Though the Times (of London) and the Horn Book (of Boston) may have their favorite children's books of the year, what are yours? Please don't limit yourself to 2005. Any wonderful thing you and/or yours read in the last year is great, especially a book that you would recommend as a gift.
I'll start off with one book, while thinking of some others. This one falls into the intermediate-reader category, but certain young adults and grown-ups will likely enjoy it, too. Drum roll, please. Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie (Candlewick, 2000). I wrote about it back in August, and continue to admire the novel, which would make a nice present for 9- to 12-year-old girl.
How about the rest of y'all?