Goodreads Choice Awards 2012–Picture Books

The GoodReads Choice Awards were voted on by users of GoodReads.  The results are now in and the Best Picture Book of 2012 is:

Olivia and the Fairy Princess by Ian Falconer

The other top vote getters that round out the top ten are:


The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin


This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown


Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo Willems

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett


Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by David Small

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

This Week’s Tweets and Pins

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts this week that you might find interesting:


25 of the Most Wonderful Book Covers of the Year – Entertainment – The Atlantic Wire #yalit #kidlit

2012 Nerdy Book Club Award Nominees « Nerdy Book Club

Children’s books that would make good gifts – Books – The Boston Globe

Christmas 2012: children’s books of the year – Telegraph

Festive Books for Children booklist | Booktrust #kidlit

Great New 2012 Teen Reads For International Day of Persons With Disabilities | The Hub

New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2012

NYT upgrades children’s bestseller lists for a digital era — paidContent

Young Latino Students Don’t See Themselves in Books



Can a ‘Spotify for books’ really work? — paidContent

Kindles For Kids: Amazon Launches Service For Children’s Games, Videos And Books



Everyone Achieves at NYPL | The New York Public Library



A cautionary tale: Putting your business in the hands of Facebook

Instagram Declares War on Twitter, Social Media Loses

Why I love Twitter and barely tolerate Facebook — I.M.H.O. — Medium



9th Grade English Assignment Prompts Some Parents To Ask For Book Ban for Perks of Being a Wallflower – #yalit

"The Legacy of Katniss, or, Why We Should Stop ‘Protecting’ Manhood and Teach Boys to Embrace the Heroine"

MIND MELD: Great Books to Read During Winter – SF Signal –

MT @TLT16 has a thoughtful essay "We NEED YA books for Teens…." where they discuss the influx of adult #YA readers:

The Norton Jury on the Norton Award: Why It’s Important for All SFWA Members #yalit

Review: The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

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The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

Mahlia and Mouse survive in the war-torn area near the Drowned Cities, living a hunger and danger filled life dodging soldiers from both sides of the war.  But you can only hide and dodge for so long, Mouse gets caught by a wounded half-man who was bioengineered solely for war, named Tool.  Tool holds Mouse hostage until Mahlia brings drugs to heal him.  Even that is not easy, because a squad of soldier boys, injured by Tool, is there demanding the same drugs that Mahlia needs to free Mouse. Things do not go as planned.  Soon their village is in flames, Mouse is captured by the soldier boys, and Mahlia has lost everything.  Now it is up to her to decide whether she is just going to go on hiding or take an impossible chance and head for the Drowned Cities.

The book is like a strong dark current that submerges the reader, pulling you deeper and deeper into the novel.  At times, the tension and horror gets to be overwhelming, and I would have to put the book down and take some deep breaths in the sun before diving right back into the darkness.  Bacigalupi writes with an amazing clarity and strength.  Here he tackles war from the point of view of children who are caught in a situation not of their making, but who will do almost anything to survive.  The issue of child soldiers is at the heart of this story, but it also touches on war itself and the atrocities that come along with it on both sides.

Happily, there is also a golden and true heart at the center of this story.  It comes from its three main characters: Mahlia, Mouse and Tool.  All three are entwined in the war and yet somehow apart from it too.  Their story is one of dedication, friendship, and loyalty.  All things that are far too rare in the rest of this dark world.  Against that darkness, the three shine.

If you enjoyed Ship Breaker, this second book returns to the same setting but features different characters.  It’s an amazing feat to create a sequel just as good as the first, and Bacigalupi achieves that here.  Appropriate for ages 16-18.

Reviewed from library copy.

GoodReads Choice Awards 2012–YA Fantasy & SF

After 1 million votes were cast, the winners of the GoodReads 2012 awards have been announced.  The winner of the top spot for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction is:

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Here are the other books that round out the top ten:


City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver


The Selection by Kiera Cass

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore