These are my top ten favorite picture books from 2012. In no particular order!
Photographs of rocks that resemble the letters of the alphabet and objects represented by each letter. You’ll never look at rocks and pebbles in the same way.
2. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.
3. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur . . . and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. One day–for no particular reason–they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then–for no particular reason–they decided to go . . . someplace else. They were definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl. Definitely not!
Wait, the pigeon wants his new book on the list too:
Pigeon is very angry when the duckling gets a cookie just by asking politely. Will he never learn?
5. Machines Go To Work in the City by William Low
Every best picture book list needs a great new construction equipment book. This one provides illustrations and fold-out pictures of machines that are used in a city.
Homer the dog is content to watch from the porch as his family goes out to enjoy the day. A perfect story for the young dog lover in your family.
7. Oh, No! by Candace Fleming
A series of animals falls into a deep hole, only to be saved at last by a very large rescuer. A great read-aloud.
8. Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green. Another standout from this author.
9. Z is for Moose by Kelly L. Bingham
Moose, terribly eager to play his part in the alphabet book his friend Zebra is putting together, then awfully disappointed when his letter passes, behaves rather badly until Zebra finds a spot for him. The illustrations are by Paul O. Zelinsky, a Caldecott winner.
10. A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead
Vernon the toad takes the silent Bird on a journey in hopes of finding Bird’s home. A warm and gentle story.
And an eleventh title which is a poetry book, not a picture book. But it is lovely read to welcome the new year, so I have to include it:
Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies
Introduces the sights and sounds of the changing seasons, along city streets and in country meadow.
Ginny W., Youth Services.