Day four is so exciting for me because I rediscovered my love of picture books this year, especially using them in the classroom, and as such, I read many, many more than in previous years. Because of this, I was actually able to put together a Top Ten that I think represents some of the best. If you haven't read these, you should definitely add to your To Be Read list!
Disclaimer: I read a lot of books this year, but there are still so many picture books I didn't get to. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the quality picture books that came out in 2012.
BEST I'VE READ 2012: The Picture Books
EACH KINDNESS by Jacqueline Woodson
THE CLOUD SPINNER by Michael Catchpool
THIS IS NOT MY HAT by Jon Klassen (follow-up to I WANT MY HAT BACK)
A FLOWER IN THE SNOW by Tracey Corderoy
THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE by William Joyce
TOO TALL HOUSES by Gianna Marino
UNSPOKEN: A Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole (wordless)
SKY COLOR by Peter H. Reynolds
THE MONSTERS' MONSTER by Patrick McDonnell
HELLO! HELLO! by Matthew Cordell
Bonus (older book I just discovered this year)