BookPage’s Best Children’s Books of 2011

BookPage has announced their picks for Best Children’s Books of the Year.   Their list spans from picture books through young adult reads.  Many of my personal favorites are on the list.  Here are the titles:

Picture Books


Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet (my review)

Blackout by John Rocco (my review)

Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman (my review)


Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Katherine Paterson (my review)

Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld (my review)

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith (my review)


I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (my review)

Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell (my review)

Stars by Mary Lyn Ray

Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman

Middle Grades


The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine (my review)

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (my review)

Drawing From Memory by Allen Say (my review)


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Hidden by Helen Frost

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (my review)

Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (my review)

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (my review)


Young Adult


All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin (my review)

Badd by Tim Tharp

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (my review)

Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones


Chime by Franny Billingsley (my review)

The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler


Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet

Trapped by Michael Northrop

What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay by Amanda Cockrell

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