As the year draws to an end, lists of the year's best books are popping up everywhere. The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library has created a Books for Giving list of some of our favorite books published this past year. Take a look at the list here: http://www.thebestlibrary.net/joomla/images/pdfs/books_for_giving_2010.pdf
A few more of my favorite picture books from 2009 are included below. Many of these have been featured as picks of the week. I've got a lot of "favorites", as you'll note, so I'll post a few here and a few more in the days to come:
Otis by Loren Long
When a big new yellow tractor arrives, Otis the friendly little tractor is cast away behind the barn, but when trouble occurs Otis is the only one who can help.
Truckery Rhymes by Jon Scieszka, characters and environments developed by the Design Garage--David Shannon, Loren Long, David Gordon
For generations, Trucks have been sharing these beloved tales, rowdy rhymes, and honk-along songs. Finally these classics have been gathered into one big, noisy, high-octane collection! All the favorite truckery rhymes are here, from "Peter Peter Payload Eater" to "Little Dan Dumper", all the way to "Pop! Blows the Diesel."
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O'Connor
Nancy is devastated, which is even worse than heart-broken, when her fancy Christmas tree topper breaks, threatening to ruin Christmas.
All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant
Illustrations and rhyming text pay homage to a new day, with promises for the future in its "perfect piece of time."
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
Follow a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night as they discover the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.
Bears on Chairs by Shirley Parenteau
Four chairs. Four adorable bears. All is well until Big Brown Bear shows up -- what a stare -- and wants a seat. Can these clever bears put their heads together (among other things) and make space for one more?
Big Frog Can't Fit In: a Pop Out Book by Mo Willems
Big Frog really wants to fit in. But how? After much frustration, and with her friends' help, she finds out how.
A Chair for Always by Vera B. Williams
Rosa is excited when her new cousin, Benji, is born, but when Grandma wants to remove a beloved armchair, Rosa puts her foot down and insists that the chair, just like Benji, is a member of the family.
Chicken Little by Ed Emberley and Rebecca Emberley
A retelling of the classic story of Chicken Little, who has an acorn fall on his head and runs in a panic to his friends Henny Penny, Lucky Ducky, and Loosey Goosey, to tell them the sky is falling.
Harry and Horsie by Katie Van Camp
Harry sneaks out of bed one night with his best friend, Horsie. Bubbles fill Harry's room and begin carrying items into space. Can Harry find Horsie?
Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli
One child. One swing. An obliging dad. The inevitable plea to go "Higher! Higher!" Add Leslie Patricelli's wildly expressive illustrations, and an everyday pastime reaches new heights of humor and whimsy. How high can it go? Higher than a giraffe? Taller than a mountain? Is Earth the final frontier? The creator of a popular series of board books rises to the occasion with an ingenious picture book of very few words that expresses the giddy glee of being pushed in a swing.
How to Raise Mom & Dad: instructions from someone who figured it out by Josh Lerman
Advice on how to manipulate your parents in order to avoid eating vegetables, extend your bedtime, or get a puppy.
Listen to the Wind: the story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth
Lost and delirious, Mortenson stumbled into a remote Himalayan village after a failed climb up K2. The villagers saved his life, and he vowed to return and build a school for them. His remarkable story of a promise kept is now told in this read-aloud.