Favorite Books of 2013

Merry Christmas! Since Christmas is a time of giving, I thought I would let you all know what books have given me the most pleasure this past year! So, here are some of my favorite books that I have read in 2013 (note, these are not necessarily books that were published in 2013, just books that I read in 2013). Click on the links to see my full review of the books. Enjoy!

Children’s Fiction Book:
by R. J. Palacio


So I am still thinking about this story. Even all these months later. Auggie is one of those characters that just sticks with you. And as a reader, I am grateful that he has.

Funny Book:
Battle Bunny
by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett
illustrated by Matthew Myers

battle bunny

I don’t think I laughed out loud more with any other book than I did with this one. It was that funny. And the best part was when I watched my nephew pick it up and start reading it. And then he started laughing. And that is when I knew that this book would be one of my favorites. Ah, the power of laughter.

Graphic Novel:
Little White Duck
by Na Liu
illustrated by Andres Vera Martinez

little white duck

Wow. This was a powerful book. One that I sure won’t forget in a hurry. I also loved that I learned so much more about a different culture from this book. And the book made me appreciate what I have, my family, and how I see the world around me. It was yet again another book that made me think about what I read and then think about what all that means to me.

Non-Fiction Book:
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy
by Nathan Hale

one dead spy

There was so much great information in this book, and the best thing was that it was told in such a way that kids would want to read it. I mean, not only was it a great graphic novel with fun illustrations…but it was funny. Who would have thought that history could be so amusing to read, eh?

Picture Book:
Exclamation Mark
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

exclamation mark

I never knew that punctuation could be so hilarious. But this book was great fun to read. And I loved the expressions on the little exclamation mark. Granted, my story time kids didn’t get this as much as the older kiddos…but it was MY favorite picture book of the year. And it made me laugh out loud…even though they were little dots and lines for illustrations. Such fun. Seriously.

Preschool Story Time Book:
by Andy Pritchett


This one was my favorite to share with preschool kids this year. Seriously, I love how much can be discerned by little kiddos with just a few words…and some great expressions. This is one I think I will have to own just to use in story time.

Teen Book:
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

fault in our stars

This book made me cry. A lot. But it was so, so good. So good that they are making a movie of it. Which I am excited about…and not all at the same time. But this one was a big “thinker” type of book. And I will say that those type often stick with me the longest.


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