NYPL's Children's Books 2011: Early Chapter Books
Annotation:Princesses? Ew! Marty would rather catch frogs than wear tiaras, but when she's cast as a princess in a class production of The Frog Prince, she finds a way to combine the things she loves with the things she detests.
Annotation:Oluwalase Babalunde Benson (aka No. 1) and his friend Coca-Cola pitch in whenever a problem needs to be solved. Vibrant spot illustrations enliven this collection of witty and whimsical short stories.
Annotation:Spunky's owners, the Bateses, have never learned to speak dog, so he tells us his story from his own perspective. When his family brings home Fiona, a clumsy cat, Spunky must learn to get along with her and communicate better with his humans.
Annotation:What do toys do when we aren't there? How do they feel about things? StingRay, Lumpy, and Plastic give us a window into the lives of our beloved toys in this prequel to the classic bedtime series.
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As children's librarians shared this year's newest books with the children in their local libraries, it became clear that the old adage - the more things change, the more they stay the same - is truer than ever. From Xboxes to iPads, from Wii consoles to the hottest apps, technology ages in a blink of an eye, but the timelessness of a good tale will always engage even the most tech-savvy child. Here are some of the best early chapter books of the 2011 year. Enjoy them with your families.