Top 10 Picture Books of 2011

This took longer than expected. As I mentioned in my last post, selections this year were hard. In addition, I discovered I needed to segregate picture books for little kids (babies, toddlers, preschoolers) from those for school-age children. While some books could overlap between the two age groups, there was no way for me to compile a fair list if I lumped them all into one group. For books where I couldn’t find an age listing, I put them where I felt they fit best. I’ll start off with my Top 10 for the youngest category and then list the Top 10 in the older category.

Top 10 Picture Books for Preschoolers and under

  • Ricky’s Christmas Tree by Guido van Genechten
  • A Cat’s Alphabet Book by Sally O. Lee
  • My Daddy by Guido van Genechten
  • Going to the Beach with Lily and Milo and Going to the Zoo with Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud (I reviewed these together, so I am counting them as one.)
  • One Little Blueberry by Tammi Salzano
  • Oops! by Leo Timmers
  • 1-2-3- Count with Me and A is for Apple by Georgie Burkett (Again, I reviewed these together and count them as one.)
  • Ricky is Brave by Guido van Genechten
  • Thankyouplease by Pierre Winters and Barbara Ortelli
  • Ian’s New Potty by Pauline Oud

There are repeat names on this list, but I felt these authors and publishers truly knew how to create books attractive to this market.

Top 10 Books of 2011 for Ages 3 and up

  • A Dog is A Dog by Stephen Shaskan
  • My Mom Has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAllister
  • Will & Kate: A Love Story by Ink Robin
  • Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner
  • The Butt Book by Artie Bennett
  • Not Fat Because I Wanna Be by LaNiyah Bailey
  • The Dancing Clock by Steve Metzger
  • Humbug, A Christmas Carol by Lee Baker
  • My Name is Not Alexander by Jennifer Fosberry
  • Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose

Honorable Mentions

  • A Christmas Secret by Candace Hall
  • Frederico, The Mouse Violinist by Mayra Calvani
  • The Ice Cream King by Steve Metzger
  • Marta’s Gargantuan Wings by J. Aday Kennedy
  • Every-Day Dress-Up by Selina Alko
  • Freckleface Strawberry Best Friends Forever by Julianne Moore
  • Limelight Larry by Leigh Hodgkinson
  • Don’t Worry Douglas! by David Melling
  • Cinderfella and the Furry Godmother by Dixie Phillips
  • Tumbleweed Christmas by Beverly Stowe McClure
  • Secret Service Saint by Janet Ann Collins
  • Seven Miles to Freedom by Janet Halfmann 

Humbug A Christmas Carol by Lee Baker

A tale of Christmas joy working its magic in a small town that has long since grown cold is what you’ll find in Humbug A Christmas Carol.

Mimi arrives in the small frozen town of Winterton where the neighbors don’t speak to each other and the people have all gone cold inside. Christmas hasn’t come in so long, no one remembers it. But Mimi and her Humbug are determined to spread warmth and to bring the reindeer and Santa back to town.

Lee Baker has created a unique magical tale of the season that will delight every member of your family. Mimi has been passed along from orphanage to orphanage, the latest being the one run by Mrs. Sleet in Winterton. While the people here seem strange, Mimi is not going to be deterred from trying to make new friends. Mimi is a wonderful character that will charm young readers, as she reaches out to the cold-hearted people of the town.

With Stephen Sobisky, the CEO of Sandman Studios, working as the Creative Director, and Kienan Lafferty, an artist at Sandman Studios, providing the illustrations, you can imagine the artwork in Humbug A Christmas Carol is stunning. It’s truly like out of a movie. There’s even a Foreword from Ebenezer Scrooge.

Humbug A Christmas Carol is destined to become a classic seasonal tale that readers enjoy time and again. I highly recommend it.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Brigham Distributing
  • ISBN-10:0615338399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615338392
  • SRP:  $15.95

I received a FREE copy of this book from the author’s publicist in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for this review.


This is an additional title I read for The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge. To see my original list visit here. I have now read 5 books for this challenge.