Books for Your Shelve(s)
A Is for Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingngan.
Illus. by Matthew Myers.
Roaring Brook (9781596436763)
A musk ox has a reason why he should represent each letter.
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson.
Illus. by E.B. Lewis.
Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books (9780399246524)
Chloe and the other students ignore "Never New Maya" because of her poverty.
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.
Roaring Brook (9781596433977)
Green means so many things, as the cutouts and turned pages reveal.
Oh, No! by Candace Fleming.
Illus. by Eric Rohmann.
Random/Schwartz & Wade Books (9780375842719)
One animal after another falls into a deep hole, and looks to be a meal for a lurking tiger.
Oh, No George! by Chris Haughton.
George, the dog, wants to do the right thing, wants to be good, but sometimes it?s just so hard . . .
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen.
A small fish steals a small hat from a big fish, but he?s not worried about any retribution.
Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham.
Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky.
Zebra is organizing the alphabet revue, but Moose just can?t wait its turn.
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass:
The Story Behind an American Friendship by Russell Freedman.
The story behind the friendship of two men born poor who rose to national prominence.
Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It by Gail Carson Levine.
Illus. by Matthew Cordell.
False apologies from characters in fairy tales, nursery rhymes and other tricksters.
In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz.
Jack and Jill run away from home to find a magic mirror to help with their hearts? desires.
Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin.
Roaring Brook (9781596437166)
A "biography" of the Galapagos island from its birth to adulthood and beyond.
Last Laughs by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen.
Illus. by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins.
A pun-filled collection of last statements about various animals.
Noah Webster and His Words by Jerri Chase Ferris.
Illus. by Vincent X. Kirsch.
From founding father to a founder of the dictionary, Noah Webster worked for America and its English.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.
Illus. by Patricia Castelao.
Ivan, a gorilla in a tired mall, is determined to find a better laugh for a baby elephant.
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin.
An innkeeper?s chore boy learns how a visitor?s stories hold the key to returning the moon to the sky.
Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad
by Henry Cole.
A young Southern farm girl finds a runaway slave and decides to help him in this wordless book.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Auggie has extreme facial abnormalities, and wants only to be seen as just another student in his new school.
Almost Home by Joan Bauer.
Sugar uses her good sense to try to help her mother see the truth and keep the two of them together.
Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World?s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin.
Roaring Brook (9781596434875)
All of the intrigue and suspense that came with developing "the gadget".
Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close.
Kids ask questions of the famous portrait artist in this book that features the artist?s self portraits.
Fourmile by Watt Key
A mysterious stranger arrives at a boy?s rundown Alabama farm home, and brings a special kind of wisdom.
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
by Andrea Davis Pinkney.
Illus. by Brian Pinkney.
Disney/Jump at the Sun Books (9781423142577)
Stories of ten men from different eras who impacted American history.
The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure by Martin W. Sandler.
300 men were trapped (and rescued) in this true story of an amazing arctic adventure.
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead.
Georges and Safer try to learn the truth about a shady building tenant and each other.
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.
Miss Moses LoBeau, rising sixth grader, lives in a small town where everyone?s business is everyone else?s in this story that has everything - a murder, car racing, romance, etc.
Of the many good books published in 2012, this list represents my top 25. This is my annual list of books published during the year that I recommend as well-written, popular with kids, appropriate for a variety of strategies, and unique. In addition, each of these books can be used effectively in one or more curriculum areas. You will find a balance of books from a wide variety of genres. The indicated grade level is the youngest age at which the selected book is appropriate, but, most can be used with older readers, as well.