Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Favorite Children's Books of 2014

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Some of my favorite bloggers have been compiling lists of their favorite books of the year (which means my "to read" list is growing). I have read quite a few great books myself this year, but for some reason, the ones that stand out most are children's books. I loved so many children's stories this year. They were sweet, fun, wholesome, and beautifully illustrated.

So that's what I want to share.

First, a couple of notes: 1) These books may or may not have been published in 2014. I just happened to discover them this year. 2) I have provided Amazon affiliate links for each book. This is just so you can easily learn more about the book. If you happen to purchase using these links, Amazon may send a small amount my way which I will put toward blog expenses.

Now, on with the list!

Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
This book actually was newly published this year and is enchanting (as anything with unicorn in the title might suggest). Uni is a unicorn who believes that maybe, just maybe, little girls are real. I know... *swoon*

Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
My friend handed me this book in a library saying it looked like one I might like. She was right. After reading it, I immediately ordered a copy to add to our own library. In it Ramon is discouraged from drawing by his big brother, until his sister points out that his picture of a vase may not be perfect, but it is "vase-ish." Ramon goes on to create all sorts of ish drawings.

Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
I love Amy Krouse Rosenthal, if that wasn't evident already. This magical book is about a girl who plants a kiss, then watches it grow. As if Amy penning the story wasn't enough, Peter H. Reynolds illustrated it.

Oliver's Tree by Kit Chase
A sweet story with equally sweet illustrations wherein woodland creatures help their elephant friend find a tree he can play in. As you might imagine, this is a tough task.

The Night Pirates: Pop-Up Adventure by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright
A fun adventure where a boy's house becomes the facade of a pirate ship sneaking around. Be sure to get the pop-up version because the pop-up creations are surprisingly elaborate at times and add to the magic of the story.

Kipper's A to Z: An Alphabet Adventure by Mick Inkpen
Kipper is a favorite in our family and this book wonderfully covers the alphabet while actually having a plot (as opposed to "A is for Apple").

Of course I read many wonderful children's books with my son this year, but these were my favorites. What are your favorite stories?

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