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Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2012 announced

Among the many children's books published last year, 13 were chosen by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book to form A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2012.

Winners include: "ABC Kids" by Simon Basher (Kingfisher/MacMillan); "Blackout" by John Rocco (Hyperion/Disney); "Bring On the Birds" by Susan Stockdale (Peachtree); "Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?" by Susan A. Shea, illustrated by Tom Slaughter (Blue Apple); "Eddie Gets Ready for School" by David Milgrim (Scholastic/Cartwheel); "Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five" by Valorie Fisher (Random/Schwartz & Wade); "I Spy With My Little Eye" by Edward Gibbs (Candlewick/Templar); "I Want My Hat Back" by Jon Klassen (Candlewick); "The Loopy Coop Hens" by Janet Morgan Stoeke (Dutton); "Melvin and the Boy" by Lauren Castillo (Holt); "Mother Goose Picture Puzzles" by Will Hillenbrand (Cavendish); "RRRalph" by Lois Ehlert (Simon/Beach Lane); and "The Twins’ Blanket" by Hyewon Yum (Farrar).

Selection criteria, annotations, tips for using the books, and more are available at A Baker’s Dozen website at online.

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, sponsored by the Penn State University Libraries, is one of 51 similar organizations nationwide established by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Its mission is to study, honor, celebrate and promote books, reading, libraries and literacy to the citizens and residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit or contact Karla M. Schmit, assistant director, Pennsylvania Center for the Book at 814-863-5521.

Last Updated June 07, 2012