Best of 2014 – #9

MPL KidsBest Reads 2014 (1)

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 looking at #9.

Ninja! by Arree Chung

A true ninja can overcome all challenges. -Sarah

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

This is an extremely spooky tale about two orphaned children during the time of Victorian England. They are working as servants in a creepy mansion that is haunted by an ancient curse that threatens the lives of all who live within. -Christina

Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman

This heartfelt picture book has you rooting for Jacob and all kids who just want to be themselves without being labeled.  It is a fresh look at a tough topic that leaves the reader feeling good about the realistic way the story ends. -Marta

My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems

Does your child get upset when his friend plays with someone else?  Many kindergartners can read this book and understand the message on their own, as Willems uses 12 or fewer words on a page.  Another Willems’ Piggie and Elephant story. -Teresa

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

There are a lot of books out there that tackle bullying with varying success. Meg Medina’s Yaqui Delgado stands out from the crowd, because it feels real.  Piddy’s fear is palpable and she makes many relatable mistakes, despite having well-meaning adults willing to help.  A seriously impressive novel. -Amanda

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