So excited to share my favourites of 2013! I had a wonderful year of reading – thanks to the amazing authors and illustrators out there that enrich our lives in so many ways.
The best of the best (published in 2013) for me?
13 favourites and no more than 13 words of raving about each title. This was my challenge last year (12 books, 12 words) with my 2012 Favourites. This year I get one more book and one more word to play with!
I decided to split these titles into 4 categories of what I read most of – middle grade novels, young adult novels, picture books and nonfiction picture books. 4 x 3 titles each and one bonus book = 13 titles for 2013 🙂
Middle Grade Titles:
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Brilliant, unique characters who teach us what it means to have “people”
Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco
Inclusion. Bullies. Women’s rights. Orphans. Magic. Love where it’s needed.
The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
High drama, adventure and intrigue led by Jaron: loyal, brave and charmingly plucky.
Young Adult Titles:
Living with Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles
Teenage vulnerability and humility. Best kind of uncle. Two well written male characters.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Because teenage love stories don’t often look like this. Gets you but good.
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Intrigue, mystery, twists, upsets, revelations. Oh these Aglionby boys. And Blue . . .
Picture Books (fiction):
The Man with the Violin written by Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Dušan Petričić
Because we all need reminders to stop and honour the magic all around us.
The Mighty Lalouche written by Matthew Olshan and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
The joy and humour of boxing adventures and the triumph of the underdog.
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Wild Thing! I think we love you. Just divine. Swoon.
Picture Books (nonfiction):
The Boy who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos written by Deborah Heiligman and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Mathtastic magic that inspires little thinkers. The wonders of number devotion.
On A Beam of Light- A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
Wonder, curiosity and thinking outside of the box. Accessible Einstein!
Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animals’ Lives written by Lola Schaefer and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Math is all around us. Gorgeous illustrations. Fascinating animal facts.
And one more – published in North America in 2013. And in Australia in 2012.
Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon
Pancakes. Jacques Cousteau. Jazz tunes. New York City. Someone who gets you.
Please share your own favourites of the year . . .
Great list of favorites, Carrie! Many are on my list as well including Counting by 7’s and Runaway King for novels and Man with the Violin and On a Beam of Light for picture books. Still haven’t read Herman and Rosie! Happy New Books for 2014!
You need to find a copy of Herman and Rosie! You will absolutely love it. Perfect book for adults and children alike. I feel confident in predicting that you will love it! Are you making a best of list? Would love to read it!!!
Do you realize how many I’ve bought because of your recommendations, Carrie! Of all these I still haven’t seen The Mighty LaLouche. Guess I’d better find it! I won’t do 13 here, but favorites have to be Counting By 7s, Eleanor and Park, and The Man With The Violin. (I read it, but gave it to my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas-both are musicians & loved it!). I would add If You Want To See A Whale-I love that book! And FYI-I ordered Herman and Rosie and love it, too-keeping it! Happy, happy new year!
If I had done more picture book titles If You Want to See a Whale would have made this list (it was in my top 5 I listed for NerdyBook Club) So pleased that you love both Herman and Rosie and The Man with the Violin. Such special books! Thank you for trusting my recommendations! Yikes, pressure.
How I love this post!! 🙂
So delighted 🙂
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