Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Children's Books in 2011 - What We've Liked, What We Want to Read

It's hard to believe that we've almost reached the halfway mark of 2011. As far as picture book go, we've had the opportunity to read a few new releases. It's always hard to pick favorites, but here are a few that come to mind:

Last week we reviewed Perfect Square, a really neat concept book by Michael Hall that provides the perfect inspiration for a creative art project. The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha Vamos, illustrated by Rafael Lopez is another favorite because it introduces beginning Spanish words in a fun way. (F.Y.I. -Illustrator Rafael Lopez is the designer behind this year's “One World Many Stories” Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) poster.) Every year we look forward to Wisconsin author/illustrator Kevin Henkes' new releases. As usual, his adorable spring picture book Little White Rabbit did not disappoint.

One board book of note this year is Rocket Town by Bob Logan. Logan's illustrations are out-of-this world! Also, Joan Holub's fun Lift-the-Flap What Does Cow Say? with colorful illustrations by Jannie Ho would make a wonderful baby gift. Look for a review and giveaway of that book soon here on Brimful Curiosities.

I keep a journal nearby my computer to write down titles I hope to read with my children. Of course our "want-to-read" list increases every day. Here are a few 2011 titles on our list, in no particular order:

The Secret Box by Barbara Lehman
RRRalph by Lois Ehlert
Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell
I'm a Shark by Bob Shea
The Secret River by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, illustrated by Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon
Tumford The Terrible by Nancy Tillman
The Red Wagon by Renata Liwska
Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends by Aaron Zenz
Chamelia by Ethan Long
Follow Me by Tricia Tusa
Ice by Arthur Geisert
Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo Willems
Press Here! by Hervé Tullet, illustrated by Christopher Franceschelli
Clink by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Matthew Myers
Grandmas' Wedding Album by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Karla Gudeon
Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by Jacky Davis and David Soman
A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid
You're Finally Here! by Mélanie Watt
Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg
Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators by Jim Arnosky
Grandpa's Tractor by Michael Garland
Bee & Bird by Craig Frazier
I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
Where's Walrus? by Stephen A. Savage
Cars Galore by Peter Stein
That's How! by Christoph Niemann
Wow! Ocean! by Robert Neubecker
My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer, illustrated by Jules Feiffer
Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Nancy Doniger

Middle Grade and Up
Junonia by Kevin Henkes
True (. . . Sort Of) by Katherine Hannigan
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
Bless This Mouse by Lois Lowry
Wild Wings by Gill Lewis, illustrated by Yuta Onoda

Upcoming releases that caught my eye:
Mine by Shutta Crum, illustrated by Patrice Barton
Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly, illustrated by Stephen Michael King
Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo
Follow the Line to School by Laura Ljungkvist
Teach Your Buffalo to Play Drums by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Daniel Jennewein
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman

What 2011 children's books stand out in your mind? Let me know so I can add them to our list!


Adam and Andrew said...

I'm biased, but keep an eye out for The Familiars: Secrets of the Crown coming September of 2011!

Julie said...

We have Little White Rabbit and are really enjoying it. Lots of good books on this list! I may have to print it out and bring it to my library next time we go!