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2010 was good year for children’s books

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


•“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” (Hougton 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

Graphic and hybrid novels

•“The Ugly Truth” (Amulet, $13.95, ages 8-12), written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney

•“The City of Spies” (First Second, $16.99, ages 9-12), written by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan and illustrated by Pascal Dizin

•“Big Nate: In a Class By Himself” (HarperCollins, $12.99, ages 8-12), written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce


•“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