Extra Yarn written by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen, Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 4–7 years.
Z Is for Moose written by Kelly Bingham, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky, Greenwillow, 3–5 years.
Jimmy the Greatest! written by Jairo Buitrago, illus. by Rafael Yockteng, trans. by Elisa Amado, Groundwood, 4–7 years.
Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Mônica Carnesi, Paulsen/Penguin, 3–5 years.
And Then It’s Spring written by Julie Fogliano, illus. by Erin E. Stead, Porter/Roaring Brook, 4–7 years.
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale, Lee & Low, 3–5 years.
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen, Candlewick, 4–7 years.
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Porter/Roaring Brook, 2–5 years.
A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead, Porter/Roaring Brook, 4–7 years.
Chickadee [Birchbark House] by Louise Erdrich, Harper/HarperCollins, 8–11 years.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Dutton, 14–17 years.
Penny and Her Doll by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow, 4–7 years.
A Certain October by Angela Johnson, Simon, 14–17 years.
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan, Knopf, 14–17 years.
My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt, Ferguson/Farrar, 14–17 years.
Little White Duck: A Childhood in China written by Na Liu and Andrés Vera Martínez, illus. by Andrés Vera Martínez, Graphic Universe/Lerner, 8–11 years.
No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illus. by R. Gregory Christie, Carolrhoda LAB, 12–15 years.
Dodger by Terry Pratchett, Harper/HarperCollins, 9–12 years.
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz, Candlewick, 9–14 years.
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead, Lamb/Random, 9–14 years.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Hyperion, 14–17 years.
Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin written and illustrated by Robert Byrd, Dial, 8–11 years.
Island: A Story of the Galápagos written and illustrated by Jason Chin, Porter/Roaring Brook, 4–7 years.
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose, Farrar, 12–17 years.
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson, Scholastic, 9–14 years.
The Fairy Ring: Or, Elsie and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure, Candlewick, 8–11 years.
Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin, Flash Point/Roaring Brook, 12–15 years.
These titles were featured in the December 2012 special Fanfare issue of Notes from the Horn Book.