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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

February 2011


Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books.


As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways.

Here are the YS Staff's favorite Notable/Award-Winning books from 2010. View the entire list of Notable Books and Award Winners at the ALSC Website.





written and illustrated by Jason Shiga


2011 ALSC Notable Children's Book

Meanwhile begins as our young hero, in dire need of a bathroom, knocks on the door of a mysterious recluse. His mansion is in fact a wondrous laboratory filled with amazing inventions: a mind reading helmet, a doomsday device and a time travel machine (although it can only go back ten minutes). Which invention will young Jimmy play with? YOU, the reader get to decide! Meanwhile works via a network of tubes connecting each panel to the next. Sometimes these tubes split, giving the readers a choice of which path they would like to follow. Sometimes the tubes even lead off the page and onto tabs sticking out from other parts of the book. The branchiest and most complex interactive comic to date.





Bink and Gollie

Bink and Gollie

by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile


2011 Geisel Award Winner (for beginning readers)


Three easy-reader-style stories about the escapades of two mismatched friends-- happy-go-lucky Bink and uptight Gollie. The stories are cute, witty, and oddly touching (the story about the pet goldfish, especially). Animator Tony Fucile provides colorful and expressive illustrations.






City Dog, Country Frog

City Dog, Country Frog

written by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J. Muth


2011 ALSC Notable Children's Book

Whenever he is free in the country, City Dog looks for his friend Country Frog so they can play their games together. But when winter comes, things change and Country Frog can't be found. A wonderful story of friendship and change written by the author of the well-known Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie series. It is beautifully illustrated by Jon J. Muth, who has illustrated many books, including Zen Shorts.





We Are in a Book!

We Are in a Book!

written and illustrated by Mo Willems


2011 Geisel Honor Book

Elephant and Piggie discover that someone (the reader) is looking at them in this hilarious, interactive story about the joys of reading and being read.







written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier


2011 ALSC Notable Children's Book

Raina Telgemeier (who adapted The Babysitters Club into graphic novel form) tells her own true life story, from middle school to high school, in this entertaining book. After knocking out her two front teeth in sixth grade, Raina undergoes years of frustrating dental work-- headgear, braces, and even an embarassing retainer with fake teeth attached! On top of all that, there's still more to deal with-- a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly. Though dental woes sound like an odd topic for a book, trust me-- it is a truly enjoyable read!




Kakapo Rescue

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot

by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop

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2011 Sibert Medal Winner (for non-fiction)

In the mid-19th century, there were literally millions of kakapo in New Zealand-- now there are just 87 of these flightless birds living on a small island sanctuary. The race to save these friendly, honey-scented parrots from extinction is described in thrilling prose and fascinating photographs in this Sibert Medal Winner for outstanding non-fiction for children.





In the Wild

In the Wild

by David Elliott, illustrated by Holly Meade


2011 ALSC Notable Children's Book

Beautiful woodcut and watercolor illustrated pages highlight animals in the wild. Each animal has its own page with rhyming text. Fun to read and share aloud.





Dear Primo

Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin

written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh


2011 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book (awarded to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator)

When most people are texting, emailing and Skyping to communicate with family members, it is refreshing to read a story about two cousins who communicate by writing letters. This is a charming story of Charlie and Carlitos-- and how they come to know each other-- although they've never met. Charlie lives in an American city, and takes the subway to school; while Carlitos lives on a Mexican farm, and rides his bicicleta to school. Charlie enjoys pizza, and Carlitos eats quesadillas. The cousins realize that despite their different environments, they are not so different after all. The book is sprinkled with Spanish words, and the illustrations are based on ancient Mexican art.




 Check this page monthly for recommendations from our staff! Each month focuses on a different category or theme.

We'll pick our favorites, and tell you all about them! Each book cover is a link to that item in the catalog, so click there to place a hold. 

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