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Announcing the 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing: Children's Books 2011!


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.


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Thank you for the great list!

Thank you for the great list! I am organizing a new arts center in Indio, CA for the Coachella Valley. We will be hosting a collaborativce effort between First Book East Valley Chapter, and Rosie's Kids, a performing arts training program for youngsters. One project will be using children's books as existing scripts for training in dramatic reading. These books are perfect!


Thanks for posting this Betsy! It's great to see the final PDF version of the list. It looks great with all the artwork inside! You did so much work for this list, too, so a big THANK YOU is in order for you, too!!

Spectacular list!

Truly honored to be on it. Wonderful. Thank you!!


Some of the titles on the list are available in eNYPL! Here are direct links to them: <strong>Picture Books, Ages 2-6</strong> <a href="">A Dog is a Dog</a> <a href="">Mine!</a> <strong>Stories, Ages 6-8</strong> <a href="">EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken</a> <strong>Stories, Ages 9-12</strong> <a href="">The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales</a> <a href="">Ghetto Cowboy</a> <a href="">The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making</a> <a href="">Hound Dog True</a> <a href="">Icefall</a> <a href="">Inside Out and Back Again</a> <a href="">Jefferson's Sons</a> <a href="">A Monster Calls</a> <a href="">Okay for Now</a> <strong>Nonfiction</strong> <a href="">The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps</a>

How to get a hard copy?

So excited that MINE! made the list! How does one go about getting a hard copy when they're available? Thanks!


Just starting to wade through early chapter books and graphic novels in search of good reads for my grandsons. Thank you for compiling this list.


Saw some of my favorites and found a few I had not seen on your list. Thanks so much for all the work.

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