Do you have a special place in your hearts for kids’ books? Us too! Here are our picks for 2013:
That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
A duck is approached by a sneaky looking, fast talking wolf, inviting her back to his house for dinner…is this a good idea? I love stories in which the author plays on the reader’s preconceived notions of a story and then flips it upside down. Mo Willems does not disappoint. – Bethany
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
It’s like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but inside a fantastical library! Puzzles, clues, and great characters make this book a fun and fast read. – Bernice
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
Timmy and his best friend Total, a polar bear, run a detective agency together named Total Failure. Their detection skills live up to their company name, providing the reader many laughs as Timmy believes he is truly a star detective. Perfect for Diary of a Wimpy kid fans!
North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler
Wrestled away from her Spring Break, Mia joins her mom on a trip to the small fishing town of Porthaven to look for her missing grandfather. One mystery quickly turns into two when she discovers a mysterious boat on the coast. – Jeff
The Tortoise and the Hare by Jerry Pinkney
This nearly wordless retelling of the classic story emphasizes slowing down to enjoy the process, and that even the toughest competitors can be friends and supporters. Take time to savor the beautiful illustrations!
Itch by Simon Mayo
Some kids collect baseball cards, others collect comics, Itchingham Lofte aspires to collect all the elements in the periodic table. The hobby of gathering sometimes explosive collectables proves dangerous enough, but when Itch gets ahold of a rock that he can’t quite categorize the situation turns from bad to worse. – Jeff
Friday is our final Staff Picks of 2013 day. Join us as we reveal our favorite DVDs, CDs, and graphic novels of 2013!