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Best of 2011: Picture Books, Fiction and Non-fiction

These books have been recognized by either winning awards (such as Caldecott or Newberry Honor) or have multiple starred reviews from leading literature journals (such as Horn Book, Book List, School Library Journal, and Library Journal) in the year 2011.



Princess Palooza by Joy Allen

No Sleep for the Sheep by Karen Beaumont

Woof Meow Tweet-Tweet by Cecile Boyer

The Wheels on the Bus by Jane Cabrera

Princess Peppers Picks a Pet by Pam Calvert

Naamah and the Ark at Night by Susan Campbell

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle

Tom Thumb by Eric Carle

The Money We’ll Save by Brock Cole

The Neighborhood Sing Along by Nina Crews

Mine! By Shutta Crum

Ants in your Pants, Worms in your Plants (Gilbert Goes Green) by Dianne DeGroat

Llama Llama Home with Mama Anna Dewdney

Mitchell’s License by Hallie Durand

Rrralph by Lois Ehlert

Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five by Valorie Fisher

Shout!  Shout it Out! By Denise Fleming

My Name is Not Alexander by Jennifer Fosberry

I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs

Blue Cameleon by Emily Gravett

Three by the Sea by Mini Grey

Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Summer Jackson Grows Up by Teresa Harris

Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes

Dot by Patricia Intriago

Betty Bunny Loves Cake by Michael B. Kaplan

Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

E-Mergency by Tom Lichtenheld

The Croaky Poaky by Ethan Long

Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred by Rafael Lopez

Happy Birthday Hamster by Cynthia Lord

Before You Came by Patricia MacLachlan

Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk

Waddles by David McPhail

See Me Run by Paul Meisel

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/ Marisol McDonald no combina by Monica Brown

Buglette the Messy Sleeper by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Sea of Dreams by Dennis Nolan

Pretend by Jennifer Plecas

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann

Subway Story by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Blackout by John Rocco

Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip by Cynthia Rylant

Baby Badger’s Wonderful Night by Karen Saunders

Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider

Bumble-Ardy by Maurice Sendak

I’m a Shark by Bob Shea

Library Lily by Gillian Shields

We Love Our School:  A Read-Together Rebus Story by Judy Sierra

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

The Sunflower Sword by Mark Sperring

Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson

Migrant by Maxine Trottier

Press Here by Herve Tullet

The Loud Book! By Deborah Underwood

Fuddles by Frans Vischer

Along a Long Road by Frank Viva

Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator! by Mo Willems

I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems

Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson

The Day Tiger Rose said Goodbye by Jane Yolen

Zoomer’s Summer Snowstorm by Ned Young

The Twin’s Blanket by Hyewon Yum



Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston


Pocketful of Posies:  A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

Emma Dilemma:  Big Sister Poems by Kristine O’Connell George

Moo, Moo, Brown Cow, Have you any Milk? By Phyllis Gershator

This is the Game by Diane Z. Shore

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman

WARDLAW, Lee. Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku



Dream Something Big:  The Story of the Watts Tower by Dianna Hutts Aston

Mouse & Lion by Rand Burkert

Jack and the Beanstalk by Nina Crews

Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World by Allan Drummond

Rapunzel by Wilhelm Grimm (illus. by Sarah Gibb)

Mother Goose Picture Puzzles by Will Hillenbrand

WE are America:  Tribute from the Heart by Walter Dean Myers

Orani:  My Father’s Village by Claire A. Nivola

Swirl by Swirl:  Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman

Balloons Over Broadway:  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

Meadowlands:  A Wetland Survival by Thomas F. Yezerski

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