5 Superb 2012 Picture Books and Graphic Novels

My goal when I began 2012 was to read 1000 books. As of 3:19 P.M on April 22, I have read 545. I’d say that I’m off to a pretty good start. I decided to reflect on my reading and write a little bit about 20 books that stand out.

Tuesday: 5 Great Pre 2012 Reads

Wednesday: 5 Great Re-Reads

Thursday: 5 Great 2012 Reads (Picture Books/Graphic Novels)

Friday: 5 Great 2012 Reads (Middle Grade Novels and Chapter Books)


Here Come the Girl Scouts

By: Shana Corey

Illustrated By: Hadley Hooper

Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of  Juliette 'Daisy' Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure

I adore everything Shana Corey: her skills as an editor, her amazing books, and her wealth of book knowledge. I can’t imagine how a library could feel complete without Here Come the Girl Scouts!. Don’t believe me? Here’s what my 4th graders had to say about Ms. Corey’s book:

*I loved her biography, because she didn’t dread on with all the parts that don’t need to be said. I love how it is in the form of a picture book, because then it is a fast and fun read, and you can see pictures of the adventures, so it is way more awesome. EPIC AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really love her books.

*I loved the book. It was awesome (not like other biographies).

*I like how the book is set up. It’s like she knew exactly where to put every part. It is really cool how she knows these facts, and how she knows how not to make it boring.  I use to hate biographies, but now that I have read this book, I finally want to give biographies a chance.


Boy + Bot

By: Ame Dyckman

Illustrated By: Dan Yaccarino

I hope every young reader gets a chance to experience Ame Dyckman’s Boy + Bot. Ame’s book makes me so happy. I can’t think about it without smiling, and I think about this book a lot.


Squish 3

By Jenni and Matt Holm

Squish #3: The Power of the Parasite

Just when you think the brother sister team of Jenni and Matt Holm can’t get any better, they give us Squish 3. My fourth graders think this is the best Holms’ best work. They may be right.


Lunch Lady and The Mutant Mathletes

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes (Lunch Lady, #7)

I love Lunch Lady, but my love for the series is nothing compared to the love my fourth graders have this wonderful series.

Also, my mom is a lunch lady, so I hold these books close to my heart:)



By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Illustrated By: Scott Magoon


Learning how to be a friend and learning how to be independent is hard. My fourth graders often struggle with these skills, so the more books about friendship and independence the better.


Be sure to check back tomorrow to see my favorite chapter books and middle grade novels of 2012.


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