Today is the day that my inquisitive, opinionated, and all-around-delightful daughter M(4yo) turns four, so it seems entirely appropriate that I mark the day with a list of lists of the notable children’s books from 2012, many of which I am sure we will be enjoying together (and sharing with her little brother, S(14mo)) in the year to come. Happy Birthday, M.!

The American Library Association’s 2012 Notable Children’s Books

Bankstreet College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2012

The Boston Globe’s Best Children’s Books of 2012

The Guardian’s Best Children’s Books of 2012

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Children’s Books of 2012

The New York Public Library’s “Children’s Books 2012: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Books of 2012

ReadKiddoRead.com’s Best Books of 2012 (lots of kids’ book lists)

The Washington Post’s Best Kids’ Books of 2012

(And for lists of books for grown-ups, see yesterday’s post: 2012 Book Lists)