Best of 2014 – #10

MPL KidsBest Reads 2014 We read a lot around these parts.  We read picture books, easy readers, graphic novels, non-fiction, juvenile fiction, young adult fiction, and sometimes we even get a chance to pick up a novel intended for adults.  For the next ten days, we’re going to count down to our favorite kids book we read this year.  Check back daily to see if your favorite made our list!  Today we’re starting with #10.

My Father’s Arms Are a Boat by Stein Erik Lunde

A father and a boy explore powerful emotions during one long Norwegian night.  They have lost their wife and mother; while grief and loss are addressed, they also experience hope and healing.  A tender look at a difficult topic. – Teresa

Lifetime:The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola M. Schaefer

Counting, animal facts, and beautiful illustrations make this non-fiction picture book super appealing.  Schaefer wisely chooses unusual animals, so the facts will surprise even the most curious kids.  Preschool and early elementary age kids will love this fun book. – Amanda

The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Want to live in a treehouse? Check this one out!  In this quirky story you will meet up with Andy and Terry who live in an amazing treehouse that seems to grow with each page. Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans will enjoy this book. – Christina

Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi

This piece of historical fiction is based on a real life prisoner in the Idaho Territory in 1885 who, at 10 years old, was serving time for manslaughter. Pileggi puts a spin on this character that shows just how deep his emotions really go and leaves the reader wondering if he really deserved the punishment he was handed. – Marta

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Learn to be yourself. – Sarah

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