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:


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 ) 


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).

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?

Still to come:
Graphic Novels
MG Novels
YA Novels


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