Best Books of the Month for Kids: March 2012

Each month our editors select eight of the best books for kids--see below for this month's favorites in Picture Books and books for Middle Grade readers.

Looking for more? Check out our picks for the Top 10 Books of 2011 for Kids and Teens, see all of this year's picks so far, and March's Best Books of the Month for Adults.


Picture Books |Middle Grade Books
1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again
by Frank Cottrell Boyce
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 customer reviews)
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Candlewick
March 13, 2012
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Amazon Best Books of the Month for Kids, March 2012: “Tooting family, we are ready to go. The word today is adventure.” In a follow-up every bit as original as the book that inspired it, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again follows the Tooting family on a wild ... Read more

2. Kaspar the Titanic Cat
Kaspar the Titanic Cat
by Michael Morpurgo
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 customer reviews)
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HarperCollins
March 13, 2012
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“Young readers stricken with Titanic fever will be more than happy to have yet another timely...take on the sinking.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)... Read more

3. Illusionology (Ologies)
Illusionology (Ologies)
by Emily Hawkins
4.7 out of 5 stars (24 customer reviews)
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Candlewick
March 13, 2012
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ILLUSIONOLOGY includes a visually dense array of interactive elements: flaps, 3D pop-ups, foldouts, sealed envelopes. Among its revelations: the secrets behind Harry Houdini... Read more

4. Castle of Shadows
Castle of Shadows
by Ellen Renner
3.7 out of 5 stars (23 customer reviews)
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HMH Books for Young Readers
March 20, 2012
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"Renner's plot is both complex and compelling."  —Booklist "Smart writing that combines mystery, historical fantasy and a touch of steampunk...Readers will also delight in Charlie's transformation from hotheaded victim to shrewd leader--and friend."  —Kirkus "Charlie's transformation from scullery to rightful heir is an adventure not to be missed. Well ... Read more



Best of the Month in Young Adult

Pandemonium Lena's life is in the Wilds now, where she's learning how to survive with the help of a group of Invalids. But when it's time to take action Lena learns about true loyalty and love in this spectacular follow-up to the New York Times best-seller, Delirium. (Kindle Book | hardcover). See more: