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Miss Carol's Favorite Children's Books from 2012

Here is a list of favorite book finds from this past year. The list includes picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books for children of all ages.




Art CollectorThe Art Collector by Jan Wahl, illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet (jj WAHL)

A little boy who is not pleased with his own artistic efforts but treasures his great-grandmother's drawing goes on to collect art throughout his life.



Cazuela Farm MaidenThe Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Rafael López (jj VAMOS)

A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares "Arroz con Leche," or rice pudding.

Creepy CarrotsCreepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, pictures by Peter Brown (jj REYNOLD)

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

DotDot by Patricia Intriago (jj INTRIAG)

Pairs of circular shapes convey opposite relationships in the arc of a day.



Fall Mixed UpFall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Chad Cameron (jj RACZKA)

The delights of autumn are described in mixed-up verse and illustrations, and the reader is challenged to uncover the errors.




FuddlesFuddles by Frans Vischer (jj VISCHER)

When Fuddles the cat escapes from his house and goes to explore the great outdoors, his adventure is more taxing than he expected it to be.



Goodnight Construction SiteGoodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld (jj RINKER)

At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.

Magrettes HatMagritte’s Marvelous Hat by D.B. Johnson (jj JOHNSON)

When painter Magritte, depicted as a well-dressed, floppy-eared dog, buys a playful--and mysterious--hat, his painting enjoys a burst of creativity. Inspired by the art of French surrealist painter René Magritte.



MossyMossy by Jan Brett (jj BRETT)

Mossy, a turtle with a garden growing on her shell, is taken from her home and new friend to become an exhibit in a museum, until the director's niece, Tory, notices how sad Mossy is and helps arrange for her to go home.

Prudence Wants a PetPrudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly, illustrations by Stephen Michael King (jj DALY)

Prudence wants a pet so much that she adopts a branch, a twig, a tire, and even a shoe named Formal Footwear, but none is a suitable pet for Prudence.


Suppose You Meet DinosaurSuppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Tim Bowers (jj SIERRA)

Illustrates basic polite behavior that one might need to use while grocery shopping at the same time as a dinosaur.


Waking DragonsWaking Dragons by Jane Yolen, paintings by Derek Anderson (jj YOLEN)

In the morning, dragons wake up, tumble out of bed, and get ready to fly into the sky.



WonTonWon-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (jj WARDLAW)

A cat arrives at a shelter, arranges to go home with a good family, and settles in with them, all the while letting them know who is boss and, finally, sharing his real name.


Worst of FriendsWorst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain (jj JURMAIN)

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson put aside their differences in the name of friendship.





    BreadcrumbsBreadcrumbs by Anne Ursu (j URSU)

    Hazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a magical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of saving Jack's life.



    EddieEddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe by Scott Gustafson (j GUSTAFS)

    Edgar Poe, aided by the imp McCobber, has twenty-four hours to prove himself innocent of an act of mischief committed at the home of the judge who lives beside John Allan, foster father of the orphaned author-to-be.




    Lights on the NileLights on the Nile by Donna Jo Napoli (j NAPOLI)

    Ten-year-old Kepi, a young girl in ancient Egypt, embarks on a journey to save her family when she is unexpectedly taken captive, along with the baby baboon she has rescued from a crocodile. An origin tale about fairies.

    Amber Brown Tickled PinkPaula Danziger’s Amber Brown Is Tickled Pink by Bruce Coville and Elizabeth Levy (jj 3-4 DANZIGE)

    Nine-year-old Amber is nervous and excited about her mother's wedding to Max, but Amber's father makes things complicated.




    Who Could That Be“Who Could That Be At This Hour?”: All the Wrong Questions, Book 1 by Lemony Snicket (j SNICKET)

    Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson of the secretive V.F.D. in the tiny dot of a town called Stain'd By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a statue.





    Citizen ScientistsCitizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery From Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns (j 590.72 BURNS)

    Shows young readers how a citizen scientist learns about butterflies, birds, frogs, and ladybugs.

    If You Lived HereIf You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche (j 392.3 LAROCHE)

    Features detailed, bas-relief collage spreads of dwellings in other world regions and historical times to explain how different people live and have lived, from a village house in South Africa to a floating green house in the Netherlands.


    WumbersWumbers: It's a Word Cr8ed with a Number! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (j 793.73 ROSENTH)

    Shares illustrated clues and alphanumeric combinations that substitute numbers for letters with the same sound.