Monday, December 31, 2012

Secrets & Sharing Soda's Books of the Year (2012)

It's the last day of 2012, so it's time to tally up the books I've read and choose my favorites.

First, the stats:

I read 1516 books this year (16 more than my goal, and 500 more than last year). They break down as follows:

From these books, I have selected my favorites in the categories and genres that I regularly review. My criteria for selecting these books were: literary quality, kid appeal, personal enjoyment of the book, and potential use in story time/library programs. Titles link to my reviews.



Favorite Young Adult Contemporary Novel 

Since You Left Me
by Allen Zadoff
 
(Egmont USA)

Honorable Mention:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Dutton Books - Penguin Group)
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (Knopf Books for Young Readers - Random House)
Nothing Special by Geoff Herbach (Sourcebooks Fire)

Favorite Middle Grade Novel 
by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
(Charlesbridge) 

Honorable Mention: 
The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone (Arthur A. Levine Books- Scholastic)
Ruby Redfort: Look into My Eyes by Lauren Child ( HarperCollins Children's Books)
About Average by Andrew Clements (Atheneum Books for Young Readers- Simon & Schuster)


Favorite Chapter Book
Stella Batts: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
by Courtney Sheinmel, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell

(Sleeping Bear Press) 

Honorable Mention: 
Hooey Higgins and the Shark by Steve Voake (Candlewick Press)
Ivy and Bean Make the Rules by Annie Barrows (Chronicle Books)
Calvin Coconut: Rocket Ride by Graham Salisbury (Wendy Lamb Books - Random House)

Favorite Easy Reader 
by Jeff Mack
(Philomel Books - Penguin Group)

Honorable Mention: 
Bink and Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile (Candlewick Press)
Penny and her Doll by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books - Harper Collins)

Favorite Picture Book
by Katie Cleminson
(Disney-Hyperion)

Honorable Mention:
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Balzer + Bray- Harper Collins)
Faster! Faster! by Leslie Patricelli (Candlewick Press)
Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by G. Brian Karas  (Schwartz & Wade  - Random House)


Favorite Book in Graphic Format
Secret Diary
by Julien Neel
(Lerner Publishing Group)
Honorable Mention:
Her Permanent Record by Jimmy Gownley (Atheneum Books for Young Readers- Simon & Schuster)

What were your favorite books of 2012? Did you nominate them for Cybils? Tomorrow, find out the names of the finalists in each category over on the Cybils blog.

4 comments :

  1. Oh, Katie! Thank you so much for your kind words about Flying the Dragon! And as a librarian, you've given me some great titles to explore for my school library. Thank you, and Happy 2013 to you!

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  2. So incredibly honored to be on this list. Thank you, thank you!

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  3. Thank you, thank you for including STELLA on the list -- what an honor!

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