2013 was a great year for books. Of course, if you're a book lover, every year is a great year for books. But despite all its woes, the publishing industry is still cranking out books for the people who love them, and our job is to help you find the ones that shouldn't be missed. We'll start with our youngest readers.
CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS
The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers.Poor Duncan just wants to color. Unfortunately, he can't, because all of his colors have quit in protest. The book is full of all the letters they have written explaining their reasoning. Black is tired of being used for nothing but outlining. Blue feels overworked because he always has to do the sky and bodies of water. Purple, it turns out, is a neat freak and is angry because Duncan never stays in the lines. And Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. This is an adorable book that will have your kids talking to their crayons. And rethinking large bodies of water.
How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton. If you had a train for a pet, how would you take care of it? This was the perfect Christmas gift for train-crazy little boys. We try to keep a lot of train books in stock because we get so many requests for them. This was our favorite of 2013, although Locomotive was a close second.
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. It was actually published in late 2012, but it won the Caldecott Medal for 2013. A sequel to Klassen's I Want My Hat Back, this book is also a visual treat with smart, dry humor.