Best of 2014 – #5

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 #5.

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

I’m always skeptical of books written by celebrities (particularly picture books), but I was more than pleasantly surprised when I opened up B.J. Novak’s first foray into children’s literature.  Novak created a hilarious read-aloud that has wide appeal, and smartly demonstrates to younger kids that books don’t need pictures to be entertaining. -Amanda

My Teacher is a Monster by Peter Brown

Bobby is constantly getting trouble with his teacher, Ms. Kirby. In fact, she is a monster.  When Bobby runs into Ms. Kirby in the park one Saturday, he discovers that appearances can be deceiving. The illustrations are priceless! -Teresa

Bobby has teacher troubles.  Ms. Kirby is a total monster!  Or so he thinks until he spends a WHOLE DAY with her.  With Brown’s hilarious illustrations, we get to see Ms. Kirby through Bobby’s eyes for the monster she really is.  Or is she?  For any kid who isn’t his teacher’s biggest fan (and even the ones who are) this book will be an instant hit. -Marta

Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke

Julia’s house is too quiet until she makes a sign. -Sarah

Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner

Goldie impulsively escapes her restrictive life in the city of Jewel, where children are required to wear guardchains for their protection. While she finds some safety in a nearby museum, she also discovers an ever-shifting world with mysterious secrets that threaten her city, the people she loves, and her life.  -Christina

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