One Writer’s Journey

December 16, 2013

Top 20 Children’s Books

Recently the editors at Amazon posted their list of the Top 20 Children’s Books of 2013.  How many of these titles have you read?  I’ve sorted them according to type (picture book, chapter book, middle grade and young adult).
Picture Books:

Sense and Sensibility: A BabyLit Opposites Primer by Jennifer Adams, Alison Oliver (Gibbs, Smith)

Journey by Aaron Becker (Candlewick)

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books)

Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker (author) and Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator) (Chronicle Books)

Locomotive by Brian Floca (Atheneum)

The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel)

Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy (Simon and Schuster)

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea (Disney-Hyperion)

Put on Your Shoes! by Dan Stiles (POW!)

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner (Clarion Books)

Chapter Book


My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara (Feiwel and Friends)

Middle Grade

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Dial)

Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes (Quercus)

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion)

The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors, Dan Santat (illustrators) (Little, Brown)

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (Delacorte)

Paperboy bVince Vawter (Delacorte)

Young Adult


Battling Boy by Paul Pope (First Second)

Picture books and middle grade novels are solidly represented.  Chapter books tend to be series titles and mass market at that so I can see why they have troubles making a best book list.  But what about all the amazing YA out there?  Did they not read Reality Boy by A.M. King?  Or The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater? Not that I would want to come up with 20 books that were the very best, but I do wonder.

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