2014 Staff Picks: Children’s Favorites, pt. 2

Continuing on from last week, we are still featuring some thoughts on our favorite titles from 2014.  This week we will be focusing on the youth with three days of books that are for the under-18 set. But adults, these books are for you too – especially if you enjoy reading to your children!  

And remember, if you want the full 2014 Staff Picks list, you can visit any of our library locations or check out it out online in two parts: 2014 Staff Picks for Adults and 2014 Staff Picks for Children.

Here are our favorite board and picture books of 2014:

100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz

100 Things That Make Me HappyRhyming couplets and charming illustrations of many wonderful things in a child’s life (from apple pies and butterflies to submarines and jellybeans), inspiring thoughts of what else might be included. – Jan




Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Bear Sees ColorsBear and friends are walking through the forest.  Who knew the forest could be so colorful?  Red!  Blue!  Yellow!  Green!  With a gently rhyme and playful illustrations, this is a lively, interactive book to share with a preschooler, as readers are invited to help bear find colors everywhere. – Bethany


Construction by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock

ConstructionFor the young truck and big machinery lovers in your life!  Filled with fun vocabulary, rhythm and engaging, active illustrations, readers are taken through the construction process and excitement of building a library:  “Fill the holes.  Fill the holes.  Let the concrete drop.  Spread it fast before it sets.  Sloosh!  Slosh!  Slop!”  Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock are a masterful team – their other titles of Demolition and Roadwork are equally as fun and engaging. – Bethany


The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

The Farmer and the ClownA gem of a wordless picture book.  A lone farmer happens to see a young clown fall off a circus train.  He gently and graciously brings the boy back home, caring for him as his own until the train passes back by.  The illustrations are emotionally rich and the book’s setting is wonderfully plain and bare, bringing all attention to the relationship between these two unique individuals.  Additionally, I adore Marla Frazee and her editor.  She is a true master of letting the illustrations speak for themselves and become their own story and characters.  – Bethany


Honk, Honk, Baa, Baa by Petr Horacek

Honk, Honk, Baa, BaaA fantastic first board book for babies that features clear, bold illustrations of familiar animals and the sounds they make.  The pages are uniquely staggered so that little fingers can practice turning a page.  Lots of fun – my 9 month old son loves this book! – Bethany



The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

The Most Magnificent ThingA girl has the most magnificent invention in her mind!  She and her assistant, her dog, set off on an engineering and construction adventure of prototypes, none of which turn out to be the magnificent result she desired.  Frustrated, her assistant takes her on a walk that helps change her perspective and ultimately decide to try again one last time, this time with excellent results.  A fun story of determination, perseverance, creativity and engineering. – Bethany


Sam & Dave Dig A Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Sam & Dave Dig A HoleThe duo that brought us the Newbery Honor title Extra Yarn have teamed up again.  Sam and Dave, with the help of their dog, decide to dig for something spectacular.  They dig and dig and dig, only to end up back home…or did they?  This is a book to read and savor the illustrations, finding delight in subtle clues that add a fascinating depth and creativity to the story.  – Bethany



That’s all folks!
We hope you enjoyed our 2014 picks as much as we did.


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