"As 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. Stories celebrating the natural curiosity of young toddlers, great feats of derring-do, and the joyous homecoming of a parent, alongside tales of bravery in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds—leavened with a dash of humor—were what held sway this year.
As you peruse this list, feel free to immerse yourself in these favorites of 2011 as selected by the staff of The New York Public Library.
Committee: Jenny Berggren, Elizabeth Bird, Clarissa Cooke, Katie Crook, Ryan Donovan, Ricca Gaus, Rebecca Gueorguiev, Tiffany James, Louise Lareau, Sarah McDonald, Robyn Mutnick, Danita Nichols, Theresa Panza, Kristy Raffensberger, Jill Rothstein, Amy Schaub, Stephanie Whelan, and Sue Yee. Dina Brasseur and Jeanne Lamb, chairs."
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