Here goes - Part I (in no particular order):
You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown - This one inspired my kindergarten teachers to dress as Lucille Beatrice Bear for Halloween. It is that good.
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers - Is there anyone who doesn't love an Oliver Jeffers' book?
Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat by Philip C. Stead - Wonderful text and beautifully illustrated.
Over and Under by Kate Messner, Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal - Messner had a banner year and this was one of my favorites. A beautiful look at the world in the wintertime.
Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage - A wordless picture book that will have children searching for the walrus who has escaped from the zoo.
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld - A sweet story about a little cloud who learns that she can make a big difference.
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen - I couldn't leave this one off my list. It inspired great discussion and much fun. #teambear for me
A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt De La Pena, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson - De La Pena and Nelson need I say more.
A Dog is A Dog by Stephen Shaskan - One of those fun books that makes you giggle or smile as you read it and the concept is well executed. A dog is a dog, yes? Turn the pages to see.
A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid - This is one of those "makes me smile" books. Petunia wants a pet. Yes, a pet skunk. Or does she?!
Just a Second by Steve Jenkins - Love the way that Jenkins leads the reader through the concept of time in this non-fiction picture book.
Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio, Illustrated by Scott Campbell - There was no way I could leave this one off my list. I love Mortimer and Mildred.
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidham, Illustrated by Beth Krommes - Poems, nature, and amazing illustrations. Definitely a gift book.
Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown, Illustrated by Julie Paschkis - This one holds a special place in my memories from this past year. I paired this up with The Dreamer by Pamela Munoz Ryan. Students loved it.
Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map by Sue Macy, Illustrated by Matt Collins - This book made me feel like I was transported back in time and had a chance to witness the first women's college basketball game.
Stay tune for Favorite Picture Books of 2011, Part II - The 10 that are my must haves.
*Many thanks to Alethea (@frootjoos) for designing the image for the post.