Nov/Dec 2012

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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” -James Baldwin



  1. The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers (adult novel)
  2. Urashima and the Kingdom beneath the Sea as retold by Ralph McCarthy and illustrated by Shiro Kasamatsu (picture book)
  3. The Last Kappa of Old Japan: A Magical Journey of Two Friends by Sunny Seki (picture book)
  4. The River Dragon by Darcy Pattison and illustrated by Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng (picture book)
  5. Down to the Sea in Ships by Philemon Sturges and illustrated by Giles Laroche (picture book/poetry)
  6. Pirates – Poems by David L. Harrison and Illustrations by Dan Burr (picture book/poetry)
  7. Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg (picture book)
  8. Hattie and the Wild Waves by Barbara Cooney (picture book)
  9. Island Boy by Barbara Cooney (picture book)
  10. My Life with the Wave by Catherine Cowan/Mark Buehner based on the story by Octavio Paz (picture book)
  11. The Alchemaster’s Apprentice by Walter Moers (adult novel)
  12. Landed by Milly Lee and Pictures by Yangsook Choi (picture book)
  13. So Far from the Sea by Eve Bunting and Illustrated by Chris Soentpiet (picture book)
  14. Turtle Bay by Saviour Pirotta and Nilesh Mistry (picture book)
  15. Our Home is the Sea by Riki Levinson and Paintings by Dennis Luzak (picture book)
  16. Grandpa’s Boat by Michael Catchpool and illustrated by Sophy Williams (picture book)
  17. Seaside Dream by Janet Costa Bates and illustrated by Lambert Davis (picture book)


  1. The Viewer by Gary Crew and Shaun Tan (picture book)
  2. Deep River by Elaine Moore and illustrated by Henri Sorensen (picture book)
  3. Passing On by Mike Dumbleton and illustrated by Terry Denton (picture book)
  4. The Stonekeeper’s Curse by Kazu Kibuishi (graphic novel)
  5. The Lion, the Unicorn and Me: The Donkey’s Christmas Story by Jeanette Winterson (picture book)
  6. Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening illustrated by Susan Jeffers (picture book)
  7. E. E. Cummings Little Tree as illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray (picture book)
  8. Jonah’s Whale written by Eileen Spinelli and illsutrated by Giuliano Ferri (picture book)
  9. The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson and pictures by Jon J. Muth (picture book)
  10. If you spent a day with Thoreau at Walden Pond by Robert Burleigh and Paintings by Wendell Minor (picture book)
  11. This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers (picture book)
  12. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers (picture book)
  13. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (picture book)
  14. When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest and Illustrated by PJ Lynch (picture book)
  15. American-Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel)
  16. The Great Wave: A Children’s Book inspired by Hokusai by Veronique Massenot and Bruno Pilorget (picture book)
  17. At the Beach: Postcards from Crabby Spit by Roland Harvey (picture book)
  18. The Little Island by Golden MacDonald and Leonard Weisgard (picture book, Caldecott Honor)
  19. The Island by John Heffernan and Peter Sheehan (picture book)
  20. The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (YA fiction, Newbery Medal book)
  21. Hurricane Dancers by Margarita Engle (novel-in-verse)
  22. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (YA fiction, Newbery Medal book)
  23. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman (YA Fiction)
  24. The Bored Book by David Michael Slater and Illustrations by Doug Keith (picture book)
  25. Look, A Book! by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood (picture book)
  26. Look! A Book! by Bob Staake (picture book)
  27. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (picture book)
  28. Cloud Searchers by Kazu Kibuishi, Book 3 in the Amulet Series (graphic novel)
  29. The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi, Book 4 in the Amulet series (graphic novel)
  30. The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes and Brian Pinkney (book of poetry)
  31. Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault (picture book)



  1. Missing May  by Cynthia Rylant (YA Literature)
  2. Trese 5: Midnight Tribunal by Budjette Tan Illustrated by Kajo Baldisimo (Graphic Novel)
  3. Lola Coquetaby Isabel Banzon (Poetry Collection/Filipino Literature)
  4. Clairvoyance by Carlomar Arcangel Daona (Poetry Collection/Filipino Literature)
  5. Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba by Margarita Engle (YA Literature/Novel in Verse/Fiction)
  6. Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock (Fiction)
  7. Sabine’s Notebook by Nick Bantock (Fiction)
  8. The Golden Mean  by Nick Bantock (Fiction)
  9. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (Non-Fiction)
  10. The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman (YA Literature/Fiction)


  1. Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry (YA Literature/Newbery Medal)
  2. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (YA Literature)
  3. The Gospel of Contemplation by Sr. Mary Niere, OCD (Non-fiction/ Ascetical and Mystical Theology)
  4. Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Fiction)



1. Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith (Picture book)
2. Bon Appetit by Jessie Hartland (Picture book)
3. Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer (Picture book)


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