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Favorite Children’s Books of 2014

With the 2015 just days away and my reading going so slowly, I figured it’s time to throw in the towel and post my list of this year’s favorite reads. I divided my long list into three posts: children’s fiction and nonfiction, young adult and middle school reads, and adult fiction and nonfiction.
Though I didn’t read as much as I usually do, I was really surprised as to how many fantastic books I read. The books on my lists are ones that I really enjoyed, would re-read, and would buy.

Since I rarely review children’s books, all links lead you to Goodreads for more information about each book.

Children’s Fiction

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The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo
Gravity by Jason Chen
Blizzard by John Rocco
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

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Miss Brooks’ Story Nook by Barbara Bottner
The Monsterator by Keith Graves
Going Places by Peter H. Reynolds
Ben Rides On by Matt Davies

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Knock Knock by Daniel Beaty
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Camp Rex by Molly Idle

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The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
The Reader by Amy Hest
Off to Market by Elizabeth Dale
Mousterpiece by Jane Breskin Zalbin

Children’s Nonfiction

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The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jennifer Fisher Bryant
Noah Webster and His Words by Jeri Chase Ferris
Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock

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Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman
The Noisy Paintbox: The Colors and Sounds of Kadinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock
Art From her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter by Kathy Whitehead

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Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Lady Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins

What were some of your favorite children’s books this year?

13 thoughts on “Favorite Children’s Books of 2014”

  1. A lot of these were favorites of mine, too. One I loved that is not on your list is The Farmer and the Clown.

    I’m hoping to do a Mock Caldecott in January at school, and I’m sure a lot of these will be included.

  2. Nice looking list! We haven’t read very many picturebooks here this year, but I think that needs to change for the new year. There’s so much that can be learned from a picturebook, for an older child. I’ll have to check out the books on your list!

  3. Love to see the Clementine Hunter bio on another list! I really loved that one too–definitely in my nonfiction top 10 for the year, though I don’t know if I’m going to put together a nonfiction top 10. I’m getting listed out!

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