Ten Books I Need to Read in the Next Twelve Days

I am running out of 2012 reading days. My to-read pile is as big as ever, and I am starting to feel the heat. I’m looking forward to tackling 2013 books, but first I really really need to read these 2012 books.

Schu-Jonker Books

Last year I focused my week after Christmas reading on finishing up the Schu-Jonker Top 20. I plan on doing the same this year.

Island of the Galapagos

By: Jason Chin

Island Top 20 Childrens Books of 2012 (#15 11)

Starry River of the Sky

By: Grace Lin

Starry River Top 20 Childrens Books of 2012 (#15 11)

Hilda and the Midnight Giant

By: Luke Pearson

Hilda Top 20 Childrens Books of 2012 (#20 16)

One Dead Spy

By: Nathan Hale

Spy Top 20 Childrens Books of 2012 (#10 6)


By: Steve Sheinkin

Bomb Top 20 Childrens Books of 2012 (#10 6)

The Newbery Challenge

I have read 56 Newbery Medal winning books in 2012. I am hoping to read 2 more.

Bridge To Terabithia

By: Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia

The Westing Game

By: Ellen Raskin

The Westing Game


I am sort of obssessed with the Newbery Medal, and I am hoping that when the winner is announced in January that I will be able to say that I have read the most distinguished book of the year. Some say these books are candidates, so I need to check them our before the big day.

Three Times Lucky

By: Shiela Turnage

Three Times Lucky

No Crystal Stair

By: Vaunda Nelson

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

Summer of Gypsy Moths

By: Sarah Pennypacker

Summer of the Gypsy Moths

I have a zero percent chance of reading all of these books in the next 12 days, but it has helped to prioritize my reading.

What books are you hoping to read as we come to the end of an amazing year for children’s literature?


5 thoughts on “Ten Books I Need to Read in the Next Twelve Days

  1. I have several books checked out, but I’m never going to get them read before the end of the month. I always use the week of Christmas to read old favorites as I have to be social so much of the week. πŸ™‚ Better not risk being interrupted during a new book.


  2. I am currently reading See You at Harry’s and want to read Twelve Kinds of Ice, Splendors & Glooms, The Unfortunate Son, and The Bomb. I have all these books at home from the library I work at and really want to get through them before the Newbery announcement, but it’s unlikely. I have a four day weekend coming up, though, and I’ll be trying to stay out of the Chicago snow and wind, curled up with these good books and a cup of coffee.


  3. Hoping to read Son, When You Reach Me, Divergent, and Reached over break. And then the new Lemony Snicket. And then The Fault in Our Stars. And then, and then…


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