Favourites of 2014

Here are my favourite titles of 2014! Another wonderful year of reading – always in awe of the amazing authors and illustrators out there that give us the important gift of stories.

The best of the best (published in 2014) for me?

14 favourites and no more than 14 words of raving about each title. This was my challenge last year with my Favourites of 2013 (13 books, 13 words) and in 2012 (12 books, 12 words) with my 2012 Favourites. This year I get one more book and one more word to play with! 🙂

This year I chose to spread my book love evenly between picture books and novels. 7 and 7. I will be sharing my nonfiction favourites in a post of their own this week so I focussed a little more on fiction here.

In no particular order – my 7 favourite picture books of 2014:

Sparky! written by Jenny Offill and illustrated by Chris Appelhans

Absolutely charming. And wonderfully slow – yes, like a sloth.

Sparky Favourites of 2014 There's a Book for That

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin written by Chieri Uegaki with illustrations by Qin Leng

A story of determination, perseverance and creativity. Dream. Be courageous. Such messages.

 Favourites of 2014 There's a Book for That

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Thanks To Katherine Applegate and all of those who have loved Ivan, we love Ivan too.

ivan Favourites of 2014 There's a Book for That

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

A cover that hints at mystery and strange happenings and . . . ? Tender. Sweet. Kind

 The Farmer and the Clown Favourites of 2014 There's a Book for That

The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett

Persistence and love wrapped in brown, green and a little brother’s smile.

 The Girl and the Bicycle Favourites of 2014 There's a Book for That

Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay

A story starts with a blank white page . . .

 Any Questions Favourites of 2014 There's a Book for That

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Pulls you deep into a “theorizing hole.” Digging in, around and out is highly satisfying.

 sam and Dave Favourites of 2014 There's a Book for That

And the novels that touched me – often making me pause and just connect with the state of being and living and loving. Novels roll out stories that transform our thinking with beautiful words on a page – the characters in these books have stuck with me.

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

Vulnerability. A touching exploration of grief. Superb writing and of course, little Frankie Sky.

 The Summer of Letting Go Favourites of 2014 There's a Book for That

Bird by Crystal Chan

One girl raised in grief and superstition chases living. Sad and spectacular imagery.

 Bird Favourites of 2014 There's a Book for That

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Friendship trials and celebrations. Growing up with hearing loss and super powers.

El Deafo Favourites of 2014 There's a Book for That

Nest by Esther Ehrlich

Chirp. Joey. Solid but broken. Love their observations, their coping strategies, their complicated friendship.

Nest Favourites of 2014 There's a Book for That

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Tears, faith, outrage, peace. What a story. Wiles pulls you right into 1964.

Revolution Favourites of 2014 There's a Book for That

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Rose does things differently. But much a lot more bravely. Such a read.

Rain Reign Favourites of 2014 There's a Book for That

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Full of raw mistakes and huge hopes. Energizing despite the grief and pain.

I'll Give you the sun Favourites of 2014 There's a Book for That

Please share your own favourites of the year . . . 

14 thoughts on “Favourites of 2014

  1. Have some thanks to your blog. See some more to look for. Back to my librarian first. This year loved: The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, What Do You Do With An Idea by Yobi Yamada and Each Kindness by Jaqueline Woodson. Journey and Quest by Aaron Becker To name a few.

  2. We shared some titles (I still have a few posts to write!) My students loved Sparky! though it didn’t make their Mock Caldecott. Sam & Dave did end up their winner. I loved Rain Reign, El Deafo, and Summer of Letting Go (all three are on my various lists)

  3. I’ve read them all, but Any questions and I’ll Give You The Sun, Carrie. What a wonderful year of books it has been, & lucky us, I think we said that last year at this time, too! Rain Reign is still a favorite & has stayed with me… Picture books-love The Farmer & The Clown, but I would add The Lion & The Bird, too. Ah-so many to choose from! Happy New Year!

  4. Another wonderful reading year for sure! We have some overlaps. I just finalized my top 14 of the year and am working on my post and borrowing your idea of no more than 14 words to describe. Felt sad to post my PB list last night with no explanations or words at all, but after a marathon 5 hrs of family therapy yesterday, it’s a miracle I got anything else done. 5 hours of therapy AND THEN I read Sounder. Scarred for life once again by a Newbery title. There are several books on your list I still haven’t read–several that are going on my #mustreadin2015 list!

    • It is challenging to share our book love when other things going on. I have now learned to type with my left hand. Thankfully, I had this post and my nonfiction post pre-written (or almost) so I just had to edit and share. My shoulder/nerve pain thing is terrible. Sigh. I will go check out your favourites lists. Love seeing what people choose.

      • Oh dear, left-handed typing! That would be SLOW. So sorry the pain is still so bad. I am also really enjoying all the favorites lists coming through my RSS feed. Of course my TBR list is just growing and growing….

  5. I agree with so many of these. I only don’t agree where I haven’t read the book yet! Off to add to my wish list. Happiest of New Years friend. Here’s to another year of books!

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