People Magazine's December 19th edition includes in its Book Reviews "Fab Finds For Kids." And there is not one celebrity author on the list!!!
The list, none of which I've read. When I looked them up on that big online book store that I'm already linking to more than enough, I saw that a number of these titles (noted below) were starred by Booklist.
Memories of Survival by Esther Nisenthanl Krinitz and Bernice Steinhardt. Nonfiction book about Krinitz's survival as a teenager eluding the Nazis. Illustrated with her own hand-embroidered fabric collages. Starred by Booklist.
Meet Wild Boars by Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall. Picture book by the author of the award winning YA book, How I Live Now. Starred by Booklist.
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke. Sequel to Inkheart.
Dog Train: A Wild Ride on the Rock And Roll Side by Sandra Boynton. Picture book with CD; original songs sung by various musicians.
Once Upon A Time, The End (Asleep In 60 Seconds) by Geoffrey Kloske and Barry Blitt. Short fractured fairy tales. Looks wonderfully silly and snarky for older readers. Starred by Booklist.
The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell. Picture book based on characters from the creator of the comic strip Mutts.
It's uncredited, so I'll just send a general thank you to People for recognizing children's books.