Horn Book has announced their top picks for the best children’s and YA books of 2012:

PICTURE BOOKS

 

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale

 

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

  

A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead

Jimmy the Greatest! by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng

 

Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Monica Carnesi

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

 

FICTION

  

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

A Certain October by Angela Johnson

Chickadee by Louise Erdrich

  

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez

My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt

  

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Penny and Her Doll by Kevin Henkes

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

 

NONFICTION

  

Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd

The Fairy Ring: Or, Elsie and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure

  

Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson