100 Memorable Books Published in 2011 [Part 1 of 2]


Fast forward to 2021. I'm having a lively discussion about children's literature with a group of pre-service teachers and librarians. I mention that in 2011 I read 2,063 books. A gentleman in the front row raises his hand and asks,"Can you name 100 books you read in 2011?" I think about his question for a moment and then name these memorable titles.

The titles are listed in the order in which I thought of them.

*Travis Jonker and I created a list of the Top 20 Books of 2011.

*A Dog is a Dog by Stephen Shaskam. [Chronicle Books | Grades PreK-1]

*Little Chicken's Big Day by Katie and Jerry Davis [Margaret K. McElderry Books | Grades PreK-1]

*You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown [Little, Brown & Company | Grades K-3]

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier [Amulet | Grades 4-7]

*Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes [Greenwillow Books |Grades PreK-1]

*Squish #1: Super Amoeba by Jennifer and Matthew Holm [Random House | Grades 2-6]

Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb, illustrated by David McPhail [Candlewick | Grades PreK-1]

* A Dog's Way Home by Bobbie Pyron [HarperCollins | Grades 4-7]

The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt [Random House | Grades 6-9]

*Hound Dog True by Linda Urban [Harcourt | Grades 4-6]

Sparrow Road by Shelia O'Connor [Penguin | Grades 5-8]

*Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal [Chronicle Books | Grades 1-3]

* A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness [Candlewick | Grades 7-10]

*These Hands by Margaret Mason, illustrated by Floyd Cooper [Houghton Mifflin |Grades 1-4]

*The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson [Random House | Grades 4-6]

*Monday is One Day by Arthur Levine, illustrated by Julian Hector [Scholastic | Grades PreK-1]

*My Name is Elizabeth by Annika Dunklee, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe [Kids Can Press | Grades PreK-2]

*Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco by Jarrett J. Krosoczka [Random House | Grades 2-5]

*Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace by Eric Wight [Simon and Schuster | Grades 1-4]

*Balloons over Broadway by Mellisa Sweet [Houghton Mifflin |Grades 1-3]

*Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan [Penguin | Grades PreK-1]

*Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists [First Second | Grades PreK-3]

*We Are Not Eaten by Yaks by C. Alexander London [Penguin | Grades 3-6]

* Bookspeak!: Poems About Books by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Josee Bisaillon [Clarion Books | Grades 2-5]

* Addie on the Inside by James Howe [Atheneum Books for Young Readers | Grades 6-8]

* The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm [Simon and Schuster | Grades 5-8]

*Stars by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Marla Frazee [Beach Lane Books | Grades 1-3]

*Monkey Boy to Lunch Lady by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

* Close to Famous by Joan Bauer [Viking | Grades 5-8]

* Peaceful Pieces: Poems About Quilts and Peace by Anna Grossnickle Hines [Henry Holt | Grades 2-5]

I'll post 51-100 tomorrow.


  1. Thank you SO MUCH for posting this list! I am eager to read The Friendship Doll and Over and Under as soon as I can get them. My TBR piles grow and grow! Joy!

  2. Love this list and love that Little Chicken's Big day Made the list. Thank you for sharing.

  3. John, please stop listing books I haven't read. My pockets are shrinking. Thank you.

  4. Pre-service teachers would be so lucky to learn from you.

  5. loving this list! Thank you. (Just purchased A Monster Calls. Can't wait to read.)


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