Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2011

New York Times

Each year we look forward with anxious anticipation to this day. The New York Times has published their list of Best 10 Illustrated Children's Books for 2011.

We're excited about all of them, but a few particularly piqued our interest.

Along a Long Road, by Frank Viva, is about the journey of a man on a bicycle. The graphic images and limited palette largely tell the tale, and by all accounts it's unlike anything else.

Ice, by Arthur Geisert, is a wordless book. It follows a colony of pigs that work together to cool themselves off, and ultimately discover an elusive iceberg. Parents and children can unfurl their imaginations and tell the tale differently each time.

Me . . . Jane, by Patrick McDonnell is an inspirational work which takes the young Jane Goodall and her stuffed monkey Jubilee as its subject. She dreams of one day living among and helping animals, until that dream becomes reality.

Migrant follows the child of a Mexican migrant family who wishes nothing more than to stay in one place. Sometimes she feels like a rabbit or a bird, but she would rather be a tree with her roots in the ground. Story by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault.

We can't wait to get to our local bookstore to check out these and the rest of the list. Books are always a favorite go-to for birthdays and holidays, and this is going to make shopping super easy and fun.

Be sure not to miss yesterday's New York Times with a special section devoted to children's books. For the complete list of titles, please see Sunday's Book Review.