Friday, January 11, 2013

Best Children's Books of 2012: Round-up of Reviewers' Picks

Hey, list lovers! Want to find out what the reviewers have chosen as the best children's books and top trends for 2012? The reviewers have culled through hundreds of books before making their verdicts. Some of their pronouncements might delight you, some might annoy, and some might even surprise.

Here's a round-up of a few lists from key book review publications:

Don't miss School Library Journal's hilarious look back at children's lit in 2012.
School Library Journal
2012 Children's Lit: The Year in Miscellanea 

For a more serious look from an esteemed journal, check out the Horn Book's picks.
Horn Book
Horn Book Fanfare: Our Choices For The Best Books of 2012

For other choices from major review sources stop by these three publications:

Publishers Weekly
PW Best Books of 2012

Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2012

BookPage Best Children's Books of 2012

Now, I'm not saying I agree with their picks. List-making makes me a little uneasy since so many fantastic books get left out. Also, reviewers often tend to choose more serious books over humorous ones. But lists do help provide some guidance at discovering new books for reading pleasure. What do you think? Do you have any favorites of 2012 that aren't mentioned? Your comments are welcome.

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  1. My favorite picture books this year were Neville by Norton Juster and Noah Webster and his Words by Jeri Chase Ferris. My favorite MG books were A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice and One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I listed some other great choices along with these on a December post you can find here:
    Thanks for the post. It's interesting to see what the pros like.

  2. Hi Rosi! Thanks for sharing your book picks. Kathy

  3. Hi, Kathy. Thanks for pulling together this beautiful list. I need to hurry up and look through all the posts before the big awards later this month. I'm a little behind for 2012. I finally borrowed the picture book Extra Yarn from the library and have Balloons Over Broadway on hold. I'm getting least for the picture books!

  4. Thanks for this - I'm always looking for lists to help me choose library books - interesting how many of the books appear on more than one list. Sad to say I've only read a few of the picks - so far:)

    Jan Coates