Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Reading Roundup III - Some Favorite Children's Books for 2011

To complete my reading roundup, here are some of my favorite children's books for 2011. The links are to books with my reviews for Kidsreads.

BLESS THIS MOUSE by Lois Lowry is a charming story for animal-loving readers of all ages.

DEAD END IN NORVELT by Jack Gantos weaves twentieth century American history with wacky scenes and memorable characters.

PAINTINGS FROM THE CAVE: THREE NOVELLAS is Gary Paulsen’s dark and gritty collection of stories about three children who use the beauty of art and/or the unconditional love of dogs to survive troubled childhoods.

THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE by Melissa Ann Goodwin is a sweet and suspenseful tale filled with surprises.

THE CHRONICLES OF HARRIS BURDICK: FOURTEEN AMAZING AUTHORS TELL THE TALES, Chris Van Allsburg. Stories written by children’s and adult authors: Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka and Chris Van Allsburg, with an introduction by Lemony Snicket.

WARP SPEED by Lisa Yee is a touching story about belonging, being unique and standing-up to bullies.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas filled with wonderful books.


  1. Gary Paulsen and Kate DiCamillo are two of my favorite authors. Thanks for the recommendations...

  2. Hi Sioux,

    Same here.

    My grandson has been reading Paulsen's "The Hatchet" series--and of course I'm reading the books along with him. I've never seen him so excited about reading. And Kate DiCamillo's "Because of Winn Dixie" is a wonderful book--a favorite in our house.


  3. Great selections!

    Critter Alley

  4. My students loved The Hatchet. It used to be required reading in middle school. Did you know there's a movie (1990) based on The Hatchet? It's called A Cry in the Wild. My stepson loved it. I have the old VHS version, bought from a video store that went out of business. It's probably on DVD now.

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  6. Hi Pat,
    Thanks. Glad you like them.

    Hi Val,
    Thanks for letting me know about the movie based on Hatchet. My grandson has movies on his list. Maybe I can find a copy before Christmas.


  7. Hi, Donna, this is a great list of books. I love anything Lois Lowry, but haven't read Bless this Mouse--I don't think.


  8. Hi Teresa,
    Lois Lowry is one of my favorite children's authors too!

  9. Lots of great names on that list, but I hadn't heard of their latest. Thanks!

  10. Ooooh, I love popping in when you've been "redecorating." :-) And I'll have to add some of these books to my list.

    Lisa Yee spoke at a conference I attended this year--she's SO entertaining (and really knows her stuff). And I saw a few on the YA list I've read (or have on my TBR list).

    Have a merry, bookalicious Christmas, Donna! And lots of acceptances in the new year! ;-)

  11. Hi Tammy,
    You are welcome. Happy reading!

    Hi Cathy,
    I'm happy you like my new look. I thought the candles are a nice touch for Christmas.

    Lisa Yee is such cool writer and classy lady. Last year I included one of her books on my "best of" list for Kidsreads, and she e-mailed to thank me.

    Hope you get lots of acceptances next year, too.



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