Notable Children’s Books

As winter draws near, so do opportunities to get cozy and snuggle with a good book! Check out one of these New York Times notable children’s books of 2014. You’ll be happy you did!

Picture Books:

Baby Tree The Baby Tree
by Sophie Blackall


After learning that his parents are expecting a baby, a young boy asks several people where babies come from and gets a different answer from each before his parents have a chance to give the right answer. Includes advice on answering questions about reproduction.

Farmer & Clown The Farmer and the Clown
by Marla Frazee


A wordless picture book in which a farmer rescues a baby clown who has bounced off the circus train, and reunites him with his clown family.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett


Sam and Dave are on a mission to find something spectacular. They decide to dig a hole and keep digging, but they don’t find anything. But, somebody does find something, and the day becomes spectacular in the end.

Hansel & Gretel Hansel & Gretel
by Neil Gaiman


Two abandoned children come upon a gingerbread cottage inhabited by a cruel witch who wants to eat them.

Middle grades:

Brown Girl Dreaming Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson


The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.

The Red Pencil The Red Pencil
by Andrea Davis Pinkney


After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder.

Sisters Sisters
by Raina Telgemeier


Raina, fourteen, and her ten-year-old sister Amara don’t get along. On a road trip to a family reunion, the two are left alone in the family van when it breaks down.

El Deafo El Deafo
by Cece Bell


Going to school can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers!


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