Mr. Travis Jonker and I have been busy compiling a list of the best picture books, nonfiction, graphic novels, and middle-grade fiction published in 2012. Over the next four days, we will share our top picks with you.
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Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson. [Nobrow Press | Grades 3-6]
Take a peek inside Hilda and the Midnight Giant.
Wow, that's one LARGE Hilda.
Hilda and the Bird Parade will be released on April 2, 2013.
Here Come the Girl Scouts! by Shana Corey; illustrated by Hadley Hooper. [Scholastic Press | Grades 1-4]
Colby Sharp's fourth graders spent three weeks learning about biographies and reading Shana Corey's books. As a culminating activity, they Skyped with Shana about Here Come the Girl Scouts!
Scholastic Kid Reporter Grace McManus interviewed Shana Corey about Here Come the Girl Scouts!
"The research for this book was just plain fun. Everything — from meeting a friend of Daisy's great-niece in a random subway car, to opening an e-mail from and then corresponding with one of my personal heroes, Gloria Steinem (who happens to be a Girl Scout alum) — just fell into place in a way that was almost magical." -Shana Corey
Three of Shana's fans interviewed her at Little Shop of Stories.
Anita Silvey featured Here Come the Girl Scouts! on March 12, 2012.
Shana Corey is the executive editor at Random House Children's Books.
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. [Roaring Brook Press | Grades PreK-2]
Anita Silvey featured Green on April 4, 2012.
"In other words, I look at a picture book actually as a storyboard, as an animation with fewer frames. So when I would make an animation, I would make a storyboard and I would have to pick out key pictures from the overall animation to try to show what the animation would like. That's what a picture book is for me. So it's a very, very natural progression for me to go from being an animator to creating picture books." -Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead; illustrated by Erin E. Stead. [Roaring Brook Press | Grades PreK-2]
Erin Stead and Jerry Pinkney interviewed each other on 100Scopenotes.com.
hello! hello! by Matthew Cordell. [Hyperion | Grades K-3]
Learn how to pronounce Matthew Cordell.
Add Matthew Cordell's blog to your blogroll.
I interviewed Matthew Cordell about hello! hello!
I took hello! hello! on the road.