11 Favorite Picture Books of 2011

After my friend KK's comment on my "11 Favorites" post, I thought it would be fun to list my 11 favorite picture books of 2011. 

I mentioned in the first list that (1.) Say Hello to Zorro! is my personal favorite because of my crazy love for pugs; author/illustrator Carter Goodrich perfectly depicts the pug personality and charm in this delightful book. (Side note:  Have you seen the story about pug pals Franky & Elly? Elly is blind and Franky is her seeing-eye dog!  A must read for dog lovers.) 

Here are ten more picture book standouts of the year: 

2.  I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Hilarious, original picture book with delightful illustrations and a sardonic twist at the end.  

3.  Me ... Jane by Patrick McDaniel
This endearing look at the young Jane Goodall complete with photographs and drawings from her childhood is a true gem. 

4.  Press Here by Herve Tullet
Creative, interactive picture book that is a delight for all ages.

5. Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo
I am a lifelong Hepburn fan and this picture book is a wonderful tribute to the lovely star.   The author and illustrator get Audrey just right!

6.  Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan
The bold, crisp artwork in this book beautifully highlights the beauty of the night.  A delightful bedtime book.

7.  The Twins' Blanket by Hyewon Yum
A charming look at siblings and sharing set off by highly appealing mixed-media artwork. 

8. Blackout by John Rocco
A clever look at life "off the grid" by outstanding artist John Rocco.

9.  Coral Reefs by Jason Chin
I like Jason Chin's creative take on the information book.  This one particularly stole my heart since it started in the New York Public Library!    

10.  The House Baba Built by Ed Young
The House Baba Built is a unique, memorable look at the childhood home of incredibly talented Ed Young.  A brilliant showcase of artistic styles and methods.     

11. Stars by Mary Lyn Ray
Marla Frazee is my favorite illustrator, and I can't help but love everything she does!    


  1. Great choices, Jill! No Grandpa Green? Interesting since it seems every Mock Caldecott has it on their lists. I like that we are friends, too!
    Happy, happy new year and see you soon,

  2. I love that story of Franky and Ellie - so sweet!

  3. Hey, KK. I did really like GRANDPA GREEN and won't be surprised if it makes a Caldecott showing. The artwork is fabulous. One thing I wonder about with that one is the audience... have you shared it with kids? I'd love to know what they think of it. Happy 2012, my friend! Can't wait to see you at Midwinter!

  4. Thanks for the comment, Amy. Isn't that the sweetest story? I sent an email hoping to adopt them, but of course, they had already found a home. :)



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