I hope lots of books will be on your holiday shopping list this year! And now that so many children’s books are available in print or e-book editions, you can choose how to gift them. So, given there are at least 30,000 children’s books published every year, where do you even start to look for gifts? This time of year there are lots of reputable newspapers, magazines and review journals that post their “best children’s books of 2012.” I’ve selected some of the best “best of 2012” lists so you can find the perfect present for all the children in your life. And having read most of these titles myself over the past twelve months, I can vouch for just about all of them:
I’d suggest starting out with the New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2012, a few of my favorites on this list include Wonder, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, I’m Bored, and This is Not My Hat.
Then, why not hop over to School Library Journal to peruse their Best Books of 2012 (because, after all, school librarians know a thing or two about children’s books!). I particularly recommend Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, In a Glass Grimly, and, Lemony Snicket’s new book (!), Who Could That Be At This Hour?
For an extensive list with lots of young tween and picture book titles, check out Kirkus Reviews' Best Children’s Books of 2012. You have lots of great choices on this list, but I’d suggest taking a closer look at Extra Yarn, The One and Only Ivan (my personal favorite of the year), I Have a Dream, and The Summer of the Gypsy Moths.
I’ll make a pitch for buying these books from your local independent bookstores – they need your support! But, if Amazon.com is your cup of tea, the site also releases two great lists every year:
Amazon.com Best Books of 2012: Picture Books
Remember The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore? It won an Oscar for best short this year. I bet you didn’t know that it started out as a picture book (and it’s highly recommended)! Don’t miss Mo Willems’ The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? or James Dean and Eric Litwin’s Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.
Amazon.com Best Books of 2012: Middle Grade
You’ll see a bunch of titles I mentioned earlier like The One and Only Ivan and Wonder make this list as well. I’d also like to shout out See You at Harry’s and The High Skies Adventure of Blue Jay the Pirate.There you have it: all the bookish gifts you need in one place. Happy shopping!
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