Favourite Read-Alouds and Picture Books 2011

Being a children’s programmer in a public library, means reading through many picture books to find the perfect one to share at story time. The list below are books I discovered and loved in 2011, or ones I loved to share with the families who attended story times this past year….
So funny, it worked well with preschoolers, but the school-agers LOVED it! I love Oliver Jeffers (just saying)
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
My favourite book to share this year, we had to buy 4 extra copies for the library because of the waiting list.
A Book of Sleep
Simple, sweet, quiet, and the illustrations are lovely. 
The Thingamabob
Same author and illustrator as the book above. There is something about this authors style that I’m drawn to.
Too Many Pears
Pamela the cow eats Too Many Pears!!! The kids always laugh at the end…. parents too!
What, Cried Granny (Pix & Pax No 1)
There has never been a more resourceful grandmother. 
This one makes me laugh and I love doing the granny voice when I read.
Perfect Square
Loved the story, the illustrations and the concept…soo many possibilities!
Picture a Tree
Barbara Reid is very talented. The detail in the pictures is incredible. 
I shared this in story time and it worked, but it would be really perfect to share one on one so that the complexity of the pictures can be appreciated.
The dragon in the story makes me smile, I’ve been pairing it with the Paper Bag Princess.
The Scar
Last but not least is this one called The Scar. Not one I would share in story time but it’s so incredible I had to list it. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and  I have never read a book dealing with death that is more raw, or emotional than this one. Finally a book that really gets to the heart of the matter, and doesn’t gloss over or shy away from the devastation losing a parent can cause. Even with the subject matter when it does end, you’re left feeling sad but hopeful. HIGHLY recommended.
Programs are set to start in a week at the library and I look forward to sharing many more stories. 
What have been your favourites of the year?

One Comment

  1. Anonymous
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 21:06:49

    I love reading A Book of Sleep at the end of my evening storytimes, and will definitely be taking it to a number of baby showers in 2012. However, my absolute favourite book from 2011 has to be Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back. The illustrations are fantastic, the story makes me laugh everytime, and while it may not work with a younger audience, I think it will be a great read for class visits.


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