Brandy’s Recommended Books for Kids 2012

(Actually covering books published from October 2011-October 2012)

To make the list the book received at least 3 stars from me on Goodreads.

I link to Goodreads because from there you can find a place to purchase it or a library to borrow it from.

*Absolute Personal Favorites


Picture Books/Easy Readers                          

And Then It is Spring by Julie Fogliano*

Another Brother  by Matthew Cordell

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolf

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead*

Bugs Galore by Peter Stein

Brownie and Pearl Go For a Spin by Cynthia Rylant

Chloe by Peter McCarty

Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett

Chopsticks by Amy Krause Rosenthal*

Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio*

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems*

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett*

A Gold Star for Zog by Julia Donaldson

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems*

Hans My Hedgehog by Kate Coombs*

hello! hello! by Matthew Cordell

A Hen For Izzy Pippik by Aubrey Davis

A Home for Bird  by Philip Stead*

The Hueys in the New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers

Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda

In the Sea by David Elliott

Isabella’s Garden by Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes (Illustrated by Brian Collier)*

Listen to My Trumpet by Mo Willems

Little Tug by Stephen Savage

Loveabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse

Mooshka: a Quilt Story by Julie Paschkis

Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter*

Oh No! by Candace Fleming

Oh No! Not Again! (Or How I Built a Time  Machine to Save History) (Or at Least My History Grade) by Mac Barnett

One Two That’s My Shoe by Allison Murray*

Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes*

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz*

This is Not by Hat by Jon Klassen

Water Sings Blue by Kate Coombs*

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham*


Middle Grade (Ages 9+)

Above World by Jenn Reese* (fantasy, my review)

The Brixen Witch by Stacy DeKeyser (fantasy, my review)

The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet * (fantasy, my review)

Cold Cereal by Adam Rex (fantasy, my review)

Crow by Barbara Wright* (historical fiction, my review)

The Drowned Vault by N.D. Wilson* (fantasy, my review)

Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger  (humor)

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen* (fantasy, my review)

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente (fantasy,my review)

The Grave Robber’s Apprentice by Alan Stratton (historical fantasy)

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy (fantasy, my review)

The Humming Room by Ellen Potter (contemporary fiction, my review)

The Icarus Project by Laura Quimby (science fiction, my review)

Icefall by Matthew Kirby (historical fiction, my review)

The Inquisitor’s Apprentice by Chris Moriarty* (historical fantasy; my review)

Jake & Lily by Jerry Spinelli (contemporary-magical realism, my review)

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead * (contemporary fiction, my review)

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine (historical fiction, my review)

May B. by Caroline Rose Starr (historical fiction, my review)

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (historical fiction, my review)

My Very UnFairytale Life by Ana Staniszewski (fantasy, my review)

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate* (contemporary fiction, my review)

Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway (fantasy)

Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale (fantasy, my review)

Peaceweaver by Rebecca Barnhouse* (historical fantasy, my review)

Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley (fantasy, my review)

Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis* (historical fantasy, my review)

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz (historical fantasy, my review)

The Spy Princess by Sherwood Smith (fantasy, my review)

The Star Shard by Frederic Durbin (fantasy)

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin (fantasy, my review)

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker (realistic)

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (realistic, my review)

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George* (fantasy, my review)

Winterling by Sarah Prinneas* (fantasy, my review)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio* (realistic, my review)

Young Adult (Ages 14+)

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clark* (fantasy, my review)

The Broken Lands by Kate Milford* (historical fantasy, my review)

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein* (historical, my review)

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix (science fiction)

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson* (fantasy, my review)

Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey (fantasy, my review)

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (realistic, my review)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (realistic, my review)

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina (realistic, my review)

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley* (realistic, my review)

House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier (fantasy, my review)

Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl (historical)

The List by Siobhan Vivian (realistic, my review)

Past Perfect by Leila Sales (realistic, my review)

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (fantasy, my review)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman* (fantasy, my review)

Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott (fantasy, my review)

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (realistic, my review)

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (realistic, my review)

Swift by R.J. Anderson* (fantasy, my review)

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan* (fantasy, my review)

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (realistic)

The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coates* (historical, my review)