Favorite Reads for Children


One word and some enthusiasm can be a powerful combination.  Little Green’s shout of “Go!” wakes up the construction equipment from their nap and prompts them back to work building a new bridge.  However, his repeated encouragement leads to a bit of chaos.  Thankfully, newcomer Little Red’s “Stop!” provides the break everyone needs to regroup.  Can Little Red and Little Green work together to get the bridge building back on track?  Perfect for sharing one-on-one or with a group, this engaging title begs to be followed by a game of Red Light – Green Light.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library

Recommended for ages 2-5.


With a reputation for being clever, quick and cunning, no one should be surprised to discover that weasels spend their days plotting world domination. However, just as their plans for supremacy are about to come to fruition, the lights black out.  The weasels scramble to locate the source of their troubles.  A tale told as much through the conversation bubbles and illustrations as the text, readers with sharp eyes will detect the problem ahead of its resolution. 

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library

Recommended for grades 1 – 4.


Holy bagumba!  This year’s Newbery Medal winner is an action-packed tale featuring a host of quirky characters and filled with graphics and comic-style layouts.  Using knowledge gleamed from a comic book, Flora Belle Buckman, a natural-born cynic, revives a squirrel that had been sucked up by her neighbor’s super-suction, multi-terrain vacuum cleaner only to discover that the incident has provided the squirrel with super powers.  Surprises keep coming as she meets her neighbor’s unique grandnephew, discovers her mother is Ulysses’ archenemy, and realizes hope and love are also formidable super powers.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library

Recommended for grades 3 – 6.

2014 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books

For the “most distinguished American picture book for children”


 “Locomotive” illustrated and written by Brian Floca



 “Journey” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker


“Flora and the Flamingo” written and illustrated by Molly Idle


“Mr. Wuffles!” written and illustrated by David Wiesner

2014 Coretta Scott King Award Winner and Honor Books

For an African-American author and illustrator



 Author Award:  “P.S. Be Eleven” written by Rita Williams-Garcia


Illustrator Award:  “Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me”  illustrated by Brian Collier

            Written by Daniel Beaty




 Author:  “Words with Wings” written by Nikki Grimes


Illustrator:  “Nelson Mandela” illustrated by Kadir Nelson

            Written by Kadir Nelson

2014 Pura Belpre Award Winner and Honor Books

For a Latino writer and illustrator “whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience”



 “Nino Wrestles the World” illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales



 Author:  “Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale” written by Duncan Tonatiuh

            Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh


Illustrator:  “Maria Had a Little Llama” illustrated and written by Angela Dominguez


Illustrator: “Tito Puente: Mambo King” illustrated by Rafael Lopez

            Written by Monica Brown


Illustrator:  “Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale” illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

            Written by Duncan Tonatiuh

2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner and Honor Books

For the best beginning reader book


 “The Watermelon Seed” written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli



 “Ball” written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan


“A Big Guy Took My Ball” written and illustrated by Mo Willems


“Penny and Her Marble” written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

2014 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award Winner and Honor Books

For informational books for children


 “Parrots Over Puerto Rico” written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

            Illustrated by Susan L. Roth



 “A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin” written by Jen Bryant

            Illustrated by Melissa Sweet


 “Look Up: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard” written by Annette LeBlanc Cate

            Illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate


“Locomotive” written by Brian Floca

            Illustrated by Brian Floca


“The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius” written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

2014 John Newbery Medal and Honor Book Winners

For the “most outstanding contribution to children’s literature”



 “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” written by Kate DiCamillo

            Illustrated by K.G. Campbell



 “Doll Bones” written by Holly Black


“The Year of Billy Miller” written by Kevin Henkes


“One Came Home” written by Amy Timberlake


“Paperboy” by Vince Vawter

Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013 by School Library Journal

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


Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty by Tonya Bolden


Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution by Don Brown


A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant


Locomotive by Brian Floca


Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker’s Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty by Russell Freedman


The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan


Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd


Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel


Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin


Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis Pinkney


To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport


Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth & Cindy Trumbore


Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People by Susan Goldman Rubin


Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch


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