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Kidsreads Reviewers Pick Their Favorite Books of 2014!

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Kidsreads Reviewers Pick Their Favorite Books of 2014!

There's no better way to start an argument with self-proclaimed book nerds than to ask "what is the best children's book of 2013?" We decided to get our lovely reviewers and Teen Board members involved in the debate by asking them to tell us a few of their favorites. See below for their picks, and a few fun quotes. Do you agree with their choices? 



Matthew Burbridge

Rebecca Czochor
  • HEAP HOUSE by Edward Carey 
    This is one of the most original books I've read in years. The plot and characters were all stunningly unique, and on top of that it was a complete page-turner! I can't wait to read the rest of this series when it comes out.

    This book had me in tears watching Will go from her wild life in Africa to a strict English boarding school after her father dies. But it's a beautiful book and I loved reading it.

Mary McC, Teen Board Member

  • THREE BIRD SUMMER, by Sara St. Antoine
    Disclaimer: I only reviewed one book for Kidsreads this year, so there isn't a lot of comparison going on... but I loved this! It has such a lyric quality to the prose, and the character development is wonderful. THREE BIRD SUMMER is a summery dream pinned down into inky words. It's the vacation you wish you'd had --- complete with mystery, conflict and a tiny dash of romance!

Corinne Fox

  • GRACEFULLY GRAYSON by Ami Polonsky
    I’m going to gush like a schoolgirl with a crush about this book because oh my goodness, this book was wonderful. Poignant and uplifting, this is the perfect book to introduce younger readers to the transgender community and the importance of accepting them, and it’ll touch older souls alike, serving as a reminder that the love between human beings can eradicate pain and prejudice. Please, please, everyone read this beautiful story about a transgender boy --- you will be very happy that you did. 

  • HELLO FROM 2030: The Science of the Future and You by Jan Paul Schutten
    A glorious look into the future, this book will entertain science fans and those not as familiar with the field alike. The illustrations are captivating, and it answers for adults many questions about the unknowns in the impending future.

  • PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD: The Frog Who Croaked by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
    As zany as it sounds, this was actually a great book. The title is deceiving, as there was nothing silly about it. The plot was solid and the characters quite developed. And bottom line is, I had an absolute blast reading this book, and sometimes, that’s what makes a novel so great.

  • LIFE OF ZARF: The Trouble with Weasels by Rob Harrell
    This is another example of a kooky but well-constructed piece of children’s literature that deserves attention. I read the book in one sitting because I was so entertained. It's perfectly suited for the young people of the next generation, who will like both the modern slang and technology as well as the charming themes and characters found in the worlds of fantasy and fairy tale. 

Charles Payseur

Norah Piehl

Brianna Robinson

Abbe Wright

  • AVA AND PIP by Carol Weston
    This book teaches the importance of not spreading rumors and is a primer on how to be a good friend and sister. A wonderful read for second - sixth graders.