Saturday, December 1, 2012

Best Reads of 2012 (1st in a series)

As a librarian, I read books like it’s my job.  In the last year alone, I read about 70 books (not counting picture books!).  Here are a few of my favorites from 2012:

Wumbers by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

1 of my favor8 picture books from this last year!  Bright illustr8tions add 2 the fun as readers try and deci4 the meaning of each number-word.  A great read aloud game for kindergar10 and elementary.

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny: Detectives Extraordinaire by Polly Horvath

Mrs. Bunny is prone to fads, and Mr. Bunny is often dragged along.  So, with two new detective hats perfectly perched on their ears, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny decide to begin detecting.  Soon, however, the pair find themselves in over their heads when they’re hired by a girl named Madeline to find her parents, who have been kidnapped by devious foxes.  Throw in a garlic bread-loving and forgetful marmot, a visit from Prince Charles, an evil plot potentially involving exploding hats, and a rabbit cook book, and readers will quickly be enchanted by this laugh-out-loud mystery.  The audio version is also delightful and read by the author herself. 

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Hazel is living on borrowed time since being diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  In order to “get out more” and “make some friends” (her mom’s idea, obviously), Hazel attends a weekly cancer support group, which mostly consists of rolling her eyes and listening to the longer and longer list of deceased group members.  But when tall and handsome Augustus begins attending the support group, everything changes for Hazel.  Full of unforgettable characters, John Green seamlessly weaves humor and tragedy into everyday teenage life.  You’ll laugh while you cry and cry while you laugh.  An unforgettable book about life, death, love, and the legacy each of us leaves behind.

Cleo Slaughter
Youth Services Supervisor