What were your favorite picture books of 2011? I would love to hear about them, and as always there are far too many to decide which is the best. There were a few that come to mind that you may want to check out from your local library. The first is "If You Give a Dog a Donut" by Laura Numeroff.
Fans of the "If You Give" series will love this latest installment. Bright, clear colors illustrate this circular story of the chain of events that are triggered if you give a dog a donut. Cute dog!
An interesting picture book that came out last year is "I Want My Hat Back" by Jon Klassen. I love the droll illustrations in this book - especially those eyes!
Kids and adults will enjoy this humorous story of a bear looking for his hat by going from animal to animal asking if anyone has seen it. Of course no one has seen his hat (some don't evenknow that a hat is!). Bear is forever polite despite his growing consternation.
The 2011 Jerry Pinkney book is absolutely lovely. "Twinkle Twinkle LIttle Star" is great because of it's beautiful illustrations by well-known illustrator Jerry Pinkney. His style is always incredibly detailed, colorful and magical.
The lyrics to "Twinkle Twinkle" serve to direct the actions of a cute chipmunk who flies off on an adventure.
Finally, the surprise hit of the 2011 picture books is "Press Here" by Herve Tullet.
You and your child will enjoy using your imagination to make this book work. You will marvel at how a low-tech book can seemingly do so many things simply by "pressing" on the yellow dot. Lots of fun.
What other books can we add to the list of greats of 2011?