Top Children's Books of 2011: #5-1

Travis Jonker and I are counting down our top 20 books of 2011. Head on over to 100 Scope Notes to read our blurbs and then come back here for additional resources.

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1

Ice by Arthur Geisert [Enchanted Lion | Grades K-3]

I had no idea what Arthur Geisert looked like before watching this video. Take a look inside his studio.

Arthur Geisert's unique and exquisite etchings have been widely praised and exhibited at the Chicago Institute of Art, among other museums. His work is regularly selected for the Society of Illustrators, annual Original Art exhibition, and his illustrations are now being collected by the Dubuque Museum of Art. He lives in a converted bank in Bernard, Iowa. -Bio taken from here.

Press Here by Herve Tullet [Chronicle | Grades PreK-2]

Download the Press Here activity guide.

Hervé Tullet's website reminds me of Prezi.

Hervé Tullet is known in France as the "prince of pre-school books."

Hervè Tullet has been an art director at various ad agencies, a magazine illustrator, and for the past 15 years, a creator of children's books. He lives with his two sons and daughter in Paris. -Bio taken from Chronicle's website.

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen [Candlewick Press | Grades 1-3]

Download a "Read to Us Story-Hour" kit.

"Right now, I live in Los Angeles, California. I'm from Niagara Falls, Ontario, though." -Bio taken from Jon Klassen's website.

Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo [Henry Holt | Grades PreK-2]

Download your very own "Turtle Facts" poster.

The Melvin and the Boy activity kit includes a word search, a coloring page, and a writing/drawing activity.

Lauren Castillo has illustrated several titles, including the critically acclaimed What Happens on Wednesdays by Emily Jenkins and Buffalo Music by Tracey Fern. This is the first book she has both written and illustrated.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick [Scholastic |Grades 3-8]

"For centuries, people have found their way by following the stars. Travel through the pages of Wonderstruck by navigating the stars of one of Ben's favorite constellations--the Little Dipper--until you reach the North Star." Click here to play.

Al Roker's Book Club for Kids read and discussed Wonderstruck.

Take a virtual field trip to the American Museum of Natural History. Learn more here.

Brian Selznick's bio was taken from here.


  1. VERY impressive statistics. With just over 600 middle school students last year, we checked out about 24,000 books, and I thought THAT was a lot. Keep doing whatever you are doing!


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