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Horn Book Fanfare 2012

I’m pleased to give you Fanfare 2012, the Horn Book’s choices for the best children’s and YA books of the year. The complete annotated list will be sent to all Notes From the Horn Book subscribers next Wednesday (sign up now) and will appear in the January/February 2013 issue of the Horn Book Magazine.


Picture Books

Extra Yarn; written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins). Review 1/12

Z Is for Moose; written by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky (Greenwillow). Review 3/12

Jimmy the Greatest!; written by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng, translated from the Spanish by Elisa Amado (Groundwood). Review 7/12

Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic; written and illustrated by Mônica Carnesi (Paulsen/Penguin). Review 1/12

And Then It’s Spring; written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead (Porter/Roaring Brook). Review 1/12

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building; written and illustrated by Christy Hale (Lee & Low). Review 1/13

This Is Not My Hat; written and illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick). Review 9/12

Green; written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Porter/Roaring Brook). Review 3/12

A Home for Bird; written and illustrated by Philip C. Stead (Porter/Roaring Brook). Review 7/12



Chickadee [Birchbark House]; written and illustrated by Louise Erdrich (Harper/HarperCollins). Review 9/12

The Fault in Our Stars; written by John Green (Dutton). Review 3/12

Penny and Her Doll; written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow). Review 9/12

A Certain October; written by Angela Johnson (Simon). Review 9/12

The Brides of Rollrock Island; written by Margo Lanagan (Knopf). Review 9/12

My Book of Life by Angel; written by Martine Leavitt (Ferguson/Farrar). Review 11/12

Little White Duck: A Childhood in China; written by Na Liu and Andrés Vera Martínez, illustrated by Andrés Vera Martínez (Graphic Universe/Lerner). Review 9/12

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller; written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Carolrhoda LAB). Review 3/12

Dodger; written by Terry Pratchett (Harper/HarperCollins). Review 11/12

Splendors and Glooms; written by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick). Review 9/12

Liar & Spy; written by Rebecca Stead (Lamb/Random). Review 9/12

Code Name Verity; written by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion). Review 5/12



Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin; written and illustrated by Robert Byrd (Dial). Review 11/12

Island: A Story of the Galápagos; written and illustrated by Jason Chin (Porter/Roaring Brook). Review 9/12

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95; written by Phillip Hoose (Farrar). Review 7/12

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster; written by Deborah Hopkinson (Scholastic). Review 3/12

The Fairy Ring: Or, Elsie and Frances Fool the World; written by Mary Losure (Candlewick) Review 3/12

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon; written by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook). Review 11/12

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. What does the review number beside each book, 3/12, 9/12, 11/12, etc. mean?

  2. The numbers indicate the dates of the review. 3/12 = March 2012, etc.

  3. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    Sorry, did not mean to be cryptic! Yes, it’s the Horn Book Magazine issue date. I hope people weren’t wondering “so how does a book that only scored a ONE out of TWELVE make the list? Jeez!”

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