Top Reads of 2011

Here are my favorite books of the year broken into categories:


11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill

Blackout by John Rocco

Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman

Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Katherine Paterson

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea

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

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently

Mirror by Jeannie Baker

My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer

Neville by Norton Juster

No One But You by Douglas Wood

Press Here by Herve Tullet

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Subway Story by Julia Sarcone-Roach



Around the World by Matt Phelan

Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

Drawing from Memory by Allen Say

Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman

If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche



Addie on the Inside by James Howe

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Junonia by Kevin Henkes

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis

Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck

The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick



Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

Amplified by Tara Kelly

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Chime by Franny Billingsley

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Island’s End by Padma Venkatraman

Legend by Marie Lu

Lost and Found by Shaun Tan

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan

White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Christmas in Children’s Books–A Quiz!


The Guardian has a quiz about Christmas in children’s books!  The answers for some are easy, others had me pondering, and still others were utter guesses. 

I managed a 9 out of 10, though I’m not sure how.  My guesses must have paid off!

How will you do?

Hunger Games READ Poster!

Librarians will want to add to their READ poster collections when they see the new Hunger Games poster and bookmarks.  Perfect for teen areas everywhere!