2012 Notable Children’s Books

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2012 list of Notable Children’s Books in March. The list is divided into four categories: younger readers, middle readers, older readers, and all ages. The books are judged to be of “special interest, quality, creativity and value to children 14 years of age and younger.” A selection of the titles are listed below along with links to the Minuteman Library Network with a full annotated list of the selected books is located on ALA’s website.


All the Water in the World. By George Ella Lyon, Illus. by Katherine Tillotson, Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

A Ball for Daisy. By Chris Raschka, Illus. by the author, Schwartz & Wade Books.

See Me Run. By Paul Meisel, Illus. by the author. Holiday House.

Tales for Very Picky Eaters. By Josh Schneider, Illus. by the author, Clarion Books.

Me…Jane. By Patrick McDonnell, Illus. by the author. Little, Brown.


Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. By Melissa Sweet, Illus. by the author. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.

Breaking Stalin’s Nose. By Eugene Yelchin, Illus. by the author, Henry Holt.

The Great Migration: Journey to the North. By Eloise Greenfield, Illus. by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. HarperCollins Children’s Books/Amistad.

Inside Out and Back Again. By Thanhha Lai. HarperCollins.

The Lily Pond. By Annika Thor. Trans. by Linda Schenck. Delacorte Press.

Soldier Bear. By Bibi Dumon Tak, Illus. by Philip Hopman. Trans. by Laura Watkinson. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

Underground. By Shane Evans, Illus. by Shane Evans. Roaring Brook Press.


Between Shades of Gray. By Ruta Sepetys. Philomel Books.

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition. By Karen Blumenthal. Roaring Brook Press.

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

Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein. By Susan Goldman Rubin. Charlesbridge.

The Scorpio Races. By Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic Press.

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem. By Rosalyn Schanzer, Illus. by the author. National Geographic Society.

All Ages

Can We Save the Tiger?, By Martin Jenkins, Illus. by Vicky White. Candlewick Press.

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. By Kadir Nelson, Illus. by the author. Balzer + Bray.

Never Forgotten. By Patricia McKissack, Illus. by Leo and Diane Dillon. Schwartz & Wade Books.

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature. By Joyce Sidman, Illus. by Beth Krommes. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


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