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Our Picks for Best Children’s Books of 2014

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In time for holiday reading and gift giving, here are our picks for best children’s books of 2014, in no particular order:

Juvenile Non Fiction:

Cover of the book Brown Girl Dreaming.The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights / Steve Sheinkin

Brown Girl Dreaming / Jacqueline Woodson

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek / Van Wagenen

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse / Patricia MacLachlan

Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth / Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus / Jennifer Bryant

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker / Patricia Hruby Powell

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands / Katherine Roy

The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond / Patrick DillonCover of the book Buried Sunlight.

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos / Stéphanie Roth Sisson

The Noisy Paint Box / Barb Rosenstock

Strike! The Farm Workers’ Fight for Their Rights / Larry Dane Brimner

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems / Paul B. Janeczko

Gravity / Jason Chin

Gus and Me: the Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar / Keith Richards

I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World / Malala Yousafzai


Picture Books:

Cover of the book The Baby Tree.My Grandfather’s Coat / Jim Aylesworth

The Baby Tree / Sophie Blackall

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas / Lynne Cox

Gaston / Kelly DiPucchio

Extraordinary Jane / Hannah E. Harrison

Shoe Dog / Megan McDonald

Number One Sam / Greg Pizzoli

Telephone / Mac Barnett

Froodle / Antoinette Portis

What If…? / Anthony Browne

Viva Frida / Yuyi Morales

The Lion and the Bird / Marianne Dubuc

Cover of the book Gaston.The Farmer and the Clown / Marla Frazee

Firebird / Misty Copeland

Draw! / Raúl Colón

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole / Mac Barnett

Adventures of Beekle / Dan Santat

Found / Salina Yoon

I’m My Own Dog / David Ezra Stein

Mix It Up! / Hervé Tullet

Princess Sparkle Heart Gets a Makeover / Josh Schneider


J and YA Fiction

Cover of the book West of the Moon.West of the Moon / Margi Preus

Five, Six, Seven, Nate! / Tim Federle

Half a World Away / Cynthia Kadohata

Curiosity / Gary Blackwood

Saving Lucas Biggs / Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

Arcady’s Goal / Eugene Yelchin

The Glass Sentence / S. E. Grove

The Great Greene Heist / Varian Johnson

The Crossover / Kwame Alexander

Revolution / Deborah WilesCover of the book The Crossover.

The Madman of Piney Woods / Christopher Paul Curtis

My Heart is Laughing / Rose Lagercrantz

Egg & Spoon / Gregory Maguire

Rain Reign / Ann M. Martin

The Fourteenth Goldfish / Jennifer L. Holm

The Iron Trial / Holly Black and Cassandra Clare


Graphic Novels

Cover of the book El Deafo.Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust / Loïc Dauvillier

Here I am / Patti Kim

Gaijin: American Prisoner of War / Matt Faulkner

The Graveyard Book / P. Craig Russell

Sisters / Raina Telgemeier

This One Summer / Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

El Deafo / Cece Bell

Comics Squad: Recess! / Various Authors

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