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Originally published Friday, December 24, 2010 at 7:00 AM

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Favorite books for children and teens

Kids' books: A roundup of favorite books from 2010.

Scripps Howard News Service

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:


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


• "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.


• "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.


• "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.


• "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.


• "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

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