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Children's Books 2010: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing


There is no shortage of "Best" lists at this time of year. In the world of literature for children, librarians have been recommending books to children for well over one hundred years, and children have been just as eager to pass on their favorites. Children make the perfect audience, as they never shy away from a good story.

Children’s Books 2010 [PDF] provides a snapshot of just a few of the outstanding books published this year. Over twenty librarians read several hundred books, often sharing F&Gs and ARCs with the children in their Branch Libraries. Their recommendations range from books to share with toddlers to books that will keep the most sophisticated readers on the edge of their seats.

As usual, the writers and illustrators who create books for children, served up a feast, with stories to tickle a funny-bone, shed light on extraordinary acts of courage, or broaden our horizons. One theme—celebrating the creative process—appears often.


Readers may find some answers to the age old question "What is Art?" in David Weisner’s Art & Max 



or Shelley Jackson’s playful Mimi’s Dada Catisfesto 




A glimpse in to the world of some extraordinary artists also sheds light on what it takes to create something from what seems like nothing, in Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha 


to Laban Carrick Hill’s Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave   




Perseverance and a touch of genius were some of the characteristics shared by Samuel Clemens The Extraordinary Mark Twain 


Pablo Neruda The Dreamer






or that “gifted and insightful observer of human behavior” Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz 




Chalk by Bill ThomsonChalk by Bill ThomsonEnjoy taking a bite out of this list and share your own favorites. Download Children’s Books 2010 now.


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Children's Books

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We come home from our local public library with 35 books that my kids go through in a week or two depending on length and activities. These chapter books like Judy Moody, Olive and Bean, Box Car Children, Diary of a Whimpy Kid, etc, are the types of books that my child is into. I want to get her a Kindle or Nook for Christmas so she has access to library books anytime to promote her reading. But, right now it seems that all the ebooks are for adults. Kids and parents need to purchase ebook materials. I truly want to support my children in reading. As a New Yorker, I hope that someday SOON I can access your library system to borrow books of their interest so that my children are able to reach their full potential.

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Thank you for your inquiry regarding the availability of downloadable books for children. You can browse a wide selection of titles for children by selecting the "Browse Children's" option on the left-hand side of the eNYPL page: - hosted by Overdrive. It is true that publishers have released a much larger number of titles for Adults - however the selections for children are growing rapidly. You will be able to find Judy Moody, Boxcar Children and much more. We have also noticed that some titles are released in only one format to start with. For example the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are available for Mp3 devices - we hope these titles become available for other devices as well - very soon. Ivy an Bean titles are available for Kindle devices. Amazon just came to an agreement with public libraries this Fall so you will be seeing the selection of Kindle titles building rapidly. I hope your children have fun browsing for e-books - and don't hesitate to let us know if we have missed a title - the selections are growing exponentially!

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