Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Top 20 Children's Books of 2012 [#15-11]


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Welcome to day two of the Jonker-Schu Top 20 Books of 2012 celebration. If you missed yesterday's post, please click here and here to read about books #20-16.  



Visit Mr. Scope's excellent blog to read our blurbs. 




Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin [Roaring Brook Press | Grades K-4]


Rick Margolis interviewed Jason Chin.





The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis [Wendy Lamb Books | Grades 4-7]







Christopher Paul Curtis visited Irving Elementary School.


"I have four rules for young people who want to be writers, and the first rule is -- and you've got to follow these. Rule number one is to write every day..." -Christopher Paul Curtis


Libraries have always been very special to Christopher Paul Curtis.



Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman; illustrated by Dan Yaccarino [Alfred A. Knopf | Grades K-2]


I chatted with Crystal Brunelle about the time Ame Dyckman Skyped with her students.


Colby Sharp's son LOVES Boy + Bot.


Ame and Dan participated in a Sharp-Schu trifecta.


Ame Dyckman finished my sentences on September 14, 2012.




And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano; illustrated by Erin E. Stead [Roaring Brook Press | Grades PreK-2]



Download the And Then It's Spring activity guide.

Caldecott Medalist Erin E. Stead and Then It's Spring were featured on Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.


"Personally I haven't seen a picture book since The Carrot Seed that so brilliantly explores the idea of life and hope coming out of a seed." -Anita Silvey




Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin [Little, Brown | Grades 3-6]


Download the Starry River of the Sky activity kit. 



Grace Lin answers questions about Starry River of the Sky



Newbery Honor-winning author Grace Lin reads the first chapter of Starry River of the Sky



Take a peek inside Starry River of the Sky


Grace Lin shares her two babies. 

                                           #20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1

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