Favorite Books of 2012

Have you ever read a book that you just couldn’t forget?

Did it make you laugh? Cry? Shout?

 Today’s post is about my favorite books from 2012. These are the standout books from a year of reading.  Even though I may have read them months ago, I still think about them and consider them book friends. When I see the cover, or think of a passage from the book, I get a smile on my face. Not all of these books were written in 2012, although most of them were. I am in the process of reading all the Newbery Medal winners, so one book was published years ago. All, except the young adult books are available in our library. I hope you will stop in and check them out!

Tomorrow the American Library Association will announce all of the Youth Media Awards at their Mid-Winter Conference here in Seattle. I will be at the press conference for the very first time!  I can’t wait to see what books won medal and honor awards. Above any other books, I have my fingers crossed for The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and Wonder by RJ Palacio.

Here are my standouts from a year of reading!

Categories: Favorite Graphic Novels, Favorite Picture Books, Favorite Non-Fiction Picture Books,Favorite Middle Grade Novels, Favorite Young Adult Novels, Favorite Audio Books

So there you are…my favorites. Not all will win awards tomorrow at the ALA conference. However, they have already won a special award in my heart because each of these books has touched me in a very personal way. I’m looking forward to lots of reading in 2013 and seeing where my reading travels take me!


Were any of these books favorites for you this year?

Is there a book I should have included?

Leave us a comment and let us know!

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It’s a Monster! Agh!!!

It’s mid-October.  The leaves are turning. The days are getting shorter and the nights colder. Are you looking for a new book? Check out what Angela drew for the library yesterday!

Maybe you are thinking that it’s getting close to Halloween and you want a spooky book to thrill your reading time!

Spooky stories are always popular with some students (not me – I get nightmares). This past weekend when I was in Yakima at Washington librarian conference I had the opportunity to listen to the author Royce Buckingham talk about his love of scary books and movies!

Royce shared how the movie Jaws was particularly scary when he was a kid! I remember seeing it too and I didn’t swim in the ocean for a month afterward! However, he loves scary monsters and books like that, which is why he now is both an attorney and a writer of spooky stories.

Do you remember seeing the photos from when Hitu visited the Jaws set last summer and did a little reading in Jaws! This is the movie Royce is talking about! Yikes! That is a scary photo!

If you love this kind of book come in soon and check out the new books by Royce Buckingham.

You don’t have to like monsters to like all the new books in the library! Look at this selection available!  From graphics to humor to fantasy or mystery we have something new for you!


Visiting Yakima was a lot of fun! I had a chance to talk with lots of other librarians and share ideas with them. If you are a teacher librarian looking for a link to my slides, here you go!


Do you like to read spooky stories?

Have you seen Jaws at Universal Studios?


What new book will you want to read?

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3 New Scary Stories

I don’t know what happened, but in October I seemed to have developed an appetite for scary stories! It must have been the influence of Halloween. We now have 3 new stories for those of you who like a good spooky story. These are not gruesome or books that will make you sleep with the light on. Those books keep me from sleeping! These are some good and entertaining ghost stories for readers grade 3 and up.dogcrutchshadows There a ghost dog story by Peg Kehret, a haunted house story by Mary Downing Hahn and a haunted painting in a haunted house story by Jacqueline West called The Shadows. This is book one of the Books of Elsewhere series.

Can you read spooky stories while you are celebrating Thanksgiving and eating turkey?  Yes, I think so! Keep Reading! Mrs. Hembree

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The Graveyard Book Student Review by Will


I like this book because it’s funny and adventurous. Bod (the main character) doesn’t know what it’s like living with people.  He tries to help the people (which are really ghosts) that live in the grave yard.  Sometimes he does well, sometimes he doesn’t. He gets curious about things like the history of the graveyard. The setting is in a graveyard. He’s being taken care of by ghosts in the graveyard. He has also been given the freedom of the graveyard which means that he can see in the dark and he can go places where other people can’t.  I also like this book because it has mixed emotions to it, humor and sadness.

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My Haunted House Student Review by Caroline

houseMy Haunted House by Angie Sage (Araminta Spookie series)

Angie Sage must be a very creative person because when I read My Haunted House I felt like I was five again!  While reading this book I was the most engaged I have been, in at least six years.  The book made me feel very, very happy. In my opinion My Haunted House is humorous, adventurous, and also draws a lot of attention.

My Haunted House is about a girl named Araminta Spookie. Araminta lives in a house with her Aunt Tabby and her Uncle Drac. Araminta thinks that the house that they live in is haunted. Aunt Tabby wants to move to a more modern house, but Araminta won’t leave the house until she finds a least one ghost. One day Aunt Tabby makes a sign that reads “This house is for sale”.  Araminta starts to change the sign and everything turns out really goofy. I hope you will like the book as much as I did!!

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