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Best Children's Picture Books of the Year

2011 has been a wealth of riches for children’s picture books, so choosing the top 10 was like choosing among your favorite nieces and nephews. This year is remarkable for the number of iconic, award-winning authors who gave us new books, exemplified by our top two picks--one by Eric Carle, author of the beloved classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the other by William Joyce, who has made his mark as an author/illustrator (George Shrinks), as well as in children’s television and films (Robots, Meet the Robinsons).

Carle’s The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse is all about simplicity--bright colors and subtle detail illustrate the spare text, inviting readers to let their creativity run wild with a purple fox, a polka-dotted donkey, and of course, a blue horse.  William Joyce’s The Man in the Moon, our number two best picture book of the year, is the perfect counterpart with elaborately detailed illustrations and a fantastical story of how the man in the moon came to be there. Press Here, by Herve Tullet, also made our list for it's unique method of making the reader part of the story, pressing dots, and turning the book this way and that.

See all Top 10 Children’s Picture Books and learn more about our 100 Best Books of the Year

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