Best of 2011 (Staff Picks) - For Kids

Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures

By Katherine Paterson

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Reimagines Francis of Assisi's 1224 prayer of praise in celebration of God's gifts throughout the universe.

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Bumble-ardy

By Maurice Sendak

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Bumble-ardy the pig has missed eight birthdays in a row. So for his ninth birthday he has a party without telling his aunt. What will happen when she comes home? Selected by multiple CRRL staff members.

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Can We Save the Tiger?

By Martin Jenkins

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The tiger is just one of thousands of animals -- including the ground iguana, the white-rumped vulture, and the partula snail -- currently in danger of becoming extinct, joining the dodo, the marsupial wolf, the great auk, and countless others we will never see again.

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Cloudette

By Tom Lichtenheld

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Cloudette, the littlest cloud, finds a way to do something big and important as the other clouds do. Selected by multiple CRRL staff members.

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Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda book

By Tom Angleberger

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Harvey, upset when his Darth Paper finger puppet brings humiliation, gets Dwight suspended, but Origami Yoda asks Tommy and Kellan, now in seventh grade, to make a new casefile to persuade the School Board to reinstate Dwight.

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Drawing from Memory

By Allen Say

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Caldecott Medalist Allen Say presents a stunning graphic novel chronicling his journey as an artist during WWII, when he apprenticed under Noro Shinpei, Japan's premier cartoonist. Drawing from memory is Allen Say's own story of his path to becoming the renowned artist he is today.

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Eight Keys

By Suzanne LaFleur

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When twelve-year-old Elise, orphaned since age three, becomes disheartened by middle school, with its bullies, changing relationships, and higher expectations, keys to long-locked rooms and messages from her late father help her cope.

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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

By Kadir Nelson

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A simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.

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I Want My Hat Back

By Jon Klassen

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A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.

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Inkblot: Drip, Splat, and Squish Your Way to Creativity

By Margaret Peot

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Teaches how to change inkblots into works of art and to use them as keys to creativity.

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