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Fun Finds December: Best of 2010

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1. Race You to Bed by Bob Shea

 

Loaded with zany action — ups, downs, arounds — this read might just tire your wee one out. HarperCollins, $17. Ages 4 to 7. 

2. The Heart and The Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

 

When a little girl loses her treasured adult, she bottles up the wonder and curiosity he instilled in her, until one day, someone smaller and still curious helps her recover her heart. HarperCollins, $17. All ages. 

3. The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

 

After the mysterious Dr. Limberleg arrives with his bizarre medicine show, 13-year-old Natalie must discover his secrets to save herself and the town. Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury. HMH, $17. Ages 10 and up. 

4. Lin Yi’s Lantern by Brenda Williams

 

If Lin Yi bargains well for the items on his mother’s list, he can afford a red rabbit lantern for the Moon Festival. Printed on “ancient forest-friendly” paper. Barefoot Books, $17. Ages 4 and up. 

5. Wendel’s Workshop by Chris Riddell

 

Wendel the inventor has no time to tidy up, so he invents a team of robots to do the job. Riddell draws his colorful cast of characters with zeal. HarperCollins, $17. Ages 4 to 8. 

6. Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer

 

Bernadette the monster has a deep, dark secret: She likes flowers, cupcakes, and group hugs! A very clever monster, she finds a way to meet her classmates halfway. Simon & Schuster, $15. Ages 4 to 8. 

7. My Name Is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry

 

As Isabella reinvents herself in the image of Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, and other heroic women, her mother encourages her dreams while keeping her daily routine on track. Sourcebooks, $17. All ages. 

8. I Can Be Anything by Jerry Spinelli

 

What do I want to be when I grow up? Spinelli invents a few imaginative answers with a medley of kid-centric occupations from mixing-bowl licker to tin-can kicker. Little Brown, $17. Ages 3 to 7. 

9. Sweet Dreams Lullaby by Betsy Snyder

 

Your tiny bunny will doze off blissfully to the combination of Snyder’s cute and cozy pictures and prose. Random House, $16. Ages birth to 4. 

10. Kiss Kiss by Selma Mandine

 

This sweet and simple dialogue between baby and bear reveals the wonder (and variety) of kisses. Mandine’s illustrations are dreamy. Random House, $10. Ages 3 to 7. 

11. The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood

 

There are so many types of quiet, from “lollipop quiet” to “last one to be picked up from school quiet.” HMH, $13. Ages 2 to 6. 

12. Moon Dreams by Ruth Martin

Luna wonders where her beloved moon disappears to each day, so she decides to stay up all night and follow its path. Candlewick, $16. Ages 4 to 6. 

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