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Subject: Favorite Children's Books 2012
Date Posted: 1/29/2012 12:18 PM ET
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Inspired by this thread (***What is your book of the month/year 2012?***), I thought it'd be neat to so do something similar for children's books. We read through so many at our house, I tend to forget and they all blend together in my memory. Why don't we post our favorite children's books for each month? They don't have to be new books from 2012, only books you or your kid have read this year. Feel free to make your list as simple as you like. Not a reading challenge, no requirements, simply great suggestions!













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Date Posted: 1/29/2012 12:22 PM ET
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Since we go through so many books, I'll try, try, try to only post top three. My categories my change from time to time, depending on my whims.

January 2012

Kid's favorites (She's 1 yr, 9 m)

My favorites

Best illustrations


March blush

April surprise

May sad

June frown

July crying

August 2012

Kid's favorite: Pinkalicious: The Princess of Pink Slumber Party by Victoria Kann

September 2012

Kid's favorite: Miranda by Tricia Tusa

October 2012

Kid's favorite (2 1/2 years old) : Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr.

My favorite: Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly by Carolyn Parkhurst

Best illustrations: Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama & illustrated by Loren Long

November 2012

Kid's favorite: Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison

My favorite: The Juggling Pug by Sean Bryan

Best illustrations: Llama Llama Time to Share written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney

December 2012

Kid's favorite: Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest

My favorite: George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell

Best illustrations: Press Here by Hervé Tullet

Press Here is interactive but sturdy. (No little paper tabs or pop-ups to pull and rip!) Can be enjoyed by kids AND adults. (An overused cliche, but in this case, true.) One of the few children's books I would rush out and buy new.

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Date Posted: 2/3/2012 10:46 AM ET
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What a fun idea!  I'll have to dig through my Goodreads list and see if I can come up with something. 


Date Posted: 11/21/2012 8:33 AM ET
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So this year completely blindsided me with workload. Somewhere between March and September, I was reading to my daughter, but totally lost track. Oh well.. some role model (among the forums) I turn out to be!

Even if it's not month-by-month, did you read any memorable children's books this year?

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Date Posted: 11/30/2012 10:01 PM ET
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Turtle Tracks sounds like a wonderful ice cream flavor!

Date Posted: 12/19/2012 9:14 PM ET
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My son likes the following books.  This list is appropriate for ages 2-4, I would say.  My son is 2.

  • Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
  • Llama, Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
  • Llama, Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney
  • Llama, Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
  • Llama, Llama Home With Mama by Anna Dewdney
  • Llama, Llama Zippity Zoom by Anna Dewdney
  • Llama, Llama Hoppity Hop by Anna Dewdney
  • Llama, Llama Wakey Wake by Anna Dewdney
  • Llama, Llama Nighty Night by Anna Dewdney
  • Down by the Station by Will Hillenbrand
  • Kiss Goodnight by Amy Hest
  • Baby's Goodnight Book by Kay Chorao
  • Alphabet Rescue by Audrey & Bruce Wood
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
  • Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin, Michael Sampson, & Lois Ehlert
  • Love You Forever  by Robert Munsch
  • When You Were Very Small by Sophie Piper & Kristina Stephenson
  • Winter is the Warmest Season  by Lauren Stringer
  • Thomas' Magnetic Playbook by Tad Gadecki
  • All Aboard the Animal Train by Andrea Petrilek
  • Ten Rubber Duckies by Dawn Bentley
  • Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
  • Eight Silly Monkeys by ???
  • Good Night, Sweet Butterflies by Dawn Bentley
  • What Makes a Rainbow by Betty Ann Schwartz
Date Posted: 1/5/2013 8:07 AM ET
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Our favorite children's books for 2012 are...

Kid's favorite: Miranda by Tricia Tlusa

Kiddo can't decide for herself, yet. Afterall, she's two years old. But Miranda was the obivious choice. It's her name which keeps her coming back to it, and the story is complex enough that different things grab her attention everytime we read it.

My favorite: George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell

So simple and so funny. A book I wish I had written!

Best illustration: Tie between Anna Dewdney and Hervé Tullet who both write and illustrate their own books.

The conventional choice is Anna Dewdney in Llama Llama Red Pajama. We have a few of her books. Two things I love about her illustrations: she spreads her paintings across both pages and the texture of the paint and canvas is thick and visual. Makes me want to reach out and touch her paintings.

The unconentional choice is Hervé Tullet in Press Here (another books I wish I had written.) His illustrations do not represent the storyline - there is no storyline, simply a series of instructions. Text "Press the yellow dot," and  "Shake the book harder," etc. He's asking you to engage with the book on a phsyical level and it keeps you turning pages to find out what happens next. It's like an app, interactive and simple, colorful graphics. But thank goodness it's not an app! It's a great book for kids and grown-ups because of it's brillant simplicity.

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