Best Books 2011: Picture Books - School Library Journal

My name is John Schu, and I am a best books list addict. There, I said it. Right now, I am sitting in front of my computer debating whether or not I should post another BEST BOOKS list. Whenever I see a list in a journal or come across a best of link, I quickly scan the list to see how many books I have read. I'm very competitive (only with myself, of course). It is a healthy addiction. Right?

Okay, I'll be quiet now. You're really here to watch book trailers for some top-notch picture books.

SLJ's Best Picture Books of 2011


Mine! by Shutta Crum, illurated by Patrice Barton.

Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes

Blackout by John Rocco

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

Along a Long Road by Frank Viva

Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann

Three by the Sea by Mini Grey

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Mouse & Lion by Rand Burkert, illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert

Bumble-Ardy by Maurice Sendak

The Loud Book! by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwska

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

The Twins' Blanket by Hyewon Yum

And just for the record, I read all of SLJ's picture book picks before the list came out.


  1. And I'm totally not surprised that you had read them all "before" the list came out either. I envy your reading habits, among other things.

  2. Congratulations :)
    I always appreciate best books lists and it is wonderful to see the trailers as well. Thanks!

  3. I, too, find myself overwhelming envious of your reading habits. How DO you manage to read so much with such a busy schedule?

  4. Thank you for the list. I've just added the ones I don't already have to my book order.

    I've only read a few so am happy to hear you've read them ALL! Good for you.


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