Black Friday 2011: Best Children's Books of 2011 to Buy in the Sales

Scholastic, one of the leading publishers of children's books worldwide, has released its list of the top children's books for this year's holiday season.

The publishers behind Scholastic Book Fairs and Scholastic Book Clubs released their go-to list for parents and shoppers to find the right book for kids of all ages.

"Parents, grandparents and educators all know the value of giving the gift of reading to kids, but we know they also struggle to compete with the hot new toy, electronic device or video on the market," said Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer at Scholastic in a statement.

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Alexander added, "This list was curated by the experts at Scholastic Book Clubs and Book Fairs to help shoppers identify the books that will be sure to delight a child as much as any other favorite gift."

Scholastic details the best books in several genres of children's literature.

Picture Books

- 10 Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Lois Ehlert (Simon & Schuster)

- Can You See What I See? Toyland Express written and illustrated by Walter Wick (Scholastic)

- If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond (HarperCollins)

- The Man in the Moon written and illustrated by William Joyce (Simon & Schuster)

- Pinkalicious: The Princess of Pink Treasury written and illustrated by Victoria Kann (HarperCollins)

Transitional Readers and Chapter Books

- Clementine and The Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee (Disney Hyperion Books)

- Fly Guy: Fly Guy vs. The Flyswatter! by Tedd Arnold (Scholastic)

- Magic Tree House: Dogs in the Dead of Night by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca (Random House)

- Rainbow Magic: Magical Holiday Boxed Set by Daisy Meadows (Scholastic)

- Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers by Dav Pilkey, George Beard, and Harold Hutchins (Scholastic)

Middle Grade Fiction

- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney (Abrams)

- The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion Books)

- The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book 2: A King's Ransom by Jude Watson (Scholastic)

- War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (Scholastic)

- Wonderstruck written and illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)

Young Adult Fiction

- Crossed by Ally Condie (Penguin)

- Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (Random House)

- Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion Books)

- The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)


- How Cool Is This: An Up-close, Inside Look at How Things Work (DK Publishing)

- The Hugo Movie Companion: A Behind the Scenes Look at How a Beloved Book Became a Major Motion Picture by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)

- Lego Harry Potter: Building The Magical World (DK Publishing)

- Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia (DK Publishing)

- Ripley's Believe It or Not!: Special Edition 2012 (Scholastic)

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