Top 20 Children's Books of 2012 [#5-1]

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It's the final day of the Jonker-Schu Top 20 Children's Books of 2012 extravaganza. Thanks for following along. 

Please visit Travis's blog to read our blurbs. 

 #20-16 #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1

Oh, No! by Candace Fleming; illustrated by Eric Rohmann [Schwartz & Wade | Grades PreK-2]
Download the Oh, No! activity guide.

Eric Rohmann showed Jules how he makes his art.

Judy Freeman created a readers theater script for Oh, No!

"I have come up with a workshop that I use successfully. It's always so great, I actually tell the kids it's my super-secret, splendiferous formula. You try to say that three times fast. It's good." -Candace Fleming 

Candace Fleming discusses Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, P.T. Barnum, and Benjamin Franklin.

Unspoken by Henry Cole [Scholastic | Grades 1-4]

Sally Lodge interviewed Henry Cole about Unspoken.

"If you are hunting for a new book for a thoughtful young reader this year, you can do no better than to pick up Unspoken." -Anita Silvey

"I had the great, good fortune of growing up on a dairy farm, and also the great, good fortune of being the youngest of five children. And having four older siblings was wonderful, because they were these very unusual, terrific people; and we spent most of our time in the woods, or down at the pond, or at the creek, or exploring the fields with jars." - Henry Cole

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen [Balzer + Bray | Grades K-2]

Extra Yarn won the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for picture book.

Mac Barnett shares his personal motto.
Don't miss this interesting interview.
Anita Silvey featured Extra Yarn on August 13, 2012.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio [Random House | Grades 4-6]

Random House created a wonderful discussion and educator guide.

Becky Anderson sat down with R.J Palacio.

Check out R.J.'s nerdy essay. 

Chip Kidd chatted with R.J. Palacio about Wonder and Choose Kind.

Download a CHOOSE KIND certificate

Wonder made Betsy Bird's Top 100 Children’s Novels poll

R.J. Palacio reads a chapter from Wonder.

Colby Sharp interviewed R.J. Palacio.  

 Children’s literature expert Anita Silvey featured Wonder on D.E.A.R. Day.  

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate [Harper | Grades 3-6]
 Download The One and Only Ivan discussion guide. 

Katherine Applegate shares how to pronounce her name and a story from her childhood. 

"As a book The One and Only Ivan gives me reason to celebrate: it is crafted with great creativity, an original approach, and has something to say to children. Books for children are clearly not an endangered species; The One and Only Ivan proves that they are alive and well!" - Anita Silvey 

Donna Kouri and I traveled with plush Ivan

The real Ivan passed away on August 21, 2012. 

Katherine Applegate is a member of the Nerdy Book Club. 

Katherine Applegate discusses The Home of the Brave. 

Five Questions with Katherine Applegate. 

#20-16 #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1


  1. First of all....WHAT?! You're holding a giveaway of ALL 20 BOOKS?! Amazing. You're amazing. Anyway, I really liked the Amazon interview of Jon Klassen. I love all three of the books he illustrated this year, and I liked his response explaining the endings of the hat books (which are two of my top favorite picture books of all time). Also, I just finished reading The One and Only Ivan to one of my classes. I didn't think I could ever equal the response to Wonder that I got from this same class earlier in the year, but I was wrong. They couldn't decide which they liked better. I loved them both because of the emotional response that both of them invoked in that class. It makes my job so rewarding!


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