Best of 2011 (Staff Picks) - For Kids

Wildwood

By Colin Meloy

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When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness--a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon--and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.

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Where's Walrus?

By Stephen Savage

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In this wordless picture book, follow Walrus on a happy-go-lucky spree through the big city, as he tries on different hats to disguise himself from the chasing zookeeper. Selected by multiple CRRL staff members.

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Ten Little Caterpillars

By Bill Martin Jr.

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Illustrations and rhyming text follow ten caterpillars as one wriggles up a flower stem, another sails across a garden pool, and one reaches an apple leaf, where something amazing happens.

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Press Here

By Hervé Tullet

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Instructs the reader on how to interact with the illustrations to create imaginative images. Selected by multiple CRRL staff members.

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Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes

By Eric Litwin

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Pete the cat wears his school shoes when visiting the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and more while singing his special song. Selected by multiple CRRL staff members.

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Passing the Music Down

By Sarah Sullivan

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A boy and his family befriend a country fiddler, who teaches the boy all about playing the old tunes, which the boy promises to help keep alive. Inspired by Melvin Wine and Jake Krack.

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Lost and Found

By Shaun Tan

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Three stories explore how we lose and find what matters most to us, as a girl finds a bright spot in a dark world, a boy leads a strange, lost being home, and a group of peaceful creatures loses its home to cruel invaders. Selected by multiple CRRL staff members.

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Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice, and Destructive Properties of Deception

By Gary Paulsen

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Fourteen-year-old Kevin is very good at lying and doing so makes life easier, but when he finds himself in big trouble with his friends, family, and teachers, he must find a way to end his lies forever. Selected by multiple CRRL staff members.

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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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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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