Saturday, December 31, 2011

Since our reading week was heavily dominated by a zillion of Fairy Magic books (which, thankfully, I don’t have to read), I decided to dedicate this last post of the year by putting together the list of our favorite books of 2011. I was motivated by one of my faithful WMCIR participants Ready, Set, Read, but she was focusing on the books published in 2011. I will focus on the books we read and loved in 2011. For reference, my daughter is now 5, an avid and very fluent reader. We still read together every night, and we read together all of the books I am reviewing here.
Best fantasy books – Catwings series by Ursula Le Guin. We love both reading them and listening to the stories on CD. I am looking forward to Smarty reading other stories by Ursula Le Guin one day, since she is one of my favorite fantasy writers.
Best books about animals – shared by Life-Size Zoo and Out of Sight. Both books are interactive, full of information and have fantastic photography.
Best (quirkiest and funniest) math book – 365 Penguins. We took it from the library several times, and I see us doing it again when daughter is a bit older.
Best geography book – Around the World with Mouk. Engaging illustrations, interesting story lines and a lot of details. It’s followed closely by Follow the Line Around the World, but the story is lacking here.
Best poetry book – You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You series and any other book by Mary Ann Hoberman. We love her books and I grab them as soon as I see a new one.
New author we love – Julia Donaldson. We started with The Snail and the Whale and loved every single book we read by her.
Most requested book – Rikki Tikki Tavi. Smarty specifically liked this version that I linked up to even though she did read an original version that we had at home as well.
The book I most enjoyed reading aloud – Jenny Linsky stories. We still have a couple in this series we didn’t read, and I am planning to catch up on them in 2012.
The book most recommended for home library – A Family Treasury of Little Golden Books. This is a great buy, especially if you have multiple children under 5. This is a great collection that will last for years. 
Your turn: What were your favorite children books of 2011?
Thank you everyone who participated in WMCIR link ups of 2011! Happy New Year and see you next week “on the other side” Smile


Mom and Kiddo said...

It's funny, after I posted my best of 2011 list I thought of so many more books that I would have liked to have put on it! I'm so glad to hear you have been enjoying the Catwings and the Jenny Linsky books. These are some of our "old-fashioned" favorites, too.

Christy said...

C and I read all of the Catwings books this year and LOVED them!

Ticia said...

I love the story of Rikki Tikki Tavi. I wonder if my kids would enjoy it......

MaryAnne said...

Have you read The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton? We have enjoyed those old-fashioned books this year! "Press Here" was a huge favorite in our house this year, along with "Where's Walrus" and "When Dinosaurs Came With Everything". And "Olive, the Other Reindeer" =)

Happy New Year!!!

Anya said...

Catwings series sounds like a fun read, will definitely check it out.

Rikki-Tiki-tavi is a very popular read in our house too :)

Happy New Year!

Jackie H. said...

Thank you so much for the mention :) I love how you did yours in categories. I love the Catwings books. I remember reading those with students when I was teaching. I really like that you exposed Anna to a variety of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. It's a goal of mine to incorporate more nonfiction in 2012!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Wow! I'm impressed you could pick favorites. We read so many good books this year, I'm not sure I could pin it down!

Kim said...

Thanks for this list. I can't wait to go check these out!

Alina Stefanescu Coryell said...

So cool to discover all these Catwing-loving moms!