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Best Children's Books of 2013 So Far

The first six months of this year brought a wealth of fantastic books for kids of all ages.  From our favorite board book with a literary twist to the brilliant second novel from a Newbery Medal winning author, we came up with our picks for the Best Children's Books of 2013 So Far. Below is a little teaser--the first 5 (of the top 15) for each age group.  Did any of our top titles become bedtime favorites or find a place on the bookshelf in your house this year?

Board Books (Baby-Age 2) Sense160

  1. Sense and Sensibility: A BabyLit Opposites Primer by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver
  2. Dig In! by April Jones Prince, illustrated by Michelle Berg
  3. Faces for Baby: An Art for Baby Book by Yana Peel
  4. Not That Tutu! by Michelle Sinclair Colman, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
  5. How Does Baby Feel? by Karen Katz

SteamTrain160Picture Books (Ages 3-5)

  1. Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  2. The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
  3. Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy
  4. If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin Stead
  5. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Sasquatch160Chapter Books (Ages 6-8)

  1. The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors and Dan Sent
  2. Bink and Gollie: Best Friends Forever by Kate DiCamillo & Alison McGee, illustrated by Tony Fucile
  3. Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller
  4. Dodsworth in Tokyo by Tim Egan
  5. National Geographic Kids Chapters: Animal Superstars: And More True Stories of Amazing Animal Talents by Aline Alexander Newman

NavigatingEarly160Books for Middle Grades (Ages 9-12)

  1. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
  2. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
  3. Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz
  4. Paperboy by Vince Vawter
  5. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis

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