Best of 2014 – #7

MPL KidsBest Reads 2014 (3)

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 #7.

Hilda and the Black Hound
by Luke Pearson

The fourth book in Luke Pearson’s whimsical, charming graphic novel series about a twee girl with blue hair and unwavering curiosity, is exciting and funny.  Already a fan of Hilda, I went into reading this graphic novel knowing that I’d enjoy it, but I didn’t realize how much!  Read this now, but don’t forget to pick up the rest of the series! -Amanda

Wild Magic (Immortals Series) by Tamora Pierce

Daine has a wild magic, a knack with animals. She also has a secret she fears will be discovered. Mythical beasts, battles between good and evil, and the story of a young girl’s struggle to find safety and acceptance. -Christina

Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems

This latest edition to the Elephant and Piggie series is a laugh-out-loud read that will have you and your little one trying to figure out what wonderful surprise Piggie has in store for Gerald as they wait and wait and wait for it arrive! -Marta

What to Do When You’re Sent to Your Room by Ann Stott

Great advice from a kid who knows. -Sarah

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Three hunters with nets trudge through a deep forest and spot an exquisite red bird. The smallest hunter says “hello, birdie”, which provokes hushes from his companions, who tell him, “We have a plan”. The three hunters tiptoe forward, nets ready, but fall over each other when they pounce. The bird sails off, undisturbed, and the pattern of greeting, hushing, and pouncing repeats with equally slapstick results. A simple story with vibrant illustrations. -Teresa


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