Best Children’s Books of 2012

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After much deliberation, and reading, and looking… is my list of the best children’s books of the past year.


Hippopposites by Janik Coat

Picture My Day by Severine Cordier

Day by Day by Susan Gal

Dreaming Up by Christy Hale

I Can Do It Myself! by Stephen Krensky

Now I Am Big! by Stephen Krensky

Everyone Eats by Julia Kuo

Picture Books

The Bear in the Book by Kate Banks

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Charley’s First Night by Amy Hest

Machines Go to Work in the City by William Low

The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead

Cold Snap by Eileen Spinelli

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs byMo Willems

Nighttime Ninja by Ed Young

Early Readers

Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford

Captain Awesome (several books in this popular series were published this year) by Stan Kirby

Libby of High Hopes by Elise Primavera

Let’s Go For a Drive! (Elephant and Piggie) by Mo Willems

Middle Grade Novels

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

The Creature From the Seventh Grade by Bob Balaban

One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin

Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland by Catherynee Valente

Young Adult Novels

Sophia’s War by Avi

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Shadow on the Mountain by Margie Preus

Son by Lois Lowry

Drama by Raina Telegmeier

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein


City Fish, Country Fish by Mary Cerullo

Unusual Creatures by Michael Hearst

The Amazing Harry Kellar by Gail Jarrow

One Times Square by Joseph McKendry

The Giant and How He Humbugged America by Jim Murphy

Happy Reading!


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