New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2011

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In 2011 librarians from the New York Public Library compiled this list of what they considered to be the very best children's books for toddlers through sixth graders.

A Ball for DaisyA Ball for Daisy
by Chris Raschka
Recommended Age: 2
Category: Picture Books
Also: Caldecott Medal Winners

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate CakeBetty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake
by Michael B. Kaplan
Category: Picture Books

BlackoutBlackout
by John Rocco
Category: Picture Books

CloudetteCloudette
by Tom Lichtenheld
Category: Picture Books

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?
by Susan A. Shea
Category: Picture Books

A Dog Is a DogA Dog Is a Dog
by Stephen Shaskan
Category: Picture Books

Everything Goes on LandEverything Goes on Land
by Brian Biggs
Category: Picture Books

Grandpa GreenGrandpa Green
by Lane Smith
Category: Picture Books

Hugs from PearlHugs from Pearl
by Paul Schmid
Category: Picture Books

I Want My Hat BackI Want My Hat Back
by Jon Klassen
Category: Picture Books
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades K-3
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time

Little White RabbitLittle White Rabbit
by Kevin Henkes
Category: Picture Books

Me . . . JaneMe . . . Jane
by Patrick McDonnell
Category: Picture Books
Also: Cybils Award Winners

Mine!Mine!
by Shutta Crum
Category: Picture Books

Mitchell’s LicenseMitchell’s License
by Hallie Durand
Category: Picture Books

My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood JourneyMy Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey
by Jeanne Walker Harvey
Category: Picture Books

A New Year’s Reunion: A Chinese StoryA New Year’s Reunion: A Chinese Story
by Li Qiong Yu
Category: Picture Books

Octopus SoupOctopus Soup
by Mercer Mayer
Category: Picture Books

Perfect SquarePerfect Square
by Michael Hall
Category: Picture Books

Press HerePress Here
by Hervé Tullet
Category: Picture Books
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: TIME: The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time

Underground: Finding the Light to FreedomUnderground: Finding the Light to Freedom
by Shane W. Evans
Category: Picture Books

What Animals Really LikeWhat Animals Really Like
by Fiona Robinson
Category: Picture Books

Where’s Walrus?Where’s Walrus?
by Stephen Savage
Category: Picture Books

Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and PharaohsAncient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs
by Marcia Williams
Category: Folktales and Fairy Tales

The Boy from the Dragon PalaceThe Boy from the Dragon Palace
by Margaret Read MacDonald
Category: Folktales and Fairy Tales

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden StirredThe Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred
by Samantha R. Vamos
Category: Folktales and Fairy Tales

Gifts from the Gods: Ancient Words and Wisdom from Greek and Roman MythologyGifts from the Gods: Ancient Words and Wisdom from Greek and Roman Mythology
by Lise Lunge-Larsen
Category: Folktales and Fairy Tales

How the Leopard Got His ClawsHow the Leopard Got His Claws
by Chinua Achebe
Category: Folktales and Fairy Tales
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades K-3

My Favourite Fairy TalesMy Favourite Fairy Tales
retold and illustrated by Tony Ross
Category: Folktales and Fairy Tales

Rapunzel: Based on the Original StoryRapunzel: Based on the Original Story
by the Brothers Grimm retold and illustrated by Sarah Gibb
Category: Folktales and Fairy Tales

Tales from India: Stories of Creation and the CosmosTales from India: Stories of Creation and the Cosmos
by Jamila Gavin
Category: Folktales and Fairy Tales

Cousins of Clouds: Elephant PoemsCousins of Clouds: Elephant Poems
by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
Category: Poetry

Every Thing On ItEvery Thing On It
by Shel Silverstein
Category: Poetry

Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single WordLemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word
by Bob Raczka
Category: Poetry

Never ForgottenNever Forgotten
by Patricia C. McKissack
Category: Poetry

Peaceful Pieces: Poems and Quilts About PeacePeaceful Pieces: Poems and Quilts About Peace
by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Category: Poetry

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in HaikuWon Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
by Lee Wardlaw
Category: Poetry

Clementine: The Family MeetingClementine: The Family Meeting
by Sara Pennypacker
Category: Stories for Children Ages 6-8

EllRay Jakes Is Not a ChickenEllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken
by Sally Warner
Category: Stories for Children Ages 6-8

The Great Hamster MassacreThe Great Hamster Massacre
by Katie Davies
Category: Stories for Children Ages 6-8

Like Pickle Juice on a CookieLike Pickle Juice on a Cookie
by Julie Sternberg
Category: Stories for Children Ages 6-8

Marty McGuireMarty McGuire
by Kate Messner
Category: Stories for Children Ages 6-8

The No. 1 Car SpotterThe No. 1 Car Spotter
by Atinuke
Category: Stories for Children Ages 6-8

Spunky Tells AllSpunky Tells All
by Ann Cameron
Category: Stories for Children Ages 6-8

Toys Come Home: Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a Brave Buffalo, and a Brand-New Someone Called PlasticToys Come Home: Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a Brave Buffalo, and a Brand-New Someone Called Plastic
by Emily Jenkins
Category: Stories for Children Ages 6-8

Around the WorldAround the World
by Matt Phelan
Category: Graphic

Astronaut Academy: Zero GravityAstronaut Academy: Zero Gravity
by Dave Roman
Category: Graphic

Bad IslandBad Island
by Doug TenNapel
Category: Graphic

Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy ThinkingBenjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking
by Philippe Coudray
Category: Graphic

Hera: The Goddess and Her GloryHera: The Goddess and Her Glory
by George O’Connor
Category: Graphic

Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated CartoonistsNursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists
by Various authors
Category: Graphic

SidekicksSidekicks
by Dan Santat
Category: Graphic

Zita the SpacegirlZita the Spacegirl
by Ben Hatke
Category: Graphic
Also: Cybils Award Winners

An Elephant in the GardenAn Elephant in the Garden
by Michael Morpurgo
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

BreadcrumbsBreadcrumbs
by Anne Ursu
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the TalesThe Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales
by Chris Van Allsburg
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

City of OrphansCity of Orphans
by Avi
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

The Floating Islands
The Floating Islands
by Rachel Neumeier
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

Fly TrapFly Trap
by Frances Hardinge
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

The Fourth StallThe Fourth Stall
by Chris Rylander
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

Ghetto CowboyGhetto Cowboy
by G. Neri
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own MakingThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne M. Valente
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

Hound Dog TrueHound Dog True
by Linda Urban
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

IcefallIcefall
by Matthew J. Kirby
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

Inside Out and Back AgainInside Out and Back Again
by Thanhha Lai
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12
Also: National Book Award Young People's Literature Winners

Jefferson’s SonsJefferson’s Sons
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

JunoniaJunonia
by Kevin Henkes
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

The Luck of the ButtonsThe Luck of the Buttons
by Anne Ylvisaker
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

The Mostly True Story of JackThe Mostly True Story of Jack
by Kelly Barnhill
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

Okay for NowOkay for Now
by Gary D. Schmidt
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

Six DaysSix Days
by Philip Webb
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

Tall StoryTall Story
by Candy Gourlay
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

The Unforgotten CoatThe Unforgotten Coat
by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

The Wickedest WitchThe Wickedest Witch
by Martin Howard
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

WonderstruckWonderstruck
by Brian Selznick
Category: Stories for Children Ages 9-12

Alicia Alonso: Prima BallerinaAlicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina
by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
Category: Nonfiction

All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little ShovelAll the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel
by Dan Yaccarino
Category: Nonfiction

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia EarhartAmelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
by Candace Fleming
Category: Nonfiction

America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers FellAmerica Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell
by Don Brown
Category: Nonfiction

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s ParadeBalloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade
by Melissa Sweet
Category: Nonfiction

The Boy Who Bit PicassoThe Boy Who Bit Picasso
by Antony Penrose
Category: Nonfiction

Bugs by the NumbersBugs by the Numbers
by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss
Category: Nonfiction

Can We Save the Tiger?Can We Save the Tiger?
by Martin Jenkins
Category: Nonfiction

Celebritrees: Historic and Famous Trees of the WorldCelebritrees: Historic and Famous Trees of the World
by Margi Preus
Category: Nonfiction

Coral ReefsCoral Reefs
by Jason Chin
Category: Nonfiction

Drawing from MemoryDrawing from Memory
by Allen Say
Category: Nonfiction

Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their WorldEnergy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World
by Allan Drummond
Category: Nonfiction

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African AmericansHeart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
by Kadir Nelson
Category: Nonfiction

In Search of Sasquatch: An Exercise in Zoological EvidenceIn Search of Sasquatch: An Exercise in Zoological Evidence
by Kelly Milner Halls
Category: Nonfiction

Into the Unknown: How Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and AirInto the Unknown: How Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air
by Stewart Ross
Category: Nonfiction

Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival StoryMeadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story
by Thomas F. Yezerski
Category: Nonfiction

The Mysteries of Angkor WatThe Mysteries of Angkor Wat
by Richard Sobol
Category: Nonfiction

Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable ChantRah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant
by April Pulley Sayre
Category: Nonfiction

Queen of the FallsQueen of the Falls
by Chris Van Allsburg
Category: Nonfiction

The Quite Contrary Man: A True American TaleThe Quite Contrary Man: A True American Tale
by Patricia Rusch Hyatt
Category: Nonfiction

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the ChimpsThe Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps
by Jeanette Winter
Category: Nonfiction

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)
by Sue Macy
Category: Nonfiction

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in SalemWitches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
by Rosalyn Schanzer
Category: Nonfiction

Wild Women of the Wild WestWild Women of the Wild West
by Jonah Winter
Category: Nonfiction

Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story
of an American FeudWorst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud
by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
Category: Nonfiction

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