Top 10 of 2018: #8




A Dog Named Doug

by Karma Wilson

This dog just can’t get enough of digging!  THe tongue twisting, rhyming, fun text and equally fun and visually appealing pictures make this a great book to share with your preschoolers.



The Rabbit Listened

by Cori Doerrfeld

A small child has built a tower and suddenly it is destroyed.  Animals come by one at a time and offer advice, but the child is not ready.  Then rabbit comes and knows just what to do.

This title is a lesson for all of us and can help children learn to give people time, support and allow them to feel in their own way, in their own time.



I Just Ate My Friend

by Heidi McKinnon

The protagonist eating his or her peers is nothing new on this year’s top 10 List (looking at you, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates).  The hilarious story of this expressive yellow monster looking for a new friend (and maybe learning something about impulse control along the way) will do well with fans of Jon Klassen and the aforementioned Ryan T. Higgins.



Geeky F@b 5: It’s Not Rocket Science

by Lucy and Liz Lareau

We are wild about this book here!  We may be a little partial, as Lucy and Liz are local authors who have visited MPL, but this was legitimately one of my and ,y daughter’s favotire books of the year.  All of the 5 main characters are fully fleshed out in all their feeky flory, and the plot and emotions are interesting and real.  AND there’s even a sassy cat named Hubble!  We cannot wait for Vol. 2: Mystery of the Missing Monarchs coming out this April!




The Rough Patch

by Brian Lies

There aren’t many books on grief I’d let make my way onto the top 10, but this one has been etched in my memory all year.  Lies has expertly crafted his pictures and text for young readers in this tender story.  Evan and his dog do everything together.  They especially love to work in the garden together.  One day, Evan’s dog passes away and Evan is heartbroken.  Lies gently illustrates the many emotions Evan goes through after losing his friend.  Everything from deep sadness and anger to finally coming back around to hope and eventual happiness. The ending brings peace to Evan and I think will surprise readers.  I read this book at the children’s desk and ended up having a happy tear in my eye by the end.  What I love about this book is that without reading a single word, a child will understand what has happened and be able to empathize with Evan.  Even for the very young this book would be an excellent resource to talk about grief and feelings.

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