As the year comes to a close, I have been appreciating all of wonderful picture books I have discovered this past year (We March, Island, Outside Your Window, The Frank Show, Extra Yarn and many more) as well as the unexpected discoveries such as Mark Hearld wallpaper and the captivating documentary Man on a Wire. I have also been appreciating the neat experiences that have stemmed from this blog, including serving as a Cybils judge, traveling to New York City to attend KidLitCon and celebrating International Book Giving Day with many of you.
Thank you very much to everyone who reads Delightful Children’s Books and to those of you who leave comments, participate in year-end polls etc. When I created Delightful Children’s Books, I did not anticipate how rewarding it would be to connect with people around the world via this website. I look forward to 2013!
Top 10 Booklists from 2012
1. 20 Fantastic Books for Kids Learning to Read — Many of my favorite books for kids learning to read are not housed in the early reader section. Here are 20 books worth seeking out and sharing with kids who are just beginning to sound out words.
2. Read Around the World Storytime Series — I have been teaming up with Becky Morales of Kid World Citizen to write a series of Read Around the World Storytime posts, and I am very excited about the results. Thus far, we have shared picture book and craft recommendations for Map, Africa and South America-themed storytimes.
3. Tired of Dora and Thomas? Try These 15 Fantastic Children’s Book Characters Instead! — I wrote this post for parents of young Dora and Thomas fans who are unsure what other books their children might enjoy.
4. A Conversation with Melissa Sweet, Author of Balloons Over Broadway — It was very fun to interview Melissa Sweet. I must interview more children’s book authors in the future.
5. 8 Children’s Books About Dinosaurs — A dinosaur booklist was long overdue.
6. Celebrate Constitution Week with These Children’s Books — I enjoyed selecting engaging picture books for teaching children about the U.S. constitution.
7. Introducing Children to Books, Part II — I wrote part I of this Introducing Children to Books series in 2011 and part II in 2012. Look out for the third and final installment next year!
8. 30 Picture Book Biographies — I hope this post is helpful to teachers who want to share good picture book biographies with their students.
9. eBook Recommendations From an eBook Skeptic — We purchased a family iPad this past year. I spent quite a bit of time reading about the impacts of iPad use on young children, considering how much time I wanted my kids spending with the iPad and reviewing picture book apps. This post was the result.
10. 60+ Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books — This past year, I shared five of my very favorite picture books with readers on the first of each month. I wrapped up the series by inviting readers to recommend picture books to include on the list. Thank you to those of you who participated in the year-end poll! It was very fun!
3 Fun Posts from 2012
International Book Giving Day — International Book Giving Day began with this post! On February 4th 2012 (10 days before International Book Giving Day 2012) I proposed that people celebrate this new international holiday by 1) giving a book to a friend or relative, 2) leaving a good book in a waiting room for children to read or 3) donating a gently used book to a children’s hospital, shelter or nonprofit. I am amazed at how far this idea has spread and look forward to celebrating International Book Giving Day 2013.
Create a Reading Nook — I scoured the web for my favorite pictures of reading nooks and pulled my first all-nighter since law school writing this post. I enjoyed every minute of it.
15 Pinterest Boards for Book Lovers — While this post sounded like it would also be a fun one to write, it was actually pretty tedious to track down these Pinterest boards. That said, these 15 Pinterest boards are highly entertaining.