With 2014 almost over, my big piece of advice to writers is this: the best thing a writer can do to improve his/her craft is to become an avid reader. Below please find School Library Journal's list of best books for 2014. Think of it as your shopping list. Want to check out other lists? Just google any of the following: The Horn Book, Publisher’s Marketplace, Mr. Shu Reads or Kirkus Review. Xoxo Kim Tomsic
SLJ BEST Picture Books 2014
MY GRANDFATHER’S COAT by Jim Aylesworth
Yuyi Morales. photos by Tim O’Meara. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks.
MY BUS by Byron Barton (HarperCollins/Greenwillow)
BROTHER HUGO AND THE BEAR by Katy Beebe. Illus. by S.D. Schnidler) (Eerdmans)
THE BABY TREE by Sophie Blackall (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks.)
BIG BUG BY Henry Cole (Simon & Schuster)
DRAW by Raúl Colón. S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks.
THE FARMER AND THE CLOWN (Love love love--here is my pick!):
The Farmer and the Clown
Marla Frazee. S. & S./Beach Lane.
ELIZABETH, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox. Illus. by Brian Floca (Random/Schwartz&W)
WEASELS by Elys Dolan (Candlewick)
ANY QUESTIONS? By Marie-Louise Gay (House of Anansi/Groundwood)
ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel)
THE IRIDESCENCE OF BIRDS: A book about Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan illus. by Hadley Hooper (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Books)
HUNTERS OF THE GREAT FOREST by Dennis Nolan (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Books)
WHAT IF…? By Anthony Browne (Candlewick)
RULES OF SUMMER by Shaun Tan (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books)
THREE BEARS IN A BOATThree Bears in a BoatDavid Soman. Dial.
SLJ Best Books 2014: Middle Grade
THE CROSSOVER THE BOUNDLESS
THE NIGHT GARDENER THE RED PENCIL
EL DEAFO WEST OF THE MOON
|ALL FOUR STARS by Tara Dairman|
NEST CARTWHEELING IN THUNDERSTORMS
OPHELIA AND THE MARVELOUS BOY
MY HEART IS LAUGHING SISTERS
RAIN REIGN REVOLUTION
My personal addition to this list of middle grade selections is: ALL FOUR STARS by Tara Dairman
SLJ Best Books 2014: Young Adult: The Impossible Knife of Memory, Avalon , The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, Mortal Heart, We Were Liars, Egg &Spoon, Althelia & Oliver, I’ll Give You the Sun, Gabi: A Girl in Pieces, Grasshopper Jungle, Blue Lily Lily Blue, This One Summer, The Accidental Highwayman, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Afterworlds, Belzhar