.
Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed by Eileen Christelow
In case “Twinkle, Twinkle” did not put your kids to sleep here is more bedtime fun. If you thought the five little monkeys were still jumping on the bed—rush out and get this book and see these famous monkeys reading books in bed. A book to touch the heart of every children’s librarian—and every parent too.
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray
Stars twinkle in this story too—do you want them in the sky or in your pocket? Look up with wonder and consider the world of stars.
I Want My Hat Back by J. Klassen
Oh we have all been there—looking for something that we are missing. Bear is so polite in trying to find his hat. He has a sudden eureka moment and remembers where he has seen his hat—there is some clever (some would say violent) humor at the end of this story. I wonder what you will think about it.
Are you hungry for more lists of great picture books of 2011? Maybe these two links below will fill you up for today. They are both wonderful and thoughtful listings of more picture books of 2011. Whether you buy them as a gift or check them out from the Library you are sure to enjoy the picture books published in 2011.
- The Atlantic: From ‘Brothers Grimm’ to ‘Stuck,’ the 11 Best Picture Books of 2011
- The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2011: