Monday, December 23, 2013

2013 Favorites

Another year has flown by.  I didn't post as much this year as in previous years, but a quick glance at my LibraryThing account tells me that I've read about the same number of books as usual (over 200).

There are many outstanding books published in 2013 that I'm sure I've missed. 
However, of the books I've read, 
these are my favorites:

(All book titles are linked to my reviews of same.)


  • Picture Book Nonfiction







Also wonderful:
How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge (Roaring Brook)
Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin (Atheneum)




  • Picture Book Fiction





I have great respect for librarian, Betsy Bird, and her blog Fuse 8 (where she took issue with this book), but I just have to disagree with her on this one.  Not only did I love it, I took it with me on numerous school visits where I read it to large and diverse groups of children; they loved it, too.

Also wonderful:
The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson (Annick Press)



  • Young Adult Fiction



  • Fallout by Todd Strasser (Candlewick)

Also wonderful: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (Amulet)


  • Juvenile Fiction






  • Juvenile Nonfiction




Also wonderful:
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (I "read" the audiobook version)


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