My Favorite Children’s Books of 2013!

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Here is a list of my favorite children’s books of the past year.  It is a totally subjective list – books I would recommend to friends who are on their way out to do some holiday shopping. I’ve written about several of them in past blog posts so the list does not include comments or summaries. But you know I love them all!

Happy Shopping…


Put On Your Shoes! by Dan Stiles

Elicopter by Michael Slack


Picture Books

Big Snow by Jonathan Bean

Journey by Aaron Becker

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton

Train by Elisha Cooper

Locomotive by Brian Floca

The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Early Readers

Dodsworth in Tokyo by Tim Egan

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Middle Grade Novels

Sidekicked by John David Anderson

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata (winner of the National Book Award!)

Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace by Nan Marino

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (older middle grade)


Historical Fiction

Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes

The Vine Basket by Josanne LaValley

Lara’s Gift by Annemarie O’Brien

All My Noble Dreams by Gloria Whelan


Fantasy Novels

Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

Real Boy by Anne Ursau

Mister Max by Cynthia Voigt

Graphic Novels

Blufton by Matt Phelan

Fairy Tale Comics



On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne

Electric Ben by Robert Byrd

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinskis


One thought on “My Favorite Children’s Books of 2013!

  1. Love this list and LOVED seeing your presentation yesterday!

    How about:

    Dream Friends by You Byun
    Yes, Let’s by Galen Longstreth and Maris Wicks
    A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet (hard to pick put any one book by Melissa Sweet, I know)
    Wild by Emiliy Hughes
    Odd Duck by Castellucci and Varon

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