Tuesday, January 3, 2012

10 Favorites for Little Readers from 2011

1. Cloudette, written and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, Christy Ottaviano Books, $16.99, ages 3 and up, 40 pages. A little cloud wishes she could do big, important cloud things, like pour rain to make a water fall off a cliff. So she floats off in search of greatness, only to discover that she doesn't have to be a giant cloud to make a difference.

2. Hugs from Pearl, by Paul Schmid, Harper, 2011, $14.99, ages 3-7, 40 pages. Pearl the porcupine loves to hug, but her classmates get poked when she draws them in. So Pearl tries to soften her quills, only to find they're as prickly as ever. Could there be a way around these spiny hairs?
3. Mine!, by Shutta Crum, pictures by Patrice Barton, Alfred A. Knopf, $16.99, ages 1 and up, 32 pages. A toddler's emotions bubble over when her baby sister grabs her stuffed bunny and throws it across the room into the puppy bowl. But then the puppy pounces on it and shakes it wildly in his mouth, and even the toddler can't help but giggle. Soon the two little girls are piling all of big sister's toys into the dog bowl to see what happens, in this joyful book about learning to share.

4. Caveman: A B.C. Story, by Janee Trasler, Sterling, $14.95, ages 3-5, 32 pages. A shaggy caveman runs hurry-scurry across the page chasing things, being chased and freeing an ice-bound pet, in this hilarious spin on the ABCs. Single words for each letter of the alphabet guide this marvelously clever tale.

5. Fortune Cookies, by Albert Bitterman, art by Chris Raschka, Beach Lane Books, $14.99, ages 2-5, 28 pages. A box arrives with a week's supply of fortune cookies for a little girl, and each day a saying helps her see life from the sunny side, in this disarmingly sweet pull-tab book.

6. I Spy With My Little Eye, by Edward Gibbs, Templar, $14.99, ages 2-5, 32 pages. Creatures from whales to frogs peer with one eye through a porthole and give simple clues to who they are, in this charming book of cutouts.

7. Ten Little Caterpillars, by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Lois Ehlert, Beach Lane Books, $17.99, ages 2-6, 40 pages. Caterpillars nibble plants as they ready for metamorphosis, in this enchanting nature book that gently shows the perils of life too.

8. Splish-Splash, by Nicola Smee, Boxer Books, $16.95, ages 2-5, 32 pages. Mr. Horse and his farmyard friends tumble out of a rowboat into the deep blue sea, but have so much fun riding back to shore on horse's back, they want to do it all over again.
9. Love Waves, by Rosemary Wells, Candlewick, $15.99, ages 3-7, 32 pages. Ribbons of love drift across the sky from Mommy and Daddy to Little Bunny in this sweet, reassuring tale for any child who has to spend time away from a parent.

10. Your Moon, My Moon: A Grandmother's Words to a Faraway Child, by Patrician MacLachlan, illustrated by Bryan Collier, Simon & Schuster, ages 4-8, $16.99. As a grandmother flies half-way across the world to see her grandchild, she thinks of all the ways they're connected, including how they share the same moon.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for including my book, MINE! So nice to see it here. Shutta