Kirkus’ Best Books of 2012

The editors at Kirkus Reviews have created lists in multiple categories–children’s, adult fiction, adult nonfiction, teen, and indie–for the best books of 2012. I am particularly drawn to the list of 100 children’s books, and I’ve already requested several titles from our local library. As children’s editor and list-maker Vicky Smith notes, “But at the end of it all, having whittled the year’s output down, I am struck again at the astonishing talent and dedication of the creators and publishers of children’s books. Here we have books that will inspire, comfort, inform, delight, provoke and amuse; books for babies through upper-elementary students. Books that welcome children into the world and help them get ready for what is to come. All that agony is definitely worth it.”

I am thankful that she took that agony and created this list. Happy reading…

About Erin Wyble Newcomb

Erin Wyble Newcomb earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and Women's Studies from Penn State University. In addition to parenting her daughters, running marathons, and making things with glitter, she teaches in the English Department at SUNY New Paltz. Follow Erin on Twitter @ErinWyble or at