My Favorite Children’s Books of 2014….

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This is my list of the best children’s books of the past year. It’s a highly subjective list, but they are all books that put good words and pictures in children’s hands and help them to explore and understand the world.

Some of the books can fit into two categories. For example, there are a few picture books on the Preschooler list, but I put them there because the books are perfect for very young children. Also, there are no descriptions here – the post would have been too long!  More information is available in lots of places online or from your local library or bookseller.

Happy Shopping and Reading….


For Preschoolers

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

Ninja! by Arree Chung

Sleepover With Beatrice and Bear by Monica Carnesi

Five Trucks by Brian Floca

Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli

The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara

Planes Go, Diggers Go, Trains Go by Steve Light

100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz

Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet


Picture Books

My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Ayelsworth

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

Firebird by Misty Copland

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

Once Upon An Alphabet: Short Stories For All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnelll

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

Before After by Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Aregui

Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman

Malala/Iqbal: Two Stories of Bravery by Jeanette Winter


Early Chapter Books

The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Shelter Pet Squad by Cynthia Lord


Middle Grade

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

The Perfect Place by Teresa Harris

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

Explorer: The Hidden Doors by Kazu Kibuishi

The Only Thing Worse Than Witches by Lauren Magaziner

Rain Reign by Ann Martin

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell

Friendship Over by Julie Sternberg

Sisters by Raina Telagmier

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Middle School

Beetle Busters by Loree Griffin Burns

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Little Man by Elizabeth Mann

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman



The Most Beautiful Book….

Animalium by Katie Scott and Jenny Broom




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