Yesterday, I posted 15 picture books that were special to me. Standouts in many ways. Today, I take it one step further. Out of all the picture books I read, here are my top ten.
by John Rocco - I fell in love with the book trailer, the illustrations and the story. This had it all for me.
#9 Can We Save the Tiger?
by Martin Jenkins, Illustrated by Vicky White - Incredible illustrations paired with facts about endangered animals. A must have book for any library collection.
#8 Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
by Lee Wardlaw, Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin - I am not a big fan of poetry of any kind. But I am growing in my appreciation the more that I read. When a book of haiku sticks with me for the whole year, it deserves to be on my top 10 list.
#7 Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
by Kadir Nelson - Anyone who knows me knows that I love Kadir Nelson's work. This is a beautiful story of history and people. And the audiobook is a must listen.
#6 Perfect Square
by Michael Hall - Some books are simple but incredibly executed. A square of paper is transformed over the course of the week. Filled with great concepts and a favorite of young students at my school.
#5 Balloons Over Broadway
by Melissa Sweet - Illustrations and text that work together to tell the story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade. A non-fiction picture book at it's best. This one has affected so many and needs to be shared.
by Patrick McDonnell - Combination
of beautiful illustrations and solid text that simply tells the story
of the life of Jane Goodall for young children. This one is a winner
#3 Little Chicken's Big Day
by Jerry Davis, Illustrated by Katie Davis - I fell in love with the book trailer and then the book. I want to give this book to every parent with a toddler. I wonder if I can talk Katie Davis into a print of Little Chicken fussing in his car seat. "I hear you cluckin' Big Chicken.." will bring a smile to my face every time.
by Brian Selznik - Brilliant. Truly one of the most amazing books that I have read this year. One character's story is told in pictures and the other one in words. Let me say it again "brilliant".
by Mary Lyn Ray, Illustrated by Marla Frazee - Last year, I picked up CHALK
by Bill Thomson and it was really my book. The one that touched me more than all others. This year when I opened up STARS
, I knew without a doubt that I had found my picture book of 2011.
So what picture book touched you this year?
*Thank you Alethea (@frootjoos) for the picture book image at the top.