Best Kids Books of 2013


Every June, the kid-lit experts at the Horn Book Magazine share their picks for the best summer reading with MetroKids readers. Yesterday, they sent me a sneak peek at their list of the best books for young people published in 2013, one I'm thrilled to pass on here to augment the gift books already chosen by MK's resident book reviewer Frank Lipsius. Get shopping so your kids can get reading.

The complete annotated list will be sent to Notes from the Horn Book subscribers next week (an e-blast I like so much, I get it at both my personal and professional inboxes; my kids, well, usually like to read). A designed collectible version will be published in the January/February Horn Book. Here's a taste today.

Best Picture Books of 2013

Building Our House, written and illustrated by Jonathan Bean (Farrar)
Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker (Candlewick; pictured) 
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, written and illustrated by Peter Brown (Little, Brown)
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? written by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier (Clarion)
Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle (Chronicle)
The Tiny King, written and illustrated by Taro Miura (Candlewick)
Niño Wrestles the World, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Porter/Roaring Brook)
The Dark, written by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Little, Brown)
Mr. Wuffles!; written and illustrated by David Wiesner (Clarion)
Gobble You Up, written by Gita Wolf, illustrated by Sunita (Tara)

Best Kids' Fiction of 2013

All the Truth That’s in Me, by Julie Berry (Viking)
Penny and Her Marble, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow) 
The Year of Billy Miller, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow)
Bo at Ballard Creek, written by Kirkpatrick Hill, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (Holt)
The Thing About Luck, written by Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Julia Kuo (Atheneum)
Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
A Corner of White [Colors of Madeleine], by Jaclyn Moriarty (Levine/Scholastic)
Invasion, by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)
Bluffton: My Summers with Buster, written and illustrated by Matt Phelan (Candlewick)
Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell (Griffin/St. Martins)
Counting by 7s, written by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Dial)
P.S. Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad/HarperCollins)
Boxers & Saints, written and illustrated by Gene Luen Yang, color by Lark Pien (First Second/Roaring Brook)

Best Kids' Nonfiction of 2013

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein, written by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky (Chronicle)
The Great American Dust Bowl, written and illustrated by Don Brown (Houghton)
Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard, written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca (Jackson/Atheneum)
The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest—and Most Surprising—Animals on Earth, written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Houghton)
March: Book One, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions)
Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Really Looked Like? by Catherine Thimmesh (Houghton)


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