Kids' books we love 2014

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Kids' books we love 2014

Kids' books we love 2014

Today I'm Going to Wear...

Written and illustrated by Dan Stiles
POW!, $10
Ages: 3-7

What should you wear today? Will it be a cowboy hat with polka dots? Or a T-shirt covered in bats? This board book is all about what it takes to put together the perfect outfit.

Kids' books we love 2014

Audrey (cow)

Written by Dan Bar-el and illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
Tundra Books, $22
Ages: 7-10

When Audrey the cow learns that she's headed for the slaughterhouse (oh my!), her barnyard friends help her plan a great escape.

Kids' books we love 2014

The Story Starts Here

Written and illustrated by Caroline Merola
Owl Kids, $18
Ages: 3-7

Little Wolf is very stubborn. He tells a story about how he does things his way by asking little readers to read this topsy-turvy book back-to-front!

Kids' books we love 2014

You're Tutu Cute

Written and illustrated by Sandra Magsamen
Little Brown Books, $9

Wee readers will want to twirl, whirl and reach for the sky the way the adorable ballerina bears do in this book. They’re simply “tutu cute.”

Kids' books we love 2014


Written by Litsa Trochatos and illustrated by Virginia Johnson
Groundwood Books, $10

A raucous romp through all the don’ts of playing with animal friends. (Hint: never start a food ufb01ght with an octopus. Eight
arms always wins! )

Kids' books we love 2014

Why We Live Where We Live

Written by Kira Vermond and illustrated by Julie McLaughlin
Owlkids Books, $13

For curious kids who want to know all about the world (what’s climate change and why did Grandpa immigrate, anyway?), this non-ufb01ction book has the answers.

Kids' books we love 2014

The Boundless

Written by: Kenneth Oppel
HarperCollins, $14
Ages: 10-14

This award-winning author is at it again. William Everett's adventure on the new majestic train, The Boundless, is rife with heinous villains and suspenseful escapes.

Kids' books we love 2014


Written and illustrated by: Salina Yoon
Bloomsbury Publishing, $15
Ages: 0-5

After finally finding the owner of a lost toy bunny, Bear learns that special playthings are meant to be shared.

Kids' books we love 2014

The Most Magnificent Thing

Written and illustrated by: Ashley Spires 
Kids Can Press, $17
Ages: 3-7

This indefatigable little girl won't let frustration get in the way of creating her magnificent contraption. Determination is key!

Kids' books we love 2014

Love You More

Written by: Susan Musgrave and illustrated by: Esperança Melo
Orca Books, $10
Ages: 0-3

Parents may love new baby animals, white clouds in July and gentle chickadees, but they love their little bundles so much more.

Kids' books we love 2014

The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

Written and illustrated by: Mo Willems
Hyperion, $18
Ages: 3-5

This dirty birdy needs a serious scrub, but he doesn't think so. Pigeon soon discovers that bathtime really isn't all that bad—it can even be fun!

Kids' books we love 2014

File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents

Written by: Lemony Snicket and illustrated by: Seth
HarperCollins, $15
Ages: 8-12

A young Lemony Snicket has some cases to crack and urgently needs help! Readers use their sleuthing skills to help him solve his investigations.

Kids' books we love 2014

Shadow Chasers

Written and illustrated by: Elly MacKay
Running Press, $20
Ages: 3 and up

As the summer sun sets, the children in this sweet tale try their best to catch their shadows before they disappear into the evening.

Kids' books we love 2014

Mighty Dads

Written by: Joan Holub and illustrated by: James Dean
Scholastic Press, $19
Ages: 3-5

This book is full of big, mighty machines and little ones, too. Teeny trucks learn from their strong dads all about building and demolition on a construction site.

Kids' books we love 2014

Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Written and illustrated by: Jack and Holman Wang
Simply Read Books, $10
Ages: 0-3

This cherished novel has been abridged in the latest endeavour from Cozy Classics. This board book lets even the littlest readers follow Tom's journeys, too.

Kids' books we love 2014

Ten Little Pirates

Written by: Mike Brownlow and illustrated by: Simon Rickerty
Scholastic, $11
Ages: 0-5

Ten little pirates are having a hard time staying on their ship. As they run into trouble with sharks and mermaids, slowly but surely each swashbuckler ends up in the sea.

Kids' books we love 2014

Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000

Written and illustrated by: Dav Pilkey
Hachette Children's Books, $11
Ages: 7-12

This eleventh installment includes a vengeful toilet that devours everything in sight. Will Captain Underpants save the day?

Kids' books we love 2014

Julia, Child

Written by: Kyo Maclear and illustrated by: Julie Morstad
Tundra Books, $20
Ages: 0-12

A pair of young girls stir together some secret ingredients, teaching the grown-ups how important it is to stop worrying (and to use butter every chance they get!).

Kids' books we love 2014

The Madman of Piney Woods

Written by Christopher Paul Curtis
Scholastic, $19
AGES 8–12

The author of the award-winning Elijah of Buxton tells the story of Benji and Red and their curious encounters with a strange presence in the forest.

Kids' books we love 2014

Families Around the World

Written by Margriet Ruurs and illustrated by Jessica Rae Gordon
Kids Can Press, $20
AGES 3–7

Your wanderlust-filled kids will make 14 friends from all over the world and get acquainted with their families, too.

Kids' books we love 2014

That's Not My Fox

Written by Fiona Watts and illustrated by Rachel Wells
Usborne Books, $12
AGES 0–1

Your littlest reader will love all the textures in the latest board book from this series. (Don’t forget to look for the mouse!)

Kids' books we love 2014

Dinosaur vs. Santa

Written and illustrated by Bob Shea
Disney-Hyperion, $18
AGES 3-5

This rambunctious dinosaur is preparing for Santa's arrival and causing quite the rukus, too. He just can't seem to sit still!

Kids' books we love 2014

Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale

Written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Matthew Trueman
Disney-Hyperion, $18
AGES 3-5

On a precarious sea voyage, Simon's faith and a polar bear's company help him stay hopeful.

Kids' books we love 2014

Touch and Feel Christmas

DK Publishing, $8
AGES 0-2

Little ones will have fun touching Santa's fluffy beard and a reindeer's squishy nose and seeing their reflections in shiny ornaments in this board book.

Kids' books we love 2014

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This article was originally published on Mar 25, 2014

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