New York Times Children’s Picture Books Best Sellers 2012 Complete List Page 1

There are 69 books in the New York Times Children’s Picture Books Best Sellers 2012 list. Here are the 30 books ranked from 1 to 30.

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1. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Weeks on the list: 53

by: Sherri Duskey Rinker Tom Lichtenheld
Release date: May 04, 2011
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As the sun sets, hard-working trucks get ready to say good night.

2. Press Here

Weeks on the list: 37

by: Hervé Tullet
Release date: Mar 30, 2011
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A whimsical dance of color and motion, at the touch of a finger.

3. I Want My Hat Back

Weeks on the list: 35

by: Jon Klassen
Release date: Jan 01, 2011
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A bear’s missing hat is a mystery with a mischievous twist.

4. Pete The Cat And His Four Groovy Buttons

Weeks on the list: 32

by: Eric Litwin
Release date: May 01, 2012
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Pete is wearing his favorite shirt.

5. Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Weeks on the list: 29

by: Eric Litwin
Release date: Mar 02, 2010
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Well-shod Pete has rainbows on his feet.

6. The Lorax

Weeks on the list: 21

by: Dr Seuss
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An environmental warning, in images, wordplay and rhymes; first published in 1971.

7. The Duckling Gets A Cookie!?

Weeks on the list: 21

by: Mo Willems
Release date: Apr 03, 2012
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The duckling asks for a cookie — and gets one. Do you think the pigeon is happy about that?

8. Fancy Nancy And The Mermaid Ballet

Weeks on the list: 17

by: Jane O’Connor
Release date: Feb 07, 2012
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Fancy Nancy and her best friend get ready to dance.

9. The Bippolo Seed And Other Lost Stories

Weeks on the list: 16

by: Dr Seuss
Release date: Jan 01, 2011
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Seven madcap tales, published between 1950 and 1951.

10. Llama Llama Time To Share

Weeks on the list: 15

by: Anna Dewdney
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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Is Llama Llama ready to share all his toys?

11. Heaven Is For Real For Kids

Weeks on the list: 15

by: Todd Sonja Burpo
Release date: Nov 08, 2011
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A boy’s encounter with Jesus and the angels, retold for children.

12. Pete The Cat Saves Christmas

Weeks on the list: 12

by: Eric Litwin
Release date: Sep 25, 2012
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A classic gets a spin, “’Twas the day before Christmas,” with Pete.

13. Pete The Cat: Rocking In My School Shoes

Weeks on the list: 12

by: Eric Litwin
Release date: Jul 26, 2011
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Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom and other cool places.

14. The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Weeks on the list: 11

by: William Joyce
Release date: Jun 19, 2012
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Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.

15. Olivia And The Fairy Princesses

Weeks on the list: 11

by: Ian Falconer
Release date: Aug 28, 2012
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In a sea of princesses, Olivia wants to stand out. But how?

16. Ladybug Girl And Bingo

Weeks on the list: 10

by: David Soman Jacky Davis
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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Lulu and Bingo the dog are camping for the first time.

17. This Is Not My Hat

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Jon Klassen
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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A fish will probably get away with a stolen item. Probably.

18. The Night Before Christmas

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Clement C Moore Various illustrators
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Not a creature was stirring; various editions.

19. Dragons Love Tacos

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Adam Rubin.
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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What to serve your dragon-guests.

20. Me … Jane

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Patrick McDonnell
Release date: Apr 05, 2011
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A young Jane Goodall dreams of life as a naturalist.

21. If You Give A Dog A Donut

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Laura Numeroff
Release date: Oct 04, 2011
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“He’ll ask for some apple juice to go with it,” to start things off.

22. A Ball For Daisy

Weeks on the list: 7

by: Chris Raschka
Release date: Jan 01, 2011
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Daisy’s favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog; a 2012 Caldecott winner.

23. Rocket Writes A Story

Weeks on the list: 7

by: Tad Hills
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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Rocket wants to make a book, but he can’t think of a story idea.

24. The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse

Weeks on the list: 7

by: Eric Carle
Release date: Jan 01, 2011
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A child joyfully creates animals in unexpected colors.

25. Extra Yarn

Weeks on the list: 6

by: Mac Barnett
Release date: Jan 17, 2012
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This isn’t an ordinary box full of yarn.

26. Mossy

Weeks on the list: 6

by: Jan Brett
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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Mossy, an amazing turtle in an Edwardian museum, wants to return home to Lilypad Pond.

27. Stuck

Weeks on the list: 5

by: Oliver Jeffers
Release date: Jan 01, 2011
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A homage to everything tossed, thrown and hurled in order to free a kite.

28. It’s A Big World, Little Pig!

Weeks on the list: 5

by: Kristi Yamaguchi
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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Poppy the ice-skating pig is off to meet new people.

29. Goldilocks And The Three Dinosaurs

Weeks on the list: 5

by: Mo Willems
Release date: Sep 04, 2012
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A new take on a fairy-tale classic.

30. We Are In A Book!

Weeks on the list: 5

by: Mo Willems
Release date: Sep 14, 2010
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Gerald and Piggie return to the page, and ponder their existence there.

Last updated on December 8, 2021