Favorite Reads for Children

AND THE WINNER IS…

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

 

Winner

 

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:

 

Winner

 

The Crossover written by Kwame Alexander

 

Honor Books

 

El Deafo written and illustrated by Cece Bell

 

Brown Girl Dreaming written by Jacqueline Woodson

AND THE WINNER IS … (PT. II)

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:

 

Winner

 

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)

AND THE WINNER IS … (PT III)

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

 

Winner

 

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:

 

Winner

 

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

2014 BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK AWARDS

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

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOKS OF 2014

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

 

 

Fiction

 

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

 

 

Nonfiction

 

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

BOOKLIST 2014 EDITORS’ CHOICE

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

THIS BOOK JUST ATE MY DOG! BY RICHARD BYRNE

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

THE IRON TRIAL BY HOLLY BLACK & CASSANDRA CLARE

“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