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.
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.
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.
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
A cover that hints at mystery and strange happenings and . . . ? Tender. Sweet. Kind
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
Persistence and love wrapped in brown, green and a little brother’s smile.
Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay
A story starts with a blank white page . . .
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.
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.
Bird by Crystal Chan
One girl raised in grief and superstition chases living. Sad and spectacular imagery.
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Friendship trials and celebrations. Growing up with hearing loss and super powers.
Nest by Esther Ehrlich
Chirp. Joey. Solid but broken. Love their observations, their coping strategies, their complicated friendship.
Revolution by Deborah Wiles
Tears, faith, outrage, peace. What a story. Wiles pulls you right into 1964.
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Rose does things differently. But much a lot more bravely. Such a read.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Full of raw mistakes and huge hopes. Energizing despite the grief and pain.
Please share your own favourites of the year . . .