What a wonderful year of books! Quickly before I change my mind, my twelve favourites of 2012 (I divided the love evenly between picture books and novels)
Yes, I am aware that Jon Klassen takes a starring role in this list 🙂
My personal challenge here is to do no more than 12 words of raving about each book. Possible? Let’s see . . .
Extra Yarn written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen
A town styled out in multi-coloured knitwear. Justice and magic win out.
This is not my Hat by Jon Klassen
Hat thievery in the big ocean. Much humour, little hope (sorry fish)
House Held Up By Trees written by Ted Kooser and illustrated by Jon Klassen
The trees are persistent and protective of life travelling on. Stunning illustrations.
Virginia Wolf written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
A dark mood, a hopeful sibling, and the magic of imagination.
Little Bird written by Germano Zullo and illustrated by Albertine
A book that celebrates finding joy in the smallest of things.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Become swept away and entangled in book love.
Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Choosing a friend can be an incredible act of bravery.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Be kinder than is necessary; a story to remind us how.
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
The power of unconditional love, the magic of resiliency . . .
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
A story of stories. Flies you through a myriad of emotions.
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
A world of prophecy, desperate searches for magic, the real and unreal.
Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Funny. Brilliant. Sad. No sappy. All wit.
Please share your own favourites of the year . . .
Carrie, you are book maniac, per your son, right? I’ve read & agree with all of these except for Code Name Verity-still haven’t gotten to it-on my list! And I think Bear Has A Story To Tell should be on the list too. I know I know, only 12-so hard! I think TFIOS & One for The Murphys are the best of all. Thanks for the list!
I’ve been called a book maniac by a few 🙂 Very funny that Bear Has a Story to Tell is your suggestion as I wavered on that one but yes, firm on the 12. For 2013, I get to make 13 choices! Code Name Verity is fantastic. My husband is reading it now. Thanks for the comment!
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