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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