Top 10 of 2018: #10



I Got a Chicken for My Birthday 

by Laura Gehl

This is a fun, crazy book about a girl who asked for tickets to go to the amusement park and got a chicken instead. Who gets a chicken for a birthday? And that’s not all, the chicken has absolutely no time for the birthday girl as it creates a special surprise. The pictures and text are creative and fun. A great book to share for preschool to 2nd grade.



Don’t Blink! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

This is a stay-up-past-your-bedtime book if you can avoid blinking! Each time you blink you have to turn to the next page.  Owl tries to help and has great suggestions to avoid blinking.  The illustrations are cure and this title is a lot of fun.


She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History

by Chelsea Clinton

I’ve noticed there has been a rise in kids’ books about activism and women’s history this past year which I am THRILLED about. She Persisted Around the World is a global follow-up to Clinton’s She Persisted and briefly discusses the lives of 13 women around the world who have made their mark on history.


Norse Myths: Tales Of Odin, Thor And Loki

by Keven Crossley-Holland

I am such a huge fan of mythology, and Norse mythology in particular.  You can read my blog about it here!

In this book, the bold ink illustrations highlight the action of the stories perfectly.  I was happy to see some familiar favorites, like Thor Goes Fishing, and some I had never read before, like Alvis Outwitted.

This book would be perfect for anyone interested in Viking lore or a young Marvel fan.


Drawn Together

by Minh Le

A grandfather and grandson overcome a language and cultural barrier through art and storytelling in this exciting picture book.  I have always been a huge fan of Dan Santat’s illustrations but I love the voice he gives both the grandfather and grandson in this story.  The way he weaves their personalities (which are drastically different) together as the book progresses is so well done through the illustrations.  This read would be wonderful for kids in elementary school who can pick up on the story the pictures tell as well as the words.




Best of 2016 #7

Welcome to the first full weekend of 2017!  With the January winds still whipping, it is the perfect time to delve into what is in store for you at the #7 spot on our Best of 2016 lists.  Wondering what titles you have missed?  Find out here.



Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill

Homer the dog gets to live the life of a wolf for a week.


Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching by Laura Gehl

Peep is so excited for Egg to hatch!  Sadly, Egg isn’t so sure hatching is a good idea.  The light humor in this book shines in an excellent tale of what happens when you stop worrying about what could go wrong and start looking forward to things that could go right.


Not As We Know It by Tom Avery

Eleven year old twins Jamie and Ned have always done everything together, but Ned is sick with Cystic Fibrosis, and may one day leave his brother behind.   When they find a sea creature washed up on the beach, they name him Leonard and take him home.  But why is Leonard here? A beautiful, haunting story about the bonds between brothers with a touch of magical realism, grief, and ultimately, hope.


Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter by Brad Meltzer

As an ardent lover of biographies, I was thrilled to find these collections to pass on to my kids.  Short and sweet, these books poignantly show the impact even one small life can have.