Each December, Iím asked by kids and parents for a list of my favorite books published in that year. Putting together such a list is both fun and challenging. I read so many good books for kids and teens that it can be hard to keep the list a manageable size!
So hereís this yearís list. Please keep in mind that Iím not saying these books were the best of the year, just that they were some of my favorites. And donít forget that Iím always happy to try to match a book with a reader Ė itís definitely one of the best parts of my job. — KAM
is the go-to author/illustrator these days when it comes to the youngest readers. This year, she published two more gems: Tickle and Toot.
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by 2013 Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett, who wrote Klassenís 2013 Caldecott Honor book, Extra Yarn (ages 3-7)
Watch the book trailer.
The Baby Tree, written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, noted for her work with the Measles-Rubella Initiative (ages 3-6)
My Teacher Is a Monster, written and illustrated by Peter Brown (ages 4-7)
Watch Peter Brown at the National Book Festival.
Whereís Mommy?, written by Beverly Donofrio and illustrated by Barbara McClintock (ages 3-6)
The Farmer and the Clown, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee (ages 4-7)
Time for Bed, Fred, written and illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail (ages 3-6); it was selected as one of the New York Times Best Illustrated books this year.
A young fan.
Once Upon the Alphabet, written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (ages 4-8)
A peek inside.
The Iridescence of Birds, a book about artist Henri Matisse written by Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Hadley Hooper (ages 4-7)
Gaston, written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Christian Robinson
The illustrator talks about the book.
Mix It Up!, written and illustrated by Hervé Tullet, of Press Here fame (ages 3-7)
Tullet talks about his book.
Bad Bye, Good Bye, written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Jonathan Bean (ages 4-7)
EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS:
LeRoy Ninker Saddles Up, written by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
DiCamillo at the National Book Festival.
Visiting Takoma Park.
Digby OíDay in the Fast Lane, written and illustrated by Shirley Hughes and Clara Vuillamy
Dory Fantasmagory, written by Abby Hanlon
MIDDLE-GRADE FICTION (ages 8-12)
The Madman of Piney Woods, written by Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
Rain Reign by Ann Martin
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
The book trailer.
Nuts To You, written and illustrated by Newbery Medalist Lynne Rae Perkins
Revolution, written by Deborah Wiles
Wiles reads at the National Book Awards finalists reading.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION (ages 12 up)
We Were Liars, written by E. Lockhart
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Eliot Schrefer's Threatened
Schrefer reads at the National Book Awards finalists reading.
Noggin, written by Printz Award winner John Cory Whaley
Whaley reads at the National Book Awards finalists reading.
El Deafo, written and illustrated by Cece Bell (ages 8-12)
Bell and Telgemeier together.
The Dumbest Idea Ever, written and illustrated by Jimmy Gownley (ages 8-12)
The book trailer.
The Return of Zita the Space Girl, written and illustrated by Ben Hatke
The book trailer.
Benny and Penny in Lost and Found, written and illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes (comics-style beginning reader, ages 4-7)
Hayes reads from another Benny Penny book.
Aphrodite, written and illustrated by George OíConnor
A visit to the author's studio.
This One Summer, written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (ages 12 up)
The illustrator discusses the book.
Sisters, written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier (ages 8-12)
The author discusses the book.
Ashley Bryanís Puppets, written by Ashley Bryan (ages 7 up)
The puppets in Ashley Bryan's home.
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet (ages 7-10)
Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines, written by Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman (ages 10 up)
An interview with the author.
The Family Romanov, written by Candace Fleming (ages 10 up)
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, written by Susan Kuklin (ages 12 up)
A noisy interview with the author.
Chasing Cheetahs, written by Sibert Medalist Sy Montgomery, with photographs by Nic Bishop
The author at home.
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson
Port Chicago 50, written by Steve Sheinkin (ages 10 up)
Sheinkin reads at the National Book Awards finalists reading.
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Familyís Fight for Desegregation, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
Sylvia Mendez herself.
Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline Woodson (this book won the 2014 National Book Award for Young Peopleís Literature)
Woodson reads at the National Book Awards finalists reading.
Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems, selected by Paul Janeczko and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons, written and illustrated by Jon Muth
Posted by library at December 7, 2014 03:12 PM