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 

Ian’s New Potty by Pauline Oud

From the author/illustrator of Going to the Beach with Lily and Milo comes an encouraging book to help make potty training easier.

Ian is a big boy now. His mom buys him a new potty and big boy underpants. Ian is eager to use his new potty, but the pee doesn’t come right away. He runs off to play and soon feels a funny feeling in his tummy. The floor and his new boy underpants get all wet. At dinner time he gets that funny feeling in his tummy again. Maybe this is his chance to use his new potty.

Ian’s New Potty by Pauline Oud is definitely a book you’ll want around if you’re planning to get your child ready to transition out of diapers. With simple language Ian’s story will encourage your youngster and let him know what he’s feeling and doing is okay. He’ll see the excitement on Ian’s face as he gets to use his new potty for the first time and helps Mommy clean up afterwards.

A nice touch is Ian’s stuffed rabbit named Flap, who Ian speaks to throughout the story. After using his potty, Ian even tells Flap that he’s a big boy now and he’s ready to play.

I would recommend Ian’s New Potty to any family I knew was working on potty training.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing
  • ISBN-10:1605371033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605371030
  • SRP: $15.95

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

Going to the Zoo with Lily and Milo and Going to the Beach with Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud

Author Pauline Oud is an author and illustrator who has children’s books in a variety of languages. Clavis Publishing out of New York recently sent me two of her English Lily and Milo books for review.

In Going to the Zoo with Lily and Milo, the two friends set out for the zoo to discover a variety of animals. With Lily pulling Milo along in the wagon, they travel through the zoo finding giraffes and elephants, penguins, and monkeys. But what they find when they get home is fun too.

Going to the Beach with Lily and Milo  finds the friends on another adventure. Here they are getting ready to go to the beach, but there are so many different things to choose to bring with them. What should they wear? Which towels will they bring? Which umbrellas are best? What kind of food should they take? After they get everything together, are they set to go right away?

Oud’s vibrant illustrations in these books will engage your young reader right from the start. The characters are adorable, and the beach one really made me feel at home since planning a trip out usually involves a lot of planning and many choices from my girls before we can head out.

What is so special about the Lily and Milo books is that they truly engage the reader. The narrator talks to the reader, promopting her with questions, encouraging her to guess what animal is hiding in the zoo or which hat and pair of sunglasses Lily or Milo will choose.

I’m eager to find more of Oud’s books and will keep an eye on future releases.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

GOING TO THE ZOO WITH LILY AND MILO

  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing
  • ISBN-10:1605370932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605370934
  • SRP:  $12.95

GOING TO THE BEACH WITH LILY AND MILO

  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing
  • ISBN-10:1605370940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605370941
  • SRP:  $12.95