Hopefully you have enjoyed reading our favorite reads of 2016. And now *insert drum roll here* our what we thought were the BEST 2016 had to offer…
Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian
This book celebrates the fact that love is love is love!
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm
This is one of the best, most entertaining, kid-accessible historical fiction books I have read in a long time. The chapters read quickly and are packed with action or information to put the story together. This book is so well written that it will capture even your most reluctant reader. Beans Curry and his marble-playing gang The Keepsies had me rooting for them as they work with the New Dealers to rebuild Key West after the Depression while dealing with fires, illness, mobsters, and friendships.
There’s a Bear On My Chair by Ross Collins
Mouse complains, with escalating rage, that there’s a (polar) bear on his chair. When his words fail, mouse leaves and gets his revenge. Sure to be a classic read-aloud!
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Like all great fairy tales, this book shows the light in a work filled with darkness and woe. Several stories in one, this magical tale weaves separate narratives together to a riveting conclusion that will leave even the most seasoned reader enthralled.
Rave reviews is a new series we are kicking off to share books we have really enjoyed with you! Check us out each month as we add new reviews from different children’s staff here at MPL. Our first Rave Review comes from Janna.
I’ll confess: despite the sage advice to never to choose a book based on its cover, that’s exactly what I did. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill caught my eye one afternoon lying abandoned on a shelf, and I simply had to read it. The image of a girl standing fearless in front of a glowing full moon, commanding an army of glowing paper cranes, was enchanting, and thankfully, the story inside did not disappoint. Like all great fairy tales, The Girl Who Drank the Moon shows the light in a world filled with darkness and woe. For generations, the people of the Protectorate have endured the evils of the witch in the woods, living in constant fear for their lives, and paying the ultimate sacrifice to appease her. Only one boy dares to defy the Elders by seeking answers to questions no one else dares to ask. Locked away in a tower, a madwoman prays for a day of revenge, and an infant abandoned in the woods grows into her secret power. Stories long forgotten must be remembered to save this world from the evils of the Sorrow Eater, and the cloud of sadness that threatens to swallow them all.
Several stories in one, this magical tale weaves separate narratives together to a riveting conclusion that will leave even the most seasoned reader enthralled.