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2012 information – Julia’s list of books to check out

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Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year

Bailey by Harry Bliss (Scholastic)
Dot by Patricia Intriago (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan)
Pirates Donâ?Tt Take Baths by John Segal (Philomel/Penguin)
Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack, illustrated by Henry Cole (Peachtree)
Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Scott Campbell (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)

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Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year

Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)
A Funeral in the Bathroom: And Other School Bathroom Poems by KalliDakos, illustrated by Mark Beech (Albert Whitman)
The Monstrous Book of Monsters by Libby Hamilton, illustrated by Jonny Duddle and AlekseiBitskoff (Templar/Candlewick)
Sidekicks by Dan Santat (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)
Squish #1: Super Amoebaby Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)

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Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year

Bad Islandby Doug TenNapel (GRAPHIX/Scholastic)
How to Survive Anythingby Rachel Buchholz,illustrated by Chris Philpot (National Geographic)
Lost & Foundby Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)
Okay for Nowby Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dogby Garth Stein (HarperCollins)

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Teen Book of the Year

Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices, Book Twoby Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster)
Daughter of Smoke and Boneby Laini Taylor (Little, Brown)
Divergentby Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins)
Passion: A Fallen Novelby Lauren Kate (Delacorte/Random House)
Perfectby Ellen Hopkins (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster)

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Author of the Year

Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6: Cabin Fever (Amulet Books/Abrams)
Christopher Paolini for Inheritance (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
James Patterson for Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life (Little, Brown)
Rick Riordan for The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2) (Disney Hyperion)
Rachel Renée Russell for Dork Diaries 3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)

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Illustrator of the Year

Felicia Bond for If You Give a Dog a Donut (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)
Eric Carle for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse (Philomel/Penguin)
Anna Dewdney for Llama Llama Home With Mama (Viking/Penguin)
Victoria Kann for Silverlicious (HarperCollins)
Brian Selznick for Wonderstruck (Scholastic)

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