Fun Finds: Best of 2011

Our picks for this year&s best books.
Feb 06, 2013

Ages

3-12

1/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Lost & Found: Three by Shaun Tan

A poetic treasure of three previously published short stories/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Text is spare; art is captivating; both are unforgettable/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

Scholastic, $22/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Ages 10 and up/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

 

2/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

Sixth-grader Rafe Khatchadorian plans to systematically break every rule in the Hills Village Middle School Code of Conduct/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Author Patterson captures the tween stage with insight and humor/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

Little, Brown, $16/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Ages 10 and up/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

 

3/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

The wonderful Peter H/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Reynolds has his hand all over this minimalist charmer/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images His exuberant drawings, along with Rosenthal’s spare rhyming text, have a playful yet powerful effect/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

HarperCollins, $15/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Ages 4 to 8/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

 

4/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Precious Little  by Julie Hunt and Sue Moss

From its glittery cover to its mind-bending, acrobatic pages, this circus tale delivers pure enchantment/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

Trafalgar Square, $17/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Ages 3 and up/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

 

5/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Frangoline and the Midnight Dream
by Clemency Pearce

Fearless Frangoline escapes into the night despite Moon’s warnings/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images What will get this naughty girl back to bed? Rebecca Elliott’s artwork is hauntingly glorious/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

Scholastic, $17/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Ages 3 and up/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

 

6/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images The Grand Plan to Fix Everything
by Uma Krishnaswami

When Dini, an 11-year-old Bollywood-smitten girl, learns her family is moving to India, she and her best friend must alter their plans to delightful effect/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

Simon & Schuster, $17/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Ages 8 to 12/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

 

7/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Buglette the Messy Sleeper by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Buglette is one tidy and darling little ladybug, but her noisy sleeping threatens to attract a crow/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images The solution lies in Buglette’s big dreams/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

Random House, $16/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Ages 3 to 7/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

 

8/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Me /content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images /content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images /content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Jane  by Patrick McDonnell

This artfully illustrated story follows the childhood of naturalist Jane Goodall/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Includes a message from Goodall herself/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

Little, Brown, $16/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images All ages/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

 

9/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Clink  by Kelly DiPucchio and Matthew Myers

State-of-the-art in 1939, Clink now feels like a clunker/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images He can’t compete with the fancy robots in the store—until he catches the ear of a young boy/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

HarperCollins, $17/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images Ages 4 to 7/content/dam/parents/migrated-assets/articles/body-text-images

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