How quickly 100 years pass. Seems like only yesterday the children's librarians of The New York Public Library (newly formed as of 1911) were putting together a list of the best children's books of the year. At that time they were guided by the steady hand of that most powerful of librarians, Anne Carroll Moore.
Fast forward a century and what do we find? Librarians that work with children producing that same list yet again. Amazing, no? This year Jenny Berggren, Elizabeth Bird (that's me), Clarissa Cooke, Katie Crook, Ryan Donovan, Ricca Gaus, Rebecca Gueorguiev, Tiffany James, Louise Lareau, Sarah McDonald, Robyn Mutnick, Danita Nichols, Theresa Panza, Kristy Raffensberger, Jill Rothstein, Amy Schaub, Stephanie Whelan, Sue Yeek, and chairs Dina Brasseur and Jeanne Lamb all joined together to cull through books both good and extraordinarily terrible to find the best of the best of the best. Now the results are in. Download a full PDF of the final list, or take a look at them by subject on our library catalog.
Here are some highlights from the list:
NYPL's Children's Books 2011: Picture Books
NYPL's Children's Books 2011: Folk & Fairy Tales
NYPL's Children's Books 2011: Early Chapter Books
NYPL's Children's Books 2011: Chapter Books
NYPL's Children's Books 2011: Poetry
NYPL's Children's Books 2011: Graphic Novels
NYPL's Children's Books 2011: Nonfiction
Big time thanks to those librarians that dedicated countless hours and sacrificed reading fare for anyone over the age of 12 to bring together this list.