If you loved Smile by Raina Telgemeier…

Smile by Raina Telgemeier (Read Alikes Series)


Better Nate than Ever, Loot, How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied, The Fourteenth Goldfish, Flora & Ulysses, Half a Chance, The Silver Six, El Deafo, Chiggers, Zita the Spacegirl


Best of 2014 – #4

MPL KidsBest Reads 2014 (2)

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 #4.

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

When Mr. Tiger gets bored with life being so prim and proper, he decides to leave the city and go wild!  Free to finally be himself, he realizes he’s lonely.  When he returns, he finds his friends have all loosened up; that it’s OK go wild once in awhile! -Teresa

Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Uni believes that little girls are real. -Sarah

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Rumpelstiltskin’s tale as we know it never paints him as a good guy.  He is just the mean guy trying to steal the queen’s first born, right?  Well, that is only a small part of his story, taken totally out of context!  Rump is the heartfelt story of a kid trying to overcome a past he doesn’t understand to create a future bigger than he could imagine.  The author beautifully weaves elements of the classic tale in with this modern telling to make a memorable adventure.  Great as a bedtime read aloud! -Marta

Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

Zoe Elias dreams of becoming a famous pianist but when her father buys an electric organ instead she discovers a hidden talent. -Christina

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Sometimes it is the books about being different that feel the most universal, and Cece Bell’s charming graphic novel about her unique childhood is a perfect example of this.  Bell’s search for a true friend and her use of humor to hide her emotions will appeal to all kids (and many adults!), particularly fans of Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novels.  -Amanda

Reading slump


I’m in a reading slump.  This always happens after I finish a book (or books) that I really love.  It just feels like nothing is as good as the last book I read.  I just finished Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and El Deafo by Cece Bell.  Nothing I pick up appeals to me in the same way as those two (very different) books.  I have a growing stack of books waiting to be read, and I’m barely slogging through.  So how do I get out of a slump?

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