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Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2011 announced

Among the many children's books published last year, 13 were chosen by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book to form A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2011.

Winners include: "Bunny Days" by Tao Nyeu (Dial); "Chalk" by Bill Thomson (Cavendish); "City Dog, Country Frog" by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J. Muth (Hyperion); "Dogs" by Emily Gravett (Simon & Schuster); "Frankie Works the Night Shift" by Lisa Westberg Peters, illustrated by Jennifer Taylor (Greenwillow); "I Am a Backhoe" by Anna Grossnickle Hines (Tricycle); "Little Pink Pup" by Johanna Kerby (Putnam); "Mad at Mommy" by Komako Sakai (Arthur A. Levine); "Our Grandparents: A Global Album" by Maya Ajmera, Sheila Kinkade, and Cynthia Pon (Charlesbridge); "Please Take Me for a Walk" by Susan Gal (Knopf); "Roly Poly Pangolin" by Anna Dewdney (Viking); "Soup Day" by Melissa Iwai (Holt); and "We Are in a Book!" by Mo Willems (Hyperion).

Selection criteria, annotations, tips for using the books, and more are available at A Baker’s Dozen website at

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, sponsored by the Penn State University Libraries, is one of 51 similar organizations nationwide established by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Its mission is to study, honor, celebrate, and promote books, reading, libraries, and literacy to the citizens and residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information, visit or contact Karla M. Schmit, assistant director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, at 814-863-5521.

Last Updated February 24, 2011