Best of 2014 – #1

MPL KidsBest Reads 2014 (6)

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.  And we’ve finally made it to #1!  Check out the posts from the previous 9 days to see what else we recommend!

This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris

This book is silliness at its best!  A picky director is creating a perfect documentary for the reader about a normal moose doing moose things.  His shoot keeps getting interrupted because his star moose is anything but normal.  From lively grannies to scrappy squirrels, this book will have kids laughing to the last page.  Morris puts a cute and funny spin on what it means to be true to one’s self. -Marta

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I’ve talked about Brown Girl Dreaming before on the blog, so I think it is pretty clear that this book was a standout for me.  In a year when the call for diversity (http://weneeddiversebooks.org/) has been the hottest topic in children’s literature, it is appropriate that the best book of the year showed exactly why diverse books are necessary.  A beautiful, lyrical autobiography, Woodson has written the best book of the year. -Amanda

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

A quiet holiday becomes full of suspense as one guest after another arrives unannounced to the secluded smuggler’s inn. Twelve year old Milo has to sort out the strange stories, missing items and unresolved deaths without being detected. -Christina

Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

Thirteen-year-old Margaret O’Malley is convinced of her father’s innocence even after he’s sentenced to death by the cruel Judge Lucas Biggs.  In a desperate attempt to save her dad, Margaret uses her family’s secret – and forbidden – ability to time travel.  With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret jumps back to a year that changed Lucas Biggs into the cruel man of today.  The forces of history resist, and Margaret is running out of chances to set things right. -Teresa

Naked by Michael Ian Black

An energetic book about a boy being free. -Sarah

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