Favorite Picture Books from 2014


Continuing to share my favorite reads from 2014.... this time I'm focusing on picture books.


It was another amazing year for picture books. I did a Mock Caldecott with a group of 5th graders this year. They were passionate about three main titles:

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
The Adventures of BEEKLE
&
Extraordinary Jane



Here are my favorite picture books from this year:

NONFICTION:

How to Make a Planet

(reviewed earlier this year http://www.mariaselke.com/2014/09/how-to-make-planet-nfpb-review.html)










Star Stuff


(also reviewed this year - http://www.mariaselke.com/2014/11/star-stuff-carl-sagan-biography-nfpb.html )







My Country 'Tis of Thee


(Wow! I reviewed this one, too! http://www.mariaselke.com/2014/07/my-country-tis-of-thee-nfpb2014-review.html ) 









FICTION

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

The winner of my 5th grade Mock Caldecott.











The Adventures of Beekle

Runner up for our Mock Caldecott. I had one kid who was VERY insistent that this one should win. I loved the imagination and adore Santat's work.

(They also gave Extraordinary Jane a Newbery Honor in our Mock Caldecott, but that one didn't quite make the top of my list)








Julia's House for Lost Creatures
Probably MY favorite of the year. Hatke is a delight. (Did he make my graphic novel list too?)









The Most Magnificent Thing
This was really the year for celebrating "Makers". I even set up a full shelf on my Goodreads for titles that honored and encouraged creative expression (drawing, building, creating).
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/4878838?shelf=artistic-creative-inspirations








The Angry Little Puffin
I love Timothy Young (I Hate Picture Books rocked). This is so adorable. I have a puffin loving son, so this was the perfect present for him, too!












Interested in my favorites I read in 2014 that were published in other years?
http://www.mariaselke.com/2014/12/favorite-2014-reads-not-published-in.html


Still to come:
Graphic Novels
MG Novels
YA Novels


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