Favorite Reads for Children


The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:




The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend illustrated and written by Dan Santat


Honor Books


Nana in the City illustrated and written by Lauren Castillo


The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds on Kandinsky’s Abstract Art illustrated by Mary GrandPre and written by Barb Rosenstock


Sam & Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett


Viva Frieda illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales


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


This One Summer illustrated by Jillian Tamaki and written by Mariko Tamaki



The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:




The Crossover written by Kwame Alexander


Honor Books


El Deafo written and illustrated by Cece Bell


Brown Girl Dreaming written by Jacqueline Woodson


The Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults:


Author Winner


Brown Girl Dreaming written by Jacqueline Woodson


Honor Books


The Crossover written by Kwame Alexander


How I Discovered Poetry written by Marilyn Nelson


How It Went Down written by Kekla Magoon (for teen readers)



The Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award recognizing an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children:


Illustrator Winner


Firebird illustrated by Christopher Myers and written Misty Copeland


Honor Books


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Patricia Hruby Powell


Little Melba and Her Big Trombone illustrated by Frank Morrison and written by Katheryn Russell-Brown



The Pura Belpre (Author) Award honoring Latino authors whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience:




I Lived on Butterfly Hill written by Marjorie Agostin


Honor Book


Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes written by Juan Felipe Herrera



The Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the . . . → Read More: AND THE WINNER IS … (PT. II)


The Theodore Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:




You Are (Not) Small written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant


Honor Books


Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Arthur Howard


Waiting Is Not Easy written and illustrated by Mo Willems



The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:




The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus written by Jen Bryant


Honor Books


Brown Girl Dreaming written by Jacqueline Woodson


The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia written by Candace Fleming


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson


Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands written and illustrated by Katherine Roy


Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh


Nonfiction Winner


The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

(for grades 7 and up)



Nonfiction Honor Books


The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest – and Most Surprising – Animals on Earth by Steve Jenkins


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell



Picture Book Winner


Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown



Picture Book Honor Books


Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty


Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan


Picture Books


Aylesworth, Jim          My Grandfather’s Clock


Barton, Byron             My Bus


Beebe, Katy                Brother Hugo and the Bear


Blackall, Sophie          The Baby Tree


Browne, Anthony       What If…?


Cole, Henry                 Big Bug


Cox, Lynne                 Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas


Dolan, Elys                 Weasels


Frazee, Marla              The Farmer and the Clown


Gay, Marie-Louise      Any Questions?


Jeffers, Oliver             Once Upon an Alphabet


MacLachlan, Patricia  The Iridescence of Birds


Morales, Yuyi             Viva Frida


Soman, David             Three Bears in a Boat


Tan, Shaun                  Rules of Summer





Alexander, Kwame     The Crossover


Auxier, Jonathan         The Night Gardener


Bell, Cece                    El Deafo


Ehrlich, Esther            Nest


Foxlee, Karen              Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy


Lagercrantz, Rose       My Heart is Laughing


Martin, Ann M.           Rain Reign


Oppel, Kenneth           The Boundless


Pinkney, Andrea D.    The Red Pencil


Preus, Margi                West of the Moon


Rundell, Katherine      Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms


Telgemeier, Raina       Sisters


Wiles, Deborah           Revolution





Bryant, Jen                  The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus


Ehlert, Lois                 The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life


Fleischman, Paul         . . . → Read More: SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOKS OF 2014


Nonfiction for Middle Readers


At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui by Christine Liu-Perkins


Beetle Busters by Loree Griffin Burns


Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin


The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupery by Peter Sis



Nonfiction for Young Readers


Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm


Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko


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


The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant


Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies



Fiction for Middle Readers


The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel


The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett


Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen


Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata


The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos


The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis


The Map to Everywhere . . . → Read More: BOOKLIST 2014 EDITORS’ CHOICE

100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime

This is a wonderful list of children’s books that we know you will enjoy reading with your little one.  The votes are in, and Goodreads readers have selected the following list of 100 books.

100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime


As Bella takes her dog for a walk across the pages, he disappears into the crack (the gutter) down the middle of the book.   As others come along to offer her some assistance, they also disappear in the same way.  The reader is then called upon to save the day by shaking and wiggling and shaking the book some more to let everybody out. The story ends with a cute note to the reader to tell the book not to be so naughty next time.

Reviewed by Michelle Zimostrad, Hoyt Library

Recommended for ages 3-6


“FIRE wants to BURN.  WATER wants to FLOW.  AIR wants to RISE.  EARTH wants to BIND.  CHAOS wants to DEVOUR.”  Warned about the dangers of magic his whole life by his father, Callum Hunt does everything possible to fail the Iron Trial so he doesn’t have to attend the Magisterium, a school to teach youth with magical talents.  Callum is utterly confounded when Master Rufus chooses him as an apprentice despite having the lowest score.  Is magic really as evil as his father would have him believe?  The first in a new series by two bestselling authors ends with a delightful twist leaving readers filled with questions and begging for next title.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library

Recommended for grades 4-7

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman

This biographical picture book introduces elementary age readers to one of America’s most beloved figures.  More than just a president, Jefferson held many and varied interests from gardening, to art and music.  The book outlines his interests and accomplishments without glossing over the fact that he was also a flawed man.  A perfect introduction to one of our greatest presidents appropriate for young readers and a great book for reading aloud.

Reviewed by Kim White, Hoyt Library

Recommended for ages 6 – 10