The Best Children's Books of 2013

This year we looked at even more children's books because, let's face it, there are some really special books for kids of all ages--Sense and Sensibility: Opposites Primer, anyone? Ab-so-lutely.  Here are the Best Books of the Year lists by age, and you can see the list for Teen & Young Adult here.

These are the titles that took the number one spot for each age range:

Humans of New York Rocket's Mighty Words by Tad Hills
Rocket has popped up in a couple of earlier picture books, but this oversized board book appeals to a variety of ages.  Babies and toddlers will enjoy the bright colors and learning to say simple words while Rocket learns to spell them. Little bird's teaching also gives preschoolers and kindergarteners a chance to practice their letters and early spelling skills. A perfect choice for households with little ones that are a couple of years apart.    Baby-Age 2
The Day the Crayons Quit The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
I still crack up every time I read this book.  The story's sense of humor--crayons who write letters to the boy who uses them--plays equally well to kids and adults and can be read repeatedly without my wanting to poke an eye out. The Day the Crayons Quit is also great for kids reading on their own because the personalities that come through in each crayon's letter offers an opportunity to explore the nuance of feelings behind the words ranging from whining to praise to peace making.   Ages 3-5
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O'Hara
When his big brother gets a real chemistry set for his birthday, Tom knows the sibling torment is about to get worse.  How much worse is part of the hilarity, and first and second graders with teenage brothers and sisters will likely relate to this family dynamic.  Readers are sure to enjoy the turn of events when Tom's pet goldfish comes out of his chemistry set experience supercharged with hypnotic powers and a thrist for revenge. A really fun way to get both boys and girls excited about reading chapter books.  Ages 6-8

Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Willow is a 12-year-old genius and outsider who focuses on her passions--nature and diagnosing medical conditions--and her family.  When she is suddenly orphaned, her world turns upside down and so begins her moving story of transformation and connection.  Counting by 7s is a story that lingers long after you read it, with memorable characters and beautiful writing that speaks directly to your heart.   Ages 9-12

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