2012 Notable Children’s Books–Older Readers

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) annually recognizes a list of the best books for children.  The list is a lengthy one, so I’ll break it up by ages, as the committee does.  The links head to GoodReads.

Here is the list for Older Readers:


Amelia lost : the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart. By Candace Fleming.

Anya’s ghost. By Vera Brosgol.

Between shades of gray. By Ruta Sepetys.


Billions of years, amazing changes: The story of evolution. By Laurence Pringle, Illus. by Steve Jenkins.

Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor by Larry Dane Brimner.

Blizzard of glass: the Halifax explosion of 1917. By Sally M. Walker.


Bluefish. By Pat Schmatz. 

Bootleg: murder, moonshine, and the lawless years of prohibition. By Karen Blumenthal.

Dead End in Norvelt. By Jack Gantos.


Drawing from memory. By Allen Say.

The elephant scientist. By Caitlin O’Connell;Donna M. Jackson, Illus. by Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwell.

The fingertips of Duncan Dorfman. By Meg Wolitzer.


Flyaway. By Lucy Christopher.

Hidden. By Helen Frost.

The house Baba built : an artist’s childhood in China. By Ed Young.


How they croaked : the awful ends of the awfully famous. By Georgia Bragg, Illus. by Kevin O’Malley.

Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck. By Margarita Engle.

Into the unknown : how great explorers found their way by land, sea, and air. By Stewart Ross, Illus. by Stephen Biesty.


Jefferson’s sons : a founding father’s secret children. By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Lost & found. By Shaun Tan.

A monster calls. By Patrick Ness.


Music was it : young Leonard Bernstein. By Susan Goldman Rubin.

Okay for now. By Gary D. Schmidt. 

Queen of hearts. By Martha Brooks.


Raggin’, jazzin’, rockin’ : American musical instrument makers. By Susan VanHecke. 

The Scorpio Races. By Maggie Stiefvater.

Sita’s Ramayana. By Samhita Arni, Illus. by Moyna Chitrakar.


Space, stars, and the beginning of time : what the Hubble telescope saw. By Elaine Scott.

Stones for my father. By Trilby Kent. 

Tall story. By Candy Gourlay.


Terezin : voices from the Holocaust. By Ruth Thomson.

Under the mesquite. By Guadalupe Garcia McCall.

Witches! the absolutely true tale of disaster in Salem. By Rosalyn Schanzer.

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