Children's Corner: Some favorite books from 2010

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After reading hundreds of books for children and teens this year, I've compiled a list of some of my favorites. Check for these books in your local public library or bookstore:

Board books

"Potty" and "Tubby" (Candlewick Press, $6.99, ages birth-2 years), written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli.

Picture books

"L,M,N.O,Peas" (Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster, $16.99, ages 3-6), written and illustrated by Keith Baker.

"There's Going to be a Baby" (Candlewick Press, $16.99, ages 2-5), written by John Burningham and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

"Don't Want to Go!" (Candlewick Press, $16.99, ages 3-5), written and illustrated by Shirley Hughes.

"The Odious Ogre" (Michael di Capua/Scholastic, $17.95, ages 3-6), written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer.

"Shadow" (Chronicle Books, $15.99, ages 3-7), written and illustrated by Suzy Lee.

"Snook Alone" (Candlewick Press, $16.99, ages 4-7), written by Marilyn Nelson and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering.

"It's a Book" (Roaring Brook, $12.99, ages 3-6), written and illustrated by Lane Smith.

"13 Words" (HarperCollins, $16.99, ages 3-6), written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Maira Kalman.

"A Sick Day for Amos McGee" (Roaring Brook, $16.99, ages 2-6), written by Philip Stead and illustrated by Erin Stead.

"Art & Max" (Clarion, $17.99, ages 4 up), written and illustrated by David Wiesner.

"City Dog, Country Frog" (Hyperion, $17.99, ages 4 up), written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Jon Muth.

Beginning readers

"Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same" (Little, Brown, $14.99, ages 4-7), written and illustrated by Grace Lin.

• A new series written and illustrated by Mo Willems: "Cat the Cat, Who Is That?," "Let's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly!," "What's Your Sound, Hound the Hound?" and "Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep" (HarperCollins, $10.99 each, ages 3-6).

"We Are in a Book!" (Hyperion, $8.99, ages 3-6), the newest in the "Elephant & Piggie" series by Mo Willems.

Fiction (ages 8-12)

"Keeper" (Atheneum, $16.99), by Kathi Appelt.

"Jake" (Random House, $15.99), by Audrey Couloumbis.

"A Tale Dark & Grimm" (Dutton, $16.99), by Adam Gidwitz.

"The Kneebone Boy" (Feiwell and Friends, $16.99), by Ellen Potter.

"Ninth Ward" (Little, Brown, $15.99), by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

"The Dreamer" (Scholastic, $17.99), by Pam Munoz Ryan, with illustrations by Peter Sis.

"What Happened on Fox Street" (HarperCollins, $15.99), by Tricia Springstubb.

"Countdown" (Scholastic, $17.99), a new type of "documentary novel" by Deborah Wiles.

"One Crazy Summer" (HarperCollins, $15.99), by Rita Williams-Garcia.

Fiction (for teens)

"Annexed" (Houghton Mifflin, $17, ages 12 up), by Sharon Dogar.

"Incarceron" (Dial, $17.99, ages 12 up), by Catherine Fisher.

"Will Grayson, Will Grayson" (Dutton, $17.99, ages 14 up), by John Green and David Levithan.

"As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth" (Greenwillow, $16.99, ages 12 up), by Lynne Rae Perkins.

"The Cardturner" (Delacorte, $17.99, age 12 up), by Louis Sachar.

"A Conspiracy of Kings" (HarperCollins, $16.99, ages 12 up), by Megan Whalen Turner.

Graphic and hybrid novels

"The Ugly Truth" (Amulet, $13.95, ages 8-12), written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney.

"City of Spies" (First Second, $16.99, ages 9-12), written by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan; illustrated by Pascal Dizin.

"Big Nate: In a Class by Himself" (HarperCollins, $12.99, ages 8-12), written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce.

Nonfiction

"They Called Themselves the K.K.K." (Houghton Mifflin, $19, ages 12 up), by Susan Bartoletti.

"Sir Charlie" (Greenwillow, $19.99, ages 10 up), by Sid Fleischman.

"Ballet for Martha" (Roaring Brook, $17.99, ages 6 up), written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan and illustrated by Brian Floca.

"The War to End All Wars: World War 1" (Clarion, $22, ages 10 up), by Russell Freedman.

"How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships" (Houghton Mifflin, $16, ages 7-12), written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.

"Kakapo Rescue" (Houghton Mifflin, $18, ages 9 up), by Sy Montgomery, photos by Nic Bishop.

"The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution" (Scholastic, $21.99, ages 10 up), by Jim Murphy.

"Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down" (Little, Brown, $16.99), by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

"The Good, the Bad and the Barbie" (Viking, $19.99, ages 10 up), by Tanya Lee Stone.

"Project Seahorse" (Houghton Mifflin, $18, ages 9 up), by Pamela Turner, photos by Scott Tuason.

Poetry

"Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night" (Houghton Mifflin, $16.99, ages 8 up), written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Rick Allen.

"Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse" (Dutton, $16.99, ages 8-12), written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josee Masse.


Karen MacPherson, the children's/teen librarian at the Takoma Park, Md., Library, can be reached at Kam.Macpherson@gmail.com .


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