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Best of 2013 List of Lists

If you aren’t familiar with Largehearted Boy now is the time to become so. Each year he puts together a list of “Best of” lists. I searched and found all the links that lead to “Best of” list for “children”, “teen”, or “young adult”. The below list was made just before the holidays so make sure you check Largehearted Boy’s website for the latest updates and other “Best of” lists ranging from nonfiction to adult books. Also check his site for daily free music downloads.

From Largehearted Boy’s Best Books of 2013 List, Children and Young Adult

The Book Diaries (best children’s picture books)

Brain Pickings (best children’s, illustrated, and picture books)

BuzzFeed (best children’s books)

Canadian Children’s Literature Awards (children’s books)

Cate’s Book Nut Hut (top children’s books)

Chicken Spaghetti (list of children’s book lists)

The Children’s Book Review (best books for kids)

Christchurch Kids Blog (best children’s books)

Columbus Dispatch (best children’s books)

Flowering Minds (best children’s picture books)

Guardian (best children’s literature)

Horn Books (children’s books)

Huffington Post (best children’s picture books)

Independent (best children’s books)

Independent (best illustrated children’s books)

Iowa Public Radio (children’s books)

Kirkus (best children’s books)

KPCC (best children’s books)

The Library Ninja! (best children’s picture books)

Meridian Magazine (children’s fiction)

Nerdy Book Club (children’s and young books)

New York Times (best illustrated children’s books)

New York Times (notable children’s books)

New Zealand Listener (best children’s books)

Newsday (top children’s books)

Omnivoracious (best children’s books)

Parents (best children’s books)

Publishers Weekly (best children’s fiction)

Publishers Weekly (best children’s nonfiction books)

Publishers Weekly (best children’s picture books)

Random Musings of a Bibliophile (best children’s picture books)

Readings (best children’s picture books)

ReadKiddoRead (children’s books)

Redeemed Reader (favorite children’s picture books)

Spectator (children’s books)

Stories with Ms. Jenna (best children’s picture books)

Summer Edward (top children’s and YA books)

Tablet (best Jewish children’s books)

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award (Canadian children’s books)

Teaching Authors (favorite children’s picture books)

Telegraph (best young children’s books)

Walk the Ridgepole (favorite children’s picture books)

Wall Street Journal (best children’s books)

Bookworld (best kids books)

The Children’s Book Review (best books for kids)

Globe and Mail (best kids books)

Metro (best kids’ books)

Mingling with Words (favorite kids books)

St. Louis Public Library (staff’s best kids’ books)

Stories with Ms. Jenna (best middle grade books)

The Observer (best fiction for 8- to 12-yearolds)

The Gluten-Free Girl (best cookbooks for kids)

Swimmy by Leo Lionni


A written review by Adrienne

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

There is strength in friendship.

Swimmy looks different from the fish he plays with. This is not an issue as they all enjoy each other’s company. One day while playing a big fish comes along and starts eating the little fish. Only Swimmy is able to escape this fate. As he swims along he starts exploring his environment. He learns about different kinds of fish noting their range of size and color.

In his exploration Swimmy discovers a new school of fish. He is ready to play but the other fish are too scared because of the bigger fish they will prey on them. Swimmy uses his new-found knowledge and gets the small fish to band together so the big fish will leave them alone. This is a wonderful story about friendship, loss and learning to work as a team. Recommended for Pre-school and up.

Pretty Penny Makes Ends Meet by Devon Kinch

Pretty Penny Makes Ends Meet

A written review by Adrienne

Often children can feel helpless when it comes to family financial problems. Kinch’s story shows how being resourceful and using one’s talent may not solve the problem but can help ease a burden.

Sitting in her room, Penny hears a boom and she and Bunny rush down to the basement to find it flooding with water. Poor Bunny has spent is worried about going over her repair budget to get it fixed. Penny figures out a way she can help by using her talents. She purchases some items and uses found materials to make jewelry and other decorative clothing. After a good day of selling, Penny is successful in helping Bunny.

Kinch uses financial terms in a way that children can easily understand and learn. The story also shows that even though Penny didn’t come up with the full amount every little bit helps. Recommended for 2nd grade and up.


That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

That Is Not a Good Idea!

A written review by Adrienne

That Is Not a Good Idea!

A written review by Adrienne

Willems rewrites an old version of a folktale with a twist. The story of Fox and Goose is told in style of an old black-and-white movie. The text is separated from the illustrations using white lettering, black background and framed. All that’s missing is the dramatic piano music. The illustrations make the most of two-shots and close-ups.

Fox meets Goose on the street and asks her to go on a stroll with him. Goose acquiesces and Fox leads her into the woods. In the woods is his house where Fox requests Goose’s help in making soup. They both determine a key ingredient is missing. What happens next is both surprising, funny and demands an immediate re-read to find the clues hidden in the story. Readers may think Goose is too gullible and agrees too quickly to Fox’s requests. Her replies are always in close-up showing vulnerability and innocence, worrying the reader about her inevitable outcome.

The tension is slowly ratcheted up by the chicks who adamantly exclaim throughout the story how each request by Fox is not a good idea. Williems’ talent is his sophisticated humor which he is able to make clear for children to understand and get without dumbing it down. Librarians can utilize call-and-response to really get the children involved in the story. Recommended for Pre-school and up.

Penguine and Pinecone: A Friendship Story by Salina Yoon

Penguin and Pinecone

A written review by Jenny

Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon- When Penguin finds a lost pinecone one day, an unlikely friendship blooms. Reminded that pinecones can’t live in the snow-Penguin embarks on a journey to return pinecone to his home dreaming of the day they can reunite. When he finally returns to the forest to check on his friend, he finds that not only has the pinecone grown, but also the love between them.  Spare illustrations and text make this lovely story of caring and unselfish friendship good for one on one reading or storytime.

Cone Sold Stober Indi Reviews

We come to you cone sold stober as we give you our indi reviews.

“Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury” edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle

“Linus the Vegetarian T-Rex” by Robert Neubecker

“Project Cain” by Geoffrey Girard

“Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant” by Tony Cliff

Lucky Ducklings: A True Rescue Story by Eva Moore and Nancy Carpenter

Lucky Ducklings

“Lucky Ducklings: A True Rescue Story” by Eva Moore and Nancy Carpenter

A written review by Adrienne

On a small island, in a small town, in a small park on a small pond lives Mama Duck, and her ducklings: Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin and Little Joe. One day Mama Duck decides to go for a walk but not in the park but into the town. As she leads the way her baby ducklings follow behind.

As Mama Duck walks she crosses a storm drain. As the ducklings follow her one-by-one they fall down the drain into the water below. It is the families quack cries that alert the town. The fireman try to open the grate but to no avail. Can Perry, a man with a truck and a cable line help?

There is brief tension built on whether the ducks will make it out of the storm drain and be reunited with Mama. For parents this is wonderful opportunity to talk about the ducks and how help can be found. Recommended for Kindergarten and up.

Nowhere to Go Indi Reviews

Got nowhere to go? Take us with you! Indi reviews just for your ear holes.

“Squirrels on Skies” by J. Hamilton Ray and Pascal Lamaitre

“Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention: A Memoir” by Katherine Ellison

“Dot” by Patricia Intriago

“Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of A Creative Revolution: From the Sopranos and the The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad” by Brett Martin (audio format)

Farmer’s Market Day by Shanda Trent and Jane Dippold

Farmer's Market Day

“Farmer’s Market Day” by Shanda Trent and Jane Dippold

A written review by Adrienne

Early on a sleepy Saturday morning a little girl is dressed and ready to go to the farmer’s market. She waits patiently with her piggy bank in hand for mom, dad and the family dog to wake up and get moving.

Once she arrives at the market it is a myriad of choices on what she should buy for herself. She goes from food to plants and pets. Along her way she inadvertently knocks over and spills items in her wake.

This book is delightful in exploring all that local farmer’s markets have to offer. I liked that it came from the viewpoint of a child. Farmer’s markets and food shopping is not just a adult chore but an exploration and discovery for children to learn about new foods. Recommended for Kindergarten and up.