Best Children’s Books of 2011

You’re always looking for good books for your kids. Check out these recent Newbery, Caldecott winners:

“Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos won the John Newbery Medal for the best children’s book of 2011. Chris Raschka’s “A Ball for Daisy” won the Randolph Caldecott award for best illustrated story.

The Newbery and Caldecott prizes, the most prestigious in children’s literature, were announced earlier this year by the American Library Association. Previous winners include Louis Sachar’s “Holes” and Brian Selznick’s “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” the basis for Martin Scorsese’s film “Hugo.”

Kadir Nelson’s “Heart and Soul,” won the Coretta Scott King Book Award 2011 for best African-American story. The King prize for best illustrated book went to Shane W. Evans’ “Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom.”

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