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Reviewers Picks 2013

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Reviewers Picks 2013

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 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? 

THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP by Kathi Appelt

The tone of this story is pure fun, Appelt is an expert at drawing a child in and keeping them entertained. The two raccoon scouts, Bingo and J’miah, were my favorite, they were so funny and easy to picture I couldn’t help but smile every time they went on a mission. --- Alice Dalrymple

THE HOUSE OF HADES by Rick Riordan

I've been reading the Percy Jackson series since THE LIGHTENING THIEF came out in 2005, and Riordan's latest addition to the series didn't fail to live up to my ever-increasing expectations. The introduction of more Greek and Roman mythology, further character development, and fun humor and adventure still put a smile on my face, even as I've grown older. --- Brandon Leong

ROOFTOPPERS by Katherine Rundell

AFRICA IS MY HOME: A Child of the Amistad by Monica Edinger

On a personal note, AFRICA IS MY HOME is a story about one of the first international students that attended Oberlin College (just down the street from where I live). I actually got in contact with the author to thank her for producing this book. --- Anita Lock

HARD LUCK: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book Eight by Jeff Kinney

Guaranteed to make you laugh your socks off . --- Sheena Kowalski

THE ABONIMABLES by Eva Ibbotson

I just realized that Ibbotson wrote herself into this story in the character of Lady Agatha. This was the perfect goodbye from a beloved children’s book author. --- Alice Dalrymple

"WHEN DID YOU SEE HER LAST?" by Lemony Snicket

DOLL BONES by Holly Black 

A creepy doll that holds the ashes of a dead girl; this book is sure to make you sleep with the light on! --- Sheena Kowalski

FEARLESS by Cornelia Funke

Funke re-imagined Grimm's Fairy Tales in the fist book in this series, RECKLESS, and now follows up quite nicely with FEARLESS where the stakes are higher and the fairy tales much darker. --- Ben Boche

GHOST HAWK by Susan Cooper

THE SHADOWHAND COVENANT by Brian Farrey

This second installment in the series that began with THE VENGEKEEP PROPHECY expands the world that author Brian Farry created. It's the next best thing to Harry Potter. Yes, it's that good. --- Ben Boche

THE GREAT TROUBLE by Deborah Hopkinson

SWEET FEET: SAMANTHA GORDON'S WINNING SEASON by Samantha Gordon with Ari Bruening

I’m almost embarrassed to say that I didn’t know who Samantha Gordon really was until I read this book about her. This truly remarkable little athlete is turning the world of “boy’s” football on its ear. Go, Samantha! --- Christine Irvin

THE 9 LIVES OF ALEXANDER BADDENFIELD by John Bemelmans Marciano

THE ROYAL RANGER by John Flanagan

I’m a fan of John Flanagan’s The Ranger’s Apprentice series of books. I’ve read everyone in the series, so I was excited when I learned a new book was coming out. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. --- Christine Irvin

THE TERRIBLE THING THAT HAPPENED TO BARNABY BROCKET by John Boyne

Barnaby can fly and sets off on a magnificent adventure. This is a tale that will make you laugh and cry, and it is worth every moment. --- Sheena Kowalski

THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL by Don Brown

THEODORE BOONE: The Activist by John Grisham