November 29, 2012 5:32 PM

Word power: The Star’s top 100 books of 2012

When thinking about books to give kids for holiday gifts, our children's book editor Mary Schulte says there’s one thing to keep in mind: Make them fun. The serious books can wait for school days. Here are her 12 picks for the year's best books that will make great gifts. Find more recommended books for young readers on our annual Top 100 Books of 2013 list.

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