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.
Enjoy picture books with your children — and each of the books below has a recipe that goes along with the story:
It’s breakfast time. Enjoy classics like the wordless picture book Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomi DePaola and Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle with your child. Then head to the kitchen to cook up some delicious pancakes.
Next up you may want to have noodles for lunch or supper, so read The Story of Noodles by Ying Chang Compestime and head to the kitchen to make Long-Life Noodles. “It is the custom in China to make big slurping noises while eating noodles. It is believed that the louder the noise, the more delicious the noodles.” Don’t forget to make sure that you and your child are “eating a drumstick,” “sucking a worm” and “cutting the grass.” Continue reading “Let’s have a feast for 10!”
Bill Martin Jr. and Lois Ehlert team up to make a wonderful read aloud about nature and counting. Where will these ten little caterpillars venture to in the garden of life and what will happen to them?
Caveman, A B.C. Story by Janee Trasler
Experience adventure, humor, and friendship all while learning your ABC’s. This book has fun illustrations and an actual storyline to entertain you and your little one.
Pete the Cat is back and he is going to school! Follow Pete as he takes on new experiences, like going to the library for the first time, riding the bus, or eating at the cafeteria. All these things could be pretty scary but “does Pete worry? Goodness, no!” Pete’s so cool he has his own song. Check it out along with the book.
Looking for ways to keep up on the latest in children’s literature? Here are five of our favorite blogs that can help you with that:
This blog by three dads highlights books that show fatherhood in a positive light. Book Dads includes book reviews, spotlights authors and interviews, gives advice and resources for dads to help promote reading to their children, and provides parenting resources for dads
Abby the Librarian
On this blog you’ll find library programs, book reviews, details of what a children’s librarian does all day, and Abby’s thoughts about librarianship and anything book- or library-related.
Jen Robinson’s Book Page
This blog helps people encourage children to love books, through book reviews, literacy news and a bi-weekly Growing Bookworms email newsletter.
Six Boxes of Books
Three sisters (Wendy, Laurie and Kathleen) talk about books. Wendy is a nurse in Seattle. Laurie is a middle school librarian in Seattle. Kathleen works in an elementary school in Portland.
Five Great Books
Anastasia Suen, author of 129 books for children and adults, a literacy blogger, and a former teacher (to name just a few of her many talents) writes this blog that lists great books for children beginning to read.