Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Picks-- Great Children's Books 2011 I MUST HAVE!

Text/Images from Amazon.com:
If Rocks Could Sing- A Discovered Alphabet- Amazing rocks, found on a stretch of beach near the author's home, comprise this unique alphabet book. A is for Addition, and there are rocks in the shape of real numbers, too. B is for Bird, and there is a bird rock on a nest with an egg. G is for Ghosts, and there is a host of rocks that look like ghosts! Children and adults alike will pore over these fascinating rocks, and will be inspired collect their own.

When ten-year-old Megan helps her uncle invent the Thumbtop, the world’s smallest computer, mice are overjoyed, and they want one for every mouse hole.  ... will captivate today’s computer-savvy middle-graders.

  • Cat the Cat series- Willems- 20 words per book
  • City Dog, Country Frog- Willems (death, loss, friendship)- excellent
  • Hooray for Amanda and her Alligator- Mo Willems
  • Toys Come Home- (prequel to Toys go Out) Jenkins
  • The Phantom Tollbooth- Visiting Decatur Dec. 8 and 9 for "On the Same Page" celebration from Little Shop of Stories!
  •  Tall Story-great read aloud www.candygourlay.com  www.tallstory.net
  •  The Star Maker- Yep-- Chinatown in the 1950s
  • Hidden by Helen Frost (a little frightening) 
  • My Side of the Car- Feiffer's daughter wrote - he illustrated
  • Gifts From the Gods: Ancient Words and Wisdom from Greek and Roman Mythology- Great info.
  • The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman-  By Wolitzer  --  for Scrabble / Boggle Fans